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7 Naxals killed in encounter

Press Trust of India  |  Gadchiroli 

Seven Maoists, including five women, were gunned down in an encounter with the police in Maharashtra's district this morning, an official said.

The skirmish took place around 7 am at a forest in Kalled village, about 15 kms north of Zinganoor outpost in Sironcha tehsil of Gadchiroli, when a squad of C-60 commandos (police's special anti-unit) was out on anti-Naxal operation, a senior police official told PTI.

The patrolling team was cordoning-off the forest patch near Kalled, which borders neighbouring Chhattisgarh, when the exchange of fire took place between the two sides, he said.

"Seven Maoists, including five women, were killed in the encounter while some weapons were also recovered from the spot," the official said.

The bodies of were being retrieved from the forest, he said adding the rebels were yet to be identified.

A search operation was underway in the area, police said.

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First Published: Wed, December 06 2017. 12:35 IST