71 killed In Train Crash Following Maoist Explosion

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According to a police chief, Maoist guerillas have claimed responsibility for the attack, which appears to be an escalation of their "revolutionary war" and a shift from military to civilian targets.The Maoists are fighting for land reform for peasants and tribesmen who have been displaced by metal mines and factories. Manmohan Singh, the Indian prime minister, has described the Maoist rebellion as the country's greatest internal security challenge – the insurgents are a powerful force in one-third of India's 600-plus districts. The explosion follows a number of Maoist attacks in recent weeks, including an ambush which killed 76 Indian paramilitary police in Chhattisgarh and an attack on a bus which left 35 dead.In Friday's attack, the Maoists struck at 1:30 am as the Mumbai-Calcutta Gyaneshwari Express passed through Jhargram in West Midnapore, West Bengal, just over 80 miles from its destination. The explosion derailed 13 of the train's coaches and hurled five of them them into the p