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Indian Villagers Protest as Army Kills 13, Fearing Rebels | World News

By WASBIR HUSSAIN, Associated Press

GAUHATI, India (AP) — Angry villagers burned military automobiles in protest after greater than a dozen individuals had been killed by troopers who mistakenly believed a few of them had been militants in India’s distant northeast area alongside the border with Myanmar, officers mentioned Sunday.

Nagaland state’s high elected official Neiphiu Rio ordered a probe into the killings, which occurred on Saturday, and he tweeted, “The unfortunate incident leading to the killing of civilians at Oting is highly condemnable.”

An military officer mentioned the troopers fired at a truck after receiving intelligence a couple of motion of insurgents within the space and killed six individuals. As irate villagers burned two military automobiles, the troopers fired at them, killing seven extra individuals, the officer mentioned on situation of anonymity as he was not approved to speak to reporters.

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One soldier was additionally killed within the conflict with protesters, he mentioned.

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Insurgents usually cross into Myanmar after attacking Indian authorities forces within the distant space.

Nyamtow Konyak, a local people chief, mentioned these killed had been coal miners.

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India’s Home Minister Amit Shah expressed anguish over the “unfortunate incident” and mentioned the state authorities will examine the killings.

The military officer mentioned the troopers had laid an ambush for every week following intelligence that insurgents had been planning to assault troopers within the space, 400 kilometers (250 miles) east of Gauhati, the capital of Assam state.

Government forces are battling dozens of ethnic rebel teams in India’s distant northeast whose calls for vary from unbiased homelands to most autonomy inside India.

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