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Suspected separatist group kills 21in further violence in India

Published 07/01/2007

A second day of bloodshed in India's northeast claimed at least 21

lives, including 13 sleeping migrant workers shot by suspected separatists and

eight government employees killed by a land mine, police said.

A day earlier, on Friday, a series of attacks by suspected separatist rebels

killed another 35 migrants and wounded at least 19 in Assam state's tea-growing

districts of Tinsukia and Dibrugarh, police said.

The latest attacks yesterday were the region's worst violence in years and

widely seen as an attempt by insurgents to boost waning support among the

impoverished area's indigenous peoples and to force the government to resume

peace talks.

Most of the casualties over the two days were poor, Hindi-speaking migrant

workers, Assam Police Chief R.N. Mathur said.

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