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Rebels ambush police on patrol in central Indian forest, killing 7 and wounding 10

This Saturday, April 11, 2015 photo shows Indian policemen who were wounded in an attack by Maoist rebels being attended to by colleagues in Sukma district, 385 kilometers (240 miles) south of Raipur, India. The ambushed policemen were part of a special task force out searching for rebel activity early Saturday. (Press Trust of India via AP) INDIA OUT

This Saturday, April 11, 2015 photo shows Indian policemen who were wounded in an attack by Maoist rebels being attended to by colleagues in Sukma district, 385 kilometers (240 miles) south of Raipur, India. The ambushed policemen were part of a special task force out searching for rebel activity early Saturday. (Press Trust of India via AP) INDIA OUT  (The Associated Press)

Police say a group of Maoist rebels have ambushed policemen on patrol in a central Indian forest and killed seven.

R.K. Vij, a top police official in Chhattisgarh state, says the police were part of a special task force who were searching for the rebels early Saturday when the militants opened fire in an area of Sukma district, 385 kilometers (240 miles) south of the state capital of Raipur.

Ten wounded policemen were airlifted to a hospital in Raipur. Few others details were available from the remote region.

The rebels, inspired by Chinese revolutionary leader Mao Zedong, have been fighting for over three decades in central and eastern India to demand the poor receive more jobs and a greater share of wealth from natural resources.