NEW DELHI (AP) — India's home minister says Maoist rebels have ambushed a paramilitary patrol in eastern India, killing at least five people and wounding two others.
The soldiers were traveling through Koraput district in Odisha state early Tuesday when the rebels set off a bomb, blowing up their vehicle.
Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde says reinforcements were sent to the remote area and are searching for the rebels.
The rebels have been fighting in several Indian states for more than 40 years. They claim inspiration from Chinese revolutionary leader Mao Zedong.
They demand land and jobs for poor tribal communities that they say are ignored by the government. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh says the rebels are India's biggest internal threat.