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Suspected Maoist rebels kill 24 troops in Chhattisgarh

Suspected Maoist rebels have killed at least 24 paramilitary soldiers on Monday

in a remote part of central India, a police official said, the latest attack in a simmering internal conflict. The soldiers were guarding road workers in the Sukma district of Chhattisgarh state when they came under fire. The rebels fired from hilltops at the group of soldiers, police officer Jitendra Shukla said. Local media reported that at least six commandos had been critically injured and were being airlifted to safety. The attack is the latest in a long-running conflict between insurgents and Indian authorities in the forests and rural areas of mainly central and eastern India. "We have recovered 23 bodies from the spot and one jawan [soldier] died in Raipur during treatment," Anand Chhabra, a senior police officer in restive Chhattisgarh, told AFP news agency, referring to the state capital.