//Naxals blow up wedding party, 12 dead

Naxals blow up wedding party, 12 dead

Associated Press,  May 16, 2006

Maharashtra: Suspected Naxals triggered a landmine on Tuesday as a bus filled with wedding guests traveled down a road in Maharashtra, killing 12 people.

The attack took place in the Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra, bordering Chattisgarh.

It was not immediately known whether the bride and groom were traveling in the bus.

The Naxals, who claim to be inspired by Chinese revolutionary Mao Zedong, have been fighting for more than two decades, demanding land and jobs for agricultural laborers and the poor.

The rebel violence has killed more than 6,000 people till date.

It was not immediately clear why the wedding party was targeted, or whether it was a random attack.

The rebels, known as Naxalites, sometimes target villagers who they believe are working against them.

The rebels are mainly active in six states – Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar, Karnataka, Orissa and Chattisgarh.