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5 Maoists killed in encounter with security forces in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: At least five Maoists, including three women, were gunned down in an encounter with security personnel in Koraput district of Odisha on Wednesday, a senior police officer said.

The encounter took place in a forest under Padua police station limits in the morning when personnel of the Special Operations Group (SOG) and District Voluntary Force (DVF) were conducting a combing operation in the area.

The Maoists fired at the SOG and DVF men after noticing them and the security personnel retaliated the fire, killing them, the official said.

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“Of the five Maoists killed in the encounter, three were women,” the ADGP (operations) R P Koche said.

The security forces began the combing operation following a tip-off that around 15 Maoists were hiding in the forest, officials said.

Koraput SP K V Singh said the security personnel recovered five guns from the spot.

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