8 killed in Bihar landmine blast

Patna, Feb 22 : Eight people, including six police officials, were killed Friday when Maoist guerrillas triggered a landmine blast in Bihar's Gaya district, police said.

The incident took place around noon in Gaya district's Uchla village near Sherghati, about 100 km from here, when Maoists blew up a patrolling vehicle of the Roshanganj police station.

Six police personnel and a villager were killed, Deputy Inspector General (DIG), Magadh range, N.H. Khan told reporters. He added that a combing operation had been launched.

The guerrillas also looted weapons of the policemen killed.

Gaya is considered a Maoist stronghold.

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