19:16 23-08-2014
MAIN Russian
About us On-line subscription
KazakhstanTajikistanUzbekistanKyrgyzstanTurkmenistanWorld
POLITICSBUSINESSINCIDENTSSOCIETYCULTURESPORTANALYSISSCIENCE
11 Muslims killed in sectarian attacks in India's Assam

Bishkek (AKIpress) - Suspected tribal rebels in India shot dead 11 Muslims, including two women, in attacks in the northeastern tea-growing state of Assam where tension has run high during an election, officials said on Friday.

Police said they suspected the militants behind the overnight killings were members of the Bodo tribe, Reuters reports.

"The gunmen entered the house and shot them dead on the spot," a senior police officer in the state capital, Guwahati, with knowledge of the investigation told Reuters.

He was referring to an incident in which the militants shot dead three members of a family, including two women, while wounding a baby. In a second attack, eight people were killed by a group of guerrillas.

Bodo people have frequently clashed with Muslims they say have illegally entered from neighboring Bangladesh and encroached on their ancestral lands near the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan.

Candidates in India's general election, including opposition front runner Narendra Modi, have contributed to anti-Bangladeshi feeling in Assam.

Modi, a Hindu nationalist, last week said immigrants from Bangladesh in a nearby state should have their "bags packed" in case he came to power. He accuses the state government of being soft on immigration.

Voting was held over several days in Assam to help security forces handle any violence from several separatist and tribal militant groups active in the state. Polling in the Bodo region ended on April 24, in what residents say was a tight race between a Bodo and a non-tribal candidate.

Election results are due on May 16.


Twitterfacebookprint
14:48 02.05.2014
LATEST NEWS
17:12 UN Rights: Syria war toll reaches 191,000 in 3.5 years16:50 Ukraine says 90 Russian aid trucks enter Ukraine16:39 Egypt tour bus collision kills 33 near Sharm El-Sheikh16:34 State Registration Service brings 342.8 million soms to state budget in H1 201416:24 Tashkent to host Global Bridge Festival16:15 4-earthquake jolts southern Kyrgyzstan16:07 President and Education Minister discuss higher education reforms and preparation for 2014-2015 academic year16:04 Tajikistan attaches great importance to cooperation with China – Ambassador15:53 Kazakhstani children to be fully covered with preschool education by 202015:51 Over 2k workers needed for collection of biometric data of Kyrgyzstanis - GDS15:48 Kyrgyzstan registers 25k marriages and 18k divorces in H1 201415:48 Lack of common mechanism for use of Batken pastures by citizens of Uzbekistan, Tajikistan causes border problems15:37 Employees of Registration Service have no idea of how to implement biometric project – Chairman15:17 229k people issued micro-loans worth 14.2b soms in H1 201415:09 Vice PM Dil denies words of Osh mayor over Uzbekistan's demands to cede several territories in return for resumption of gas supply14:58 28 facilities privatized during second wave of privatization in Kazakhstan14:45 Osh and Jalal-Abad regions reveal 2.5k stateless persons – State Registration Service14:32 Uzbekistani becomes champion in air pistol shooting at Summer Youth Olympic Games14:05 15yo Afghanistan citizen detained in airport in Astana with fake passport13:55 London's horse head statue replica in At-Bashy starts breaking after a year of its installation
Astana
+35° C
Ashgabat
+38° C
Bishkek
+35° C
Dushanbe
+30° C
Tashkent
+39° C
exchange rates
 
69.61
52.41
8.48
1.46
241.71
182.00
29.59
5.03
6.57
4.98
0.81
0.14
3168.15
2344.38
381.47
65.12
3.78
2.85
0.46
0.08

© AKIpress News Agency - 2001-2014
Use of the AKIpress.com materials must be accompanied by a hyperlink to www.akipress.com
Our address:
Moskovskaya str. 189, Bishkek, the Kyrgyz Republic
e-mail: english@akipress.org, akipressenglish@gmail.com;
Tel/Fax: +996(312)90-07-75