An improvised explosive device (IED) detonated in the Kanker district of Chhattisgarh state on the morning (local time) of Tuesday, September 24, killing three people. According to local sources, suspected Maoist rebels planted the roadside bomb and subsequently engaged security forces in a gun battle. Security reinforcements have been deployed to the area.
Similar Maoist rebel attacks are possible in eastern India over the near term.
Maoist insurgents (Naxalites) have been active for several decades in rural areas of the states of Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Odisha, Bihar, and West Bengal, as well as in the border region around Andhra Pradesh. An estimated 6000 people have died in the past 20 years, though activities have decreased recently in part due to a security crackdown. Restrictions on the movement of foreigners are in place for some rural areas of eastern India, including parts of Chhattisgarh.
Individuals in India, particularly those in Chhattisgarh state, are advised to monitor developments to the situation and remain vigilant for potential militant activity, particularly if planning on traveling to rural areas of the abovementioned states.
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