New Delhi: At least five naxals, including three women cadres, died on Sunday in an encounter with the Maharashtra police in Gyarapatti area of Gadchiroli district. Also Read - Mumbai City Centre Mall Fire: 2 Injured, 3500 Rescued; Firefighting Operation Underway | Latest Updates

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The face-off took place at Kosmi-Kisneli forest around 4 pm, the Gadchiroli Superintendent of Police (SP) office said. “The C-60 commandos of the Gadchiroli police were conducting a combing operation in the forest area in Dhanora taluka, when Naxals opened fire,” it said in a statement.

“However, the Naxals soon fled from the spot after the police team launched a retaliatory attack,” it said.

Later during the search, bodies of five ultras were recovered from the spot. Their identity is yet to be established, it added.