24 December 2014

Curfew in India state after rebels kill 63

Indian tribal settlers take refuge in a local church after their village was attacked by an indigenous separatist group called the National Democratic Front of Bodoland, in Shamukjuli village in Sonitpur district of Indian eastern state of Assam, Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014. Hundreds of survivors of a brutal rebel attack that killed at least 63 people in northeastern India sought shelter Wednesday in a church and school while security forces imposed a curfew in a bid to contain the latest bout of ethnic violence.
Hundreds of survivors of a brutal rebel attack that killed at least 63 people in northeastern India sought shelter Wednesday in a church and school while security forces imposed a curfew in a bid to contain the latest bout of ethnic violence.

Long-simmering land and ethnic disputes in Assam state erupted in bloodshed Tuesday when authorities said rebels belonging to a faction of an indigenous separatist group called the National Democratic Front of Bodoland attacked tribal settlers known as Adivasi. Most of the Adivasis, whose ancestors migrated to Assam more than 100 years ago, have worked on tea plantations.

Rebels in northeast India kill 34

Separatist rebels gunned down at least 34 people and wounded a dozen more in India's remote northeast Tuesday in a series of coordinated attacks, police said.
At least 30 tribal settlers were killed in north Assam's Sonitpur district, said S.N. Singh, a top local police officer.
All those killed were Adivasis who largely work in tea gardens in the region.
Four others were shot dead in the western Kokrajhar district.