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11 killed in militant attacks in Assam

Guwahati, May 2 (PTI): Militants of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (Songbijit) gunned down 11 people in two districts of Assam falling under Bodoland Territorial Administration area in separate incidents since Thursday night.

Among the dead were three children. Three people were seriously injured.

A group of 20 to 25 NDFB-S militants, armed with AK-47 rifles, swooped down on three houses at Balapara-I village in Kokrajhar district in the early hours on Friday and fired indiscriminately killing seven persons on the spot, the police said.        

L R Bishnoi, Inspector General of Police, told PTI that two children and four women of the minority community were among the seven persons who were gunned down.

The body of a three-year-old child identified, who was also killed in the attack, was recovered from the area later this morning, he said, adding two men were also seriously injured.

Family members of the victims said the insurgents attacked one house after another, firing indiscriminately creating panic in the area.

This was the second attack by the militants since last night.

Three persons of a family, including two women, were shot dead and an infant was seriously injured by NDFB-S militants in neighbouring Baksa district last night.

The militants carried out the crime after entering the house near Ananda Bazar area in Baksa district also within BTAD, the police said.

In the same district one Bipin Boro was shot at and seriously injured in his house by two suspected militants at Nizdefeli on Thursday, the police said. He was admitted to the Gauhati Medical College Hospital in a critical condition.        

In an e-mail to PTI, anti-talk Arun Udoy Asom, ULFA-Independent assistant publicity secretary, condemned the violence.