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Police say suspected Maoist rebels have attacked a convoy of cars carrying local leaders and supporters of India's ruling Congress party in eastern India, killing at least 16 people and wounding many others.
Suspected insurgents fired at the vehicles on Saturday in the Sukma area of Chhattisgarh state.
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Local reports say some senior party leaders were among those killed and it is feared that the extremists kidnapped one party leader (Nand Kumar Patel) and his son.
Congress Party president Sonia Gandhi condemned what she called an attack on India's democratic values.
The rebels have been fighting the central government for more than four decades, demanding land and jobs for tenant farmers and the poor.
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