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Last Updated: Monday, 15 August 2005, 10:42 GMT 11:42 UK
'Maoists' kill Indian politician
Suspected Maoist rebels have shot dead 10 people including a ruling party legislator in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, police say.

Congress party legislator, Narsi Reddy, was returning from a function when four suspected rebels attacked the group.

"Maoists riddled their car with bullets from assault rifles, killing most on the spot," a police official told AFP.

Eight others were injured in the raid in Makhtal, 130km (80 miles) south of the state capital, Hyderabad.

Violence on the rise

The BBC's Omer Farooq in Hyderabad says it is the first attack on a legislator since the Congress party came to power in the state in May 2004.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Rajasekhar Reddy has expressed shock over the attack and is expected to leave for Makhtal.

There was no immediate comment from the rebels on the incidents.

Violence in Andhra Pradesh has intensified since the peace process between Maoist rebels and the state government broke down in January.

More than 250 people have been killed since then.

The rebels have been fighting since 1980 for the creation of a communist state comprising tribal areas in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Bihar and Chhattisgarh.


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