Fri, 18 Oct 2013 07:00:00 GMT | By IANS

Seven killed in Bihar landmine blast

Police said one of victims was on Maoists’ hitlist

Seven killed in Bihar landmine blast (© Reuters)

Patna: At least seven people were killed on Thursday when Maoists triggered a landmine in Bihar's Aurangabad district, police officials said.

Additional Director General of Police Ravinder Kumar said the incident took place near Pisai village under Obra police station in Aurangabad, about 120 km from here.

"Seven people, including Sushil Pandey, the husband of a district council member, were killed in a land mine blast triggered by Maoists," he told media persons here.

According to a district police official, Pandey was on the hitlist of Maoists and they had threatened to kill him. Ravinder Kumar said senior district officials have gone to the village to investigate the incident.

He said the police will intensify combing operations against Maoists in Aurangabad, which is considered a Maoist stronghold.

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