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Suspected Maoists attack police jeep in Bengal


Kolkata : A group of unidentified miscreants, suspected to have links with Maoists, tried to blow up a jeep carrying eight police personnel by exploding a powerful landmine Thursday in West Bengal. No police official was injured.

"The landmine exploded in front of the police jeep when a team of police officials, one sub-inspector and seven constables, was coming from Lalgarh in West Midnapore district late Thursday afternoon," West Bengal Inspector General of Police (law and order) Raj Kanojia said here.

He said the police team immediately opened fire on the Maoists but they fled the spot.

Police have cordoned off the area, Kanojia added.

According to police sources, the incident took place when the police jeep was passing through the stretch of Kantapahari forest area near Lalgarh in the district.