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Police say rebels kill 5 people in northeast India
Police say rebels kill 5 men in India's remote northeast to press demand for a separate state
Associated Press
2014-01-18 04:22 PM

GAUHATI, India (AP) -- Police say rebels in India's remote northeast have shot and killed five bus passengers to press their demand for a separate state.

Police officer A.P. Raut says the rebels pulled the men from the bus, lined them up along a highway in India's Assam state and killed them late Friday.

Raut said the rebels killed the men because they were from outside of Assam.

The rebels want to pressure the government into conceding to their demand for a separate state for the ethnic Bodo community. They belong to a breakaway faction of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland, which has been fighting since 1986 for the creation of the state within India.

Three other men were injured in the attack, which occurred near the small town of Ramphalbil.

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