Visakhapatnam: Six Maoists were killed in a gun battle with the security forces in Mampa village in the agency area of Koyyuru in Visakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday morning, according to reports reaching here.
Security forces have recovered an AK-47, a Self-Loading Rifle (SLR), a semi automatic Carbine, three .303 rifles and a country made weapon from the slain naxalites. The identity of the killed Maoists is not yet established, but it was believed that one among them was a senior cadre, as he was holding the AK-47 rifle. There were some women among the slain too, police sources said.
The gun battle began early in the morning after Grey Hounds teams took up combing operations in Mampa police station area. There was an exchange of fire between the ultras and the Grey Hounds teams for sometime. Security Forces have recovered the bodies after the firing ceased. It is believed that some more could have been injured.
Among the slain, two were believed to be hailing from Telangana. They were stated to be Sande Gangaiah and Sande Gangamma.
A helicopter was scrambled to conduct an aerial survey of the area, with the suspicion that more number of naxalites could be taking shelter in the forest area. More details are awaited.
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