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Police: 4 civilians killed in rebel clash in India
4 civilians killed in exchange of gunfire by rival insurgent groups in NE India, police say
Associated Press
2013-12-27 11:01 PM

GAUHATI, India (AP) -- An exchange of gunfire by two insurgent groups killed four civilians Friday in India's remote northeast, police said.

Members of the Rengma Hill Protection Force took shelter in a village home while being attacked by the rival Karbi People's Liberation Tigers in Assam state, police officer A.P. Raut said.

Some villagers were caught in the cross-fire, and four were killed, Raut said. The rebels also set some houses on fire in Khowani, a village nearly 400 kilometers (250 miles) southeast of Gauhati, Assam's capital.

Army soldiers and police reinforcements were sent to the mountainous area, Raut said. It is inaccessible by road and is reached by trekking for hours.

There are dozens of active rebel groups demanding autonomy in India's northeast.

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