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
Most of the casualties over the two days were poor, Hindi-speaking migrant
workers, Assam Police Chief R.N. Mathur said.