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Four killed as Naxals attack home in Jharkhand


First published: August 28, 2009, 1:26 PM IST | Updated: August 28, 2009
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Four killed as Naxals attack home in Jharkhand
Naxals hurled a bomb and also opened gunfire on the occupants.

Ranchi: Naxal rebels gunned down four people, including a woman and a 12-year-old girl, after raiding a home on the outskirts of this Jharkhand capital early on Friday.

A group of about 20 armed Naxals attacked the home of Digambar Mahto in Bundu, about 45 km from here, at 1.30 a.m. Friday, police said.

The hurled a bomb and then shot dead a woman and two students who were living in the house as tenants. Mahto's 12-year-old daughter was also killed, while his younger daughter, 10, has been injured.

The injured girl has been admitted to a local hospital and her condition is said to be out of danger.

"The mode of operation indicates that Naxal rebels executed the killing," said Arun Mathew, rural superintendent of police. The cause of the killing is yet to be ascertained.

In the last five days, Naxal guerrillas have killed six people, including two security personnel. The rebels have also blown up railway tracks at two places and have blasted three mobile phone towers in Jharkhand.

Naxal guerrillas are active in 18 of the 24 districts of Jharkhand. Nearly 1,500 people have been killed in Naxal-related violence in the last eight years.

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