Extreme left-wing rebels blow up rail track, set ablaze trucks in central India

15:15, October 12, 2009      

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India's extreme left-wing rebels Monday blew up a stretch of railway track and set ablaze three trucks in Jharkhand, central India, as they began their two-day strike to protest government crack-down on the rebellion, reported the Press Trust of India.

The rebels, also known as Naxals, blew up a stretch of railway track in the Coal belt Industrial Chord section in Dhanbad of Jharkhand, forcing the stoppage of the Shaktipunj Express train, the news agency quoted Senior Public Relations Officer of the Dhanbad Rail Division Amrendra Das as saying.

About 12 armed rebels also set fire to three trucks, cut down trees to block road traffic on a main highway, and partially damaged a road bridge using explosives, the report quoted police as saying.

The rebels killed 17 policemen in an ambush last week at the border between Jharkhand and Maharashtra.

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