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Suspected rebels kill family of 4 in India

Suspected rebels kill family of 4 in India

Suspected militants used automatic weapons and machetes to kill a family of four migrant workers Tuesday in India's insurgency-hit northeast.
The attackers killed the family _ a husband, wife and their two children _ by opening fire then hacking them with machetes on the outskirts of Rangapahar, a town 95 miles (150 kilometers) north of Gauhati, the capital of Assam state, said Bhaskar Mahanta, a state inspector-general of police.
Suspected rebels have targeted thousands of Hindi-speaking migrants from northern states such as Bihar and Uttar Pradesh who they claim usurp the local population's job opportunities. Most of the victims are small traders or farm workers.
Last year, nearly 100 migrants were killed in such attacks.
"We suspect rebels of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland were behind the attack," Mahanta told The Associated Press. The tribal separatist group has fought for an independent Bodo homeland since its inception in 1986.
Another key separatist group is the United Liberation Front of Asom. Members of both groups are on the run in Assam state facing a sustained offensive by the army, police and paramilitary forces.
More than 30 groups in the northeast have fought for decades for independence from India or wide autonomy in the region, about 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) east of the capital New Delhi.
The militants say the Indian government exploits the region's rich natural resources while doing little for the indigenous people, most of whom are ethnically closer to those in nearby Myanmar and China than the rest of India.


Updated : 2021-07-29 04:35 GMT+08:00