Maoists blow up ambulance, five killed (Lead)

November 28th, 2010 - 4:37 pm ICT by IANS  

Bhubaneswar, Nov 28 (IANS) Five people, including two women and a child, were killed when Maoists blew up the ambulance they were travelling in in Orissa’s Kandhamal district, police said Sunday.

The landmine blast took place Saturday night in a hilly and forested area near Brahmanigaon, some 350 km from here.

The ambulance was on a culvert when it was blasted off. The victims were on way to their home near Brahmanigaon after admitting a pregnant woman in a government hospital in neighbouring Ganjam district.

“Two women, a three-year-old girl and two men, including the driver, were killed,” Superintendent of Police S. Praveen Kumar told IANS.

One of the dead women was a health worker, he said.

“The explosion was so powerful that it created a large hole on the road,” he said, adding that the bodies have been taken for autopsy.

The latest attack comes after the Maoists killed a contractor in the area Thursday.

Kandhamal witnessed widespread violence after the murders of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati and four of his aides at his ashram Aug 23, 2008.

At least 38 people were killed and over 25,000 Christians were forced to flee their homes after their houses were attacked by mobs that held Christians responsible for Saraswati’s killing, although the police blamed the Maoists.

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