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Suspected rebels kill 2 police in northeast India

June 6, 2014

GAUHATI, India (AP) — Suspected insurgents have ambushed and killed two policemen in the rebels’ stronghold in India’s remote northeast.

Police officer A.P. Raut says security forces found the bullet-riddled bodies of a senior police officer and his guard Friday near Hamren, a small town about 300 kilometers (185 miles) south of Gauhati, the Assam state capital.

Raut says police officers had gone to Hamren on Thursday, following reports that rebels from the Karbi People’s Liberation Tigers were harassing people there for support.

The group broke away from the main Karbi Longri National Liberation Force after the latter reached a cease-fire accord with the Indian government in 2011.

There are more than 30 rebel groups in India’s northeast fighting for independence or wide autonomy.

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