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India Maoists kill four paramilitary troops

Maoist rebels in Chhattisgarh
The rebels say they are fighting for the rights of rural poor

Four paramilitary troops have been killed in India's West Bengal state when Maoist rebels exploded a landmine.

The attack took place in the troubled West Midnapore district. Police said the landmine blew up a vehicle of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).

Since Tuesday, a two-day shutdown called by the rebels is being enforced in five states, including West Bengal.

A similar attack in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh on Monday killed more than 30 people.

On Tuesday, India's government said it was reviewing its strategy for fighting the rebels.

Thousands have died in their decades-long fight against the state.

'Powerful explosion'

Wednesday's attack took place between between the villages of Pingboni and Ramgarh in West Midnapore district.

"The CRPF personnel were patrolling the area after receiving intelligence reports that a Maoist squad was active there. That's when the powerful explosion hit one of their vehicles," West Bengal police chief Bhupinder Singh told the BBC.

The Maoists, also known as Naxalites, say they are fighting for the rights of rural poor who have been neglected by the government for decades.

The Maoist insurgency has been described by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as the country's biggest internal security threat.

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