India: Forty police feared drowned in rebel attack

A local official says 40 police officers are feared drowned in eastern India after a group of suspected communist rebels attacked a police boat.

A local official says 40 police officers are feared drowned in eastern India after a group of suspected communist rebels attacked a police boat.

Local police official Satish Kumar Gajbhiya says more than 50 police were aboard the boat today in Orissa state when suspected rebels attacked, capsizing the vessel.

He says 16 officers made it to shore, but 40 are still missing and feared drowned.

The rebels have been fighting the Indian government for decades.

In recent years about 2,000 people including police, militants and civilians have been killed in the violence.

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