Over 100 heavily-armed Maoists on Friday night attacked a base camp of Central Reserve Police Force and its Special Armed Force (SAF) inside a forest in Gaya district, sparking a heavy gunbattle.

The ultras attacked the company headquarters of 47 battalion of CRPF and SAF in Lootwa forest and opened fire at around 8.30 pm drawing retaliation from the security forces, DIG (Magadh Range) Anupama Nilekar told PTI.

Both the sides exchanged heavy gunfire which lasted for 45 minutes, Ms. Nilekar said.

Reinforcement comprising Bihar military police, CRPF and Special Auxiliary Police (SAP) were rushed to the spot to assist in combing operation against the ultras, who fled deeper inside the forest.

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