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Suspected rebels open fire at Indian market

Aug 05, 2016, 7:06 AM EDT
(Source: Indian Exponent/flickr)
(Source: Indian Exponent/flickr)

At least 13 people were killed after six gunmen opened fire on a busy market place in India’s north-eastern state of Assam on Friday. The police said that the attack was carried out by the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (N.D.F.B.), a rebel group that has been demanding an independent homeland for the Bodo ethnic community. Local media said that the death toll is expected to rise, given that 20 of the injured were in critical condition.

The attackers followed the gunfire with grenade attacks in the market in Balajan, an area just outside the town of Kokrajhar, writes the BBC. One of the attackers was gunned down by the security forces while other five managed to escape the scene, where several homes and shops were also damaged.

In 2012, clashes erupted between Bodos and mostly Bengali Muslims, leaving hundreds dead and thousands displaced in Assam, reports Al Jazeera. More than 62 people were killed in Sonitpur and Kokrajhar in Assam in attacks carried out by N.D.F.B. in 2014. Assam is home to a number of rebel groups, who have been battling the authorities to get autonomy or independent territory for the indigenous groups they represent.

 

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