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12 villagers killed; 2 injured in NC Hills
Published on 17 Jun. 2009 12:46 AM IST
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At least 12 people, including eight children, were charred to death and two others injured Tuesday in Assam’s strife-torn North Cachar Hills district in continued violence between the warring Dimasa and Zeme Naga tribes. A police spokesperson said heavily armed militants belonging to the Dima Halam Daogah (DHD) group attacked Mechidui village, 23 km from the district headquarters Haflong, at 12.30 pm and torched 50 houses. “Suspected DHD militants first began torching down huts and then opened indiscriminate fire on fleeing villagers, in which about 12 people were killed,” district police chief Anurag Tangkha told IANS by telephone. Among those killed were eight children and two women. Police recovered 12 charred bodies which have been sent for post mortem. The victims are yet to be identified. The injured have been rushed to Haflong Civil Hospital. “At least a dozen of huts were set ablaze by the militants,” the police officer said. The village is located in an inaccessible area and inhabited by minority Naga tribes people. “Police teams have since reached the spot and have launched a hunt to nab the rebels,” Tangkha said. The district has witnessed a string of attacks. About 50 people were killed in the past three months alone with the DHD, more popularly known as the Black Widow group, responsible for the majority of the incidents.

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