5 Aug 2010

Police and rebels clash in remote part of India

2:58 pm on 5 August 2010

Police in India have clashed with Maoist rebels in a remote jungle area of the central state of Chhattisgarh.

No police casualties have been reported so far, but five rebels are said to have been killed.

Earlier it was feared that as many as 75 police were missing in the clash, which happened in dense jungle in the south of the state.

The BBC reports from the state capital, Raipur, that fighting is continuing in Dantewada, another remote part of the state, which is severely affected by heavy monsoon rainfall.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has described the insurgency as India's biggest internal security challenge.