At least seventeen Indian security forces were killed by suspected Maoist rebels in the central state of Chhattisgarh a police spokesperson reported.
More than 300 armed men are reported to have ambushed the officers who were patrolling the jungles of Sukma district. “We have recovered 17 bodies and another 15 police are being treated for injuries,” police superintendent Shalab Sinha said.
Four Maoists were killed in the attack, the deadliest attacks in recent years. Large numbers of reinforcements were sent to the region on Sunday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned the attack and sent his condolences to the families of the victims.
Indian security forces have been battling the rebels since April 2017 when 25 police officers were killed in an attack.
Sixteen officers were also killed in a bomb attack in the western state of Maharashtra last year, just before India’s election.