Maoist rebels in eastern India attack security forces, killing five

Maoist rebels attacked a security convoy that was travelling through the Koraput district of the Odisha State in eastern India. Five were killed and another two were wounded.

The Maoists, also known as Naxalites, have been fighting in several states in India for more than 40 years. They have a presence in the borderlands of Odisha, West Bengal Chhattisgarh, and Maharashtra, the remote regions of Andhra Pradesh and Jharkhand, as well as Bihar. Some countries advise citizens to avoid travel in these areas. Although foreigners have not been targeted, personal security could be at risk due to indiscriminate attacks. The government of Odisha strictly controls the movement of tourists.

Travellers should obtain advice from local authorities and plan security arrangements carefully.

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