16 security personnel killed in India blast

At least 16 Indian security force personnel were killed in an attack by suspected Maoist militants.

The Hindustan Times reports that the troops were targeted by a landmine blast in the Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra state.

The improvised explosive device (IED) blast is believed to be a retaliation by the Maoists after 40 extremists were gunned down by security forces on 22 April last year near Bhamragarh in the district.

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