Incident Summary:

02/10/2003: At around 11AM local time, perpetrators from the Maoist Communist Center (MCC) extremist group ambushed a police patrol near Chandawa police station in Latehar District, Jharkhand State, India. Reports conflict over injuries and deaths, ranging from one to four Central Reserve Police Force soldiers killed, and none to four members of the MCC killed. Reports indicated either five or six police injured, at least two critically. The MCC stole firearms under the cover of the gunfight fro the police station. An incident later on 02/10/2003 in the Amjharia Valley is related to this incident, as a police convoy sent to reinforce Chandawa was attacked.




South Asia

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Central Reserve Police Force of India
Specific Description Police Station in Chandawa town, Latehar District, Jharkhand
Nationality of Target India
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information AFP reported four MCC militants and one Police officer killed, and five other soldiers injured. All India Radio Home News Service reported four police officers killed. Indian Express reported one constable dead and six police injured. This incident is linked to another incident later on 02/13/2003 (cf. 200302100006).
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Maoist Communist Center (MCC) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 5 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities Unknown
Total Number of Injured 5
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"Six police killed in rebel-led ambushes in east India," AFP, February 10, 2003.
All India Radio Home News Service, "India: banned Maoist Communist Center kills 4 CRFP soldiers, loot arms in Bihar," All India Radio Home News Service, February 11, 2003.
"STF Fails to Take Off, Another Ambush Rattles Marandi," Indian Express, February 11, 2003.