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Dec 04, 2011 at 08:27am IST

Jharkhand: Naxals strike again, blow up rail track

New Delhi: Naxals have struck again the second time in 48 hours. They've blown up a key rail route in Jharkhand's Latehar district. No casualties have been reported but several trains on the Kolkata-Ranchi-Delhi route have been affected.

This attack comes barely a day after Maoists targeted former assembly speaker Inder Singh Namdhari's convoy. He managed to escape unhurt, but his escort vehicle was caught in what top police officials now say was an IED blast.

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12 people mostly policemen and 2 civilians were killed. These attacks are the first since top Maoist leader Kishenji was killed in a gunbattle 10 days ago.

Infact, a hundred Maoists had gathered in Latehar earlier on Saturday and pledged to avenge his killing. They've also called a nationwide strike in protest from Sunday.