Assam violence: death toll at 23; Army called in
The death toll in the killings by suspected NDFB (S) militants in two districts of Assam has touched 23 with the recovery of 12 bodies were on Friday, fuelling fresh ethnic tensions in the region that had witnessed massive killings and displacement two years ago, reports said.
The Army has been called in to control the situation after the killings unleashed by the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (Songbijit faction).
The bodies were recovered from Narayanguri and Nonkesh Hagribari village in Baska district adjoining the Manas National Park.
Seven people were killed in the wee hours on Friday in Kokrajhar district of the state in indiscriminate firing by the militants while three others were killed in Baska on Thursday.
Indefinite curfew has been imposed in both the districts.
The region had witnessed widespread ethnic violence two years ago between the Muslims and Bodos.
While over 100 people died in the violence in 2012, countless people were rendered homeless.
(Posted on 03-05-2014)
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