This is coolbert:
This is oh so "retro"! But also oh so deadly.
Thanks to National Public Radio [NPR] and the South Asia Terrorist Portal [SATP], some very troubling headlines.
"70 CRPF personnel killed in Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh"
"At least 70 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed in an attack by the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) in Dantewada District early on April 6, reports Times of India . . . The CRPF patrol party was totally taken aback by the Maoists who surfaced at a hillock to carry out the attack."
Several platoons of Indian para-military police, annihilated by Maoist guerrillas. A long-simmering and festering insurgency, reaching a new level of violence and casualties. An unprecedented [??] defeat for the Indian authorities at the hands of forest guerrillas inspired by Mao!
"Maoist Rebels In India Kill 75 Paramilitary Police"
"A senior police official in India says rebels have killed at least 75 paramilitary forces in attacks in the eastern part of the country. That's the most casualties against government forces since they launched an offensive against the rebels last year."
"this insurgency's been simmering away for decades. But it's really surged in the last couple of years. And the Maoists are now active in the majority of India's states."
"hundreds of Maoists ambushed a police patrol. They set off a landmine and opened fire. And then when reinforcements arrived they attacked them too."
The Indian Maoist guerrillas showing an initiative and daring that hitherto has not been seen? Such casualties are indicative of a sophistication that is frightening!
These Maoists have been around for at least four decades now!! A low-level insurgency that has spread to many areas of India.
Those para-military police were just caught off-guard, under-armed, and totally unprepared for this fight? Probably armed at MOST with the SMLE rifle and nothing else. Facing some stiff opposition, resolute and very dangerous insurgents!
The Indian police received a bad beating in this one.