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Sunday, June 03, 2007

4 policemen killed in northeast India

GAUHATI, India — Suspected rebels ambushed a police vehicle in India's troubled northeast, killing four policemen and injuring two others, police said Monday.

Dressed in olive green jungle fatigues, the insurgents attacked the police vehicle on Sunday near Koilapahar, a village 220 miles south of Gauhati, the Assam state capital, said Anurag Tankha, a superintendent of police.

"The injured police officers walked to a nearby police station and informed of the attack by up to 10 tribal militants," Tankha told The Associated Press.

Police suspect the attack to be a joint operation by local tribespeople and the United Liberation Front of Asom.

While the ULFA has been fighting for an independent Assam homeland since 1979, the Karbi Longri North Cachar Hills Liberation Front demands wide autonomy within India for the region inhabited by Karbi and Dimasa tribespeople.

The tribal group had launched a major attack in the area in January and killed five policemen and two civilians.

Monday's attack came as top army, paramilitary and police officers from four insurgency-hit states in India's northeast — Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh — met in Gauhati and discussed steps to jointly fight militancy in the region.

The rebels say Assam's indigenous people, most of whom are ethnically closer to Myanmar and China than to the rest of India, are ignored by the federal government in New Delhi, some 1,000 miles to the west. They also accuse the government of exploiting the northeast's rich natural resources.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some Indians dream of Superpower-India projecting its power all throughout Asia and beyond, but the Indian government seems unable even to secure its own borders:


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