HYDERABAD, India: Police say they have killed eight Maoist rebels, five of them women, in a gunbattle in southeastern India.
Police superintendent Shahnawaz Qasim said the gunbattle with at least 30 rebels began early Tuesday in a remote forest area bordering Chattisgarh and Telangana states. Police had started searching for the rebels after receiving a tip that they were seen moving around.
Eight bodies were recovered and police were looking for other rebels, he said.
Police suffered no casualties.
The rebels have been fighting in several Indian states for decades, demanding land and jobs for agricultural laborers and the poor. The rebels say they are inspired by Chinese revolutionary leader Mao Zedong.