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In India , Police have killed sixteen Maoist rebels in the central state of Chhattisgarh.

According to the chief of India 's anti-Maoist force,  the clash took place near Bijapur district which has seen a long-running insurgency by Maoists.

The rebels are active in several eastern and central states of India and they routinely target the Indian security forces. Twenty-four Indian troops were killed last month by the rebels in the Bijapur district.

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