Police say suspected Maoist rebels have killed at least 20 paramilitary soldiers in attacks in the eastern Indian state of Chhattisgarh.
A senior police official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not allowed to speak to reporters, says three soldiers were killed in an ambush in the rebel stronghold of Dantewada early Tuesday and 17 others were killed when their vehicle was blown up by a land mine.
He says the troops killed in the blast were on their way to recover the bodies of those killed in the earlier attack.
Few other details are available from the remote area.
The rebels have been fighting for more than three decades in several Indian states, demanding land and jobs for the poor.