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Bengal attack: Maoists admit to loss of 5 members
Press Trust of India, Sunday February 21, 2010, Kolkata

For the first time since the Maoist attack on Eastern Frontier Rifles Shilda camp in West Bengal's West Midnapore district that left 24 jawans dead, the rebels have admitted that they had also lost five of their members in the strike.

"We will observe a statewide remembrance day on February 25 in memory of our five comrades, killed in the Shilda camp attack on February 15," a Maoist spokesman said from an undisclosed location on Sunday.

Besides killing 24 jawans, the Maoist also looted arms and set tents on afire. There were total 41 jawans in the camp when the attack took place.

The spokesman also claimed responsibility for the killing of people at Jamui village in Bihar. "The reactionaries killed eight of our comrades and in retaliation we killed 10 of them," he said.

"If there is a rule of law, it should be applied to all people and not the Maoists only. It was because of the inaction of the administration that we had to take arms in our hands," the spokesman said.

The Maoists would continue an 'Operation Peace Hunt' as long as the "oppressive" operation continues.
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