Incident Summary:

04/11/2015: Several assailants opened fire on a Special Task Force (STF) search operation inside Pedmal Forest in Sukma district, Chhattisgarh state, India. At least 42 people, including seven officers and 35 assailants, were killed and 25 others, including 10 officers and 15 assailants, were injured in the ensuing clash. The Communist Party of India - Maoist (CPI-Maoist) claimed responsibility for the attack.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:


Sukma district

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Pedmal forest area

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Special Task Force (STF)
Specific Description Search Operation
Nationality of Target India
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
Assault rifles and other heavy weapons were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Communist Party of India - Maoist (CPI-Maoist) People's Liberation Guerrilla Army Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 300
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 42 Fatalities / 25 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 42
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 35
Total Number of Injured 25
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 15
"Maoist Rebels Kill at Least 7 Police Officers in India," New York Times, April 11, 2015.
"Surrendered Maoist reveals to police 35 rebels killed in ambush in Chhattisgarh," Oneindia, April 21, 2015.
"'Surrendered' Maoist sympathiser says 35 rebels killed in Sukma ambush," Indian Express, April 21, 2015.