Rebels Kill Seven in India’s Assam State

Party of migrant workers celebrating Diwali attacked

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Police arrange weapons and ammunition that were recovered from the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) during an operation in the Gurchuk area in Guwahati on June 2, 2012.

At least seven people have been killed in a suspected militant raid in the restive northeastern Indian state of Assam.

According to local police, Garo National Liberation Army rebels opened fire on migrant workers playing cards in Goalpara district late Sunday. Nine workers were also injured in the attack.

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Local sources claim that the latest violence targeted Hindi-speaking economic migrants gathered to celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. Goalpara has seen sporadic ethnic bloodletting between the Rabha and Garo tribes in recent years.