NEW DELHI, India (AP) _ Guerrillas have carried out a string of attacks on government forces in India's remote and hilly northeast, killing seven people, domestic news agencies reported today.

The rebels shot and killed five members of the Central Reserve Police Force, a unit fighting alongside the army, and then seized their weapons in Assam state late Friday, Press Trust of India reported.

None of the tribal separatist groups active in the region immediately claimed responsibility for the attack at Jatinga village, nearly 700 miles east of the Indian capital, New Delhi.

In two other attacks in remote rural areas in Assam, militants shot policemen on patrol at close range, killing one in each attack.

A number of guerrilla groups in the northeastern states have been fighting for years with government forces to carve out separate states. The government has opened negotiations with some of them to end the conflict.