20 killed in clash with sandalwood smugglers in India

April 8, 2015 9:17 AM

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HYDERABAD, India: At least 20 people were killed when police opened fire on Tuesday on loggers who attacked them with axes and stones in an area of southern India known for sandalwood smuggling.

Deputy Inspector General M. Kantha Rao said his officers had opened fire “in self-defence” after challenging a group of over 100 suspected smugglers in a remote forest in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh.

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