Suspected communist rebels attacked a village festival in eastern India Saturday with gunfire and bombs, killing at least 17 people, news reports said.
A group of about 25 Maoist rebels attacked a cultural festival in the remote eastern state of Jharkhand early Saturday, opening fire indiscriminately on the crowd, the Press Trust of India news agency quoted police as saying.
The rebels are mainly active in six Indian states, where widespread poverty has fueled a lengthy insurgency by militants demanding land and jobs for agricultural laborers and the poor. The movement claims inspiration from Chinese revolutionary Mao Zedong.
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