Five troops killed as Indian forces raid Maoist rebel hideout

One rebel also killed in four-hour gun battle, with at least 12 Indian security personnel wounded and more reportedly missing.

Five Indian security forces have been killed in an hours-long gun battle with Maoist rebels in the forests of the eastern Chhattisgarh state, according to police.

Senior police officer D M Awasthi said on Saturday hundreds of police and paramilitary soldiers raided a hideout in Bijapur district after receiving intelligence that a large number of rebels were gathered there.

He said at least 12 security personnel were wounded in the four-hour clash, adding that authorities were working to evacuate the wounded to hospitals.

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Awasthi said the body of one rebel was also recovered.

State-run All India Radio tweeted that at least 20 security personnel were missing after the engagement.

The rebels used automatic weapons and grenades during the gun battle, Hemant Kumar Sahu, a paramilitary officer told The Associated Press news agency by phone.

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