Bodo Militants Kill 55 People in Assam city of India

KABUL: (Middle East Press) Over 55 people were shot dead in five attacks by the suspected Bodo militants in the province of Assam in India hour in the, the police said.

Police said the incident took place in Sonitpur and Kokrajhar districts and the victims included men, women and children.

Those killed were mostly tribals who worked in tea gardens in the region.

The number of dead could rise as many people were gravely wounded. Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh will visit the state today.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called it an “act of cowardice”. In a tweet this morning, President Pranab Mukherjee said, “Such acts of terror and violence must be put down with a firm hand.”

In one village in Sonitpur, 27 people were killed. 10 women and 13 children are among the dead.

Villagers who escaped told the police that the attackers, armed with assault rifles and wearing military uniforms, forced open the doors of their thatched huts and started firing. Some people were dragged out of their homes and shot at point-blank range.

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