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Maoists blow up ambulance, three killed in Orissa

Bhubaneswar: At least three persons, including a health worker, were killed as suspected Maoists blew up an ambulance, triggering a landmine blast in Orissa’s Kandhamal district, police said today.

“We have received information about the death of three persons in a landmine explosion that blew up an ambulance in Brahmanigaon area of Kandhamal late last night,” Director General of Police Manmohan Praharaj told PTI.

The explosion, which took place near a culvert at Pangdugaon, about 300 km from here, killed a woman health worker, a patient and the ambulance driver, Deputy Inspector General of Police (Southern Range), R K Sharma said.

The culvert was partially damaged in the blast.

The ambulance was on its way from Gadapur to Brahmanigaon, about 2 km from the blast site, when it was targetted in the Maoist infested area close to Gajapati and Ganjam, police said.

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