NEW DELHI (AFP)
"A group of Naxalites (Maoist rebels) traveling in a bus opened fire and 10 persons have been killed," B.K.S. Ray, a senior state home ministry official, said on the private news channel NDTV.
Ray said four others were seriously injured in the attack Sunday on a police post in the southern part of the state, bordering neighbouring Andhra Pradesh.
"Despite security arrangements, these things keep happening so we are on high alert," Ray said.
The Maoists, called Naxalites in India after a village in West Bengal where the movement began, stole arms from the police station before fleeing, a Press Trust of India news agency report said.
The Maoists, who have bases in 11 of India’s 29 states, say they are fighting to restore the rights of neglected tribes and landless farmers.