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Thousands Flee Separatist Violence in Northeast India


Thousands of migrant workers are fleeing separatist attacks in India's northeast state of Assam, where at least 67 people have been killed since Friday.

In the latest attacks targeting non-local workers, police said separatist fighters shot dead two people in Golaghat district and detonated two bombs that wounded five people in the state capital Gauhati Monday.

No group has claimed responsibility, but police blame members of the outlawed United Liberation Front of Assam.

Most victims were migrant workers from India's impoverished Bihar state. Officials have pledged to move the workers to safer government housing. Indian troops have deployed in the region to hunt down militants.

Separatist rebels blame Hindi-speaking migrants for taking scarce jobs and the federal government for neglecting development in the region.

The recent fighting is the worst in years.

The U.L.F.A. group has been fighting for an independent Assamese homeland since 1979 and has targeted migrant workers before.

Paramashish Ghosh Roy has more on the story.

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