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Bodo militants gun down 40 adivasis in Assam, toll rising

A spokesperson of Assam Police said 30 persons were gunned down in Sonitpur district alone, while four were killed in Kokrajhar this evening. “In Sonitpur district, 30 people have been killed. While 24 were gunned down in Biswanath Chariali, six were killed in Dhekiajuli,” the spokesperson told reporters. In Kokrajhar district, four deaths have been confirmed at Pakhiriguri, while three more are suspected to have been killed at the interior place of Ultapani, he said.

“All these people were killed in serial attacks by suspected militants of NDFB (Songbijit),” the official said. All those killed in Sonitpur attack were stated to be Adivasis, said Superintendent of Police Sanjukta Parasar.

A group of NDFB(S) militants with sophisticated arms fired at people in Sonajuli under Biswanath Chariali sub-division in Tinisuti near the Arunachal Pradesh border, she said. In the attack, 24 persons were killed and six others injured, she said. The incident site is located very near to the inter-state border between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. Six more persons were killed at Batachipur under Dhekiajuli police station and the bodies of the deceased have been recovered, Parasar said. In Kokrajhar district, four bodies were recovered while three were suspected to have been killed in two attacks by NDFB(S) militants in the evening. “The first attack took place at Pakhiriguri under Serfanguri police station in which four women were killed and four were injured,” Kokrajhar SP Sunil Kumar said. 

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