Maoists set truck on fire in Jharkhand

June 24th, 2009 - 1:34 pm ICT by IANS  

Ranchi, June 24 (IANS) Maoist guerrillas set ablaze a truck laden with iron ore in Khuti district of Jharkhand, police said Wednesday.
Around 10 rebels intercepted the truck near Bhuiadih village in Khuti, 80 km from state capital Ranchi, and set it on fire late Tuesday night.

“We are trying to trace the truck driver and his assistant. There are only two possibilities — either they managed to escape or they were abducted by the rebels,” a police officer told IANS on telephone.

Maoist guerrillas are active in 18 of the 24 districts of Jharkhand. Nearly 1,500 people have been killed in Maoist-related incidents during the last eight years.

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