India rebels clash - 4 dead

2013-12-27 20:21
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Gauhati - Police say an exchange of gunfire by two insurgent groups has killed four civilians in India's remote northeast.

Officer AP Raut says some members of the Rengma Hill Protection Force took shelter in a home while being attacked by the rival Karbi People's Liberation Tigers in Assam state on Friday.

Raut said the villagers were caught in the cross-fire. The rebels also set some houses on fire in Khowani, a village nearly 400km southeast of Gauhati, Assam's capital.

The police officer said army soldiers and police reinforcements were sent to the mountainous area. It is inaccessible by road and is reached by trekking for hours.

There are dozens of active rebel groups demanding autonomy in India's northeast.

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