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Maoists kill 5 policemen

Muzaffarpur: Five policemen were killed and a civilian driver of their vehicle was critically injured on Thursday when Maoist guerillas set off a landmine in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district as the polling for 13 LS seats ended.

IGP (Tirhut zone) R.S. Bhatti said the Maoists, who had called for a boycott of the elections, detonated a landmine in the evening at a culvert near Karpoori Chowk at Mohabbatpur village near here, killing five policemen, including a sub-inspector. The naxalites triggered the blast when the policemen were escorting a vehicle laden with electronic voting machines after the polls. — PTI

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