"I don't' use the word 'war,' . . . I have never used it and I don't like using it. It is a challenge and a very serious challenge." - - Indian governmental official.
The Maoist guerrillas of India active again with a vengeance.
These forest guerrillas, insurgents, Mao-style terrorists, the source of a previous blog entry from over a month ago now.
Killing both police and civilians this time.
From the Chicago Tribune today:
"India roadside bomb destroys bus, killing 35"
"Officials blame Maoists battling government; toll include 16 police officers"
"NEW DELHI - - A roadside bomb ripped apart a bus filled with police officers and civilians Monday in Central India, killing at least 35 persons, authorities said."
"Maoists operate in 20 of India's 28 states and have 10,000 to 20,000 fighters, according to the home Ministry."
NO, this is war and nothing but war. And the Maoists have been around for a long time now, four decades or so. NOT going to go away. These are insurgents following the three-stage insurgency Maoists model. At this moment in the guerrilla warfare stage [#2], having not reached the main-force stage [#3]!
The left-wing extremist Maoists also favor the use of women as combatants? Up to 30 % of armed "fighters" are women, as has been also the case in neighboring Nepal!