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Five Killed in Ambush in Manipur, India

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Five people have been killed and another wounded when their convoy was attacked by rebels in the northeastern Indian state of Manipur.

Reports say among the dead are three policemen and at least one government official. They were escorting polling officials carrying ballot boxes from elections held in Manipur Thursday.

Rebels from the United National Liberation Front carried out today's (Friday's) attack in the state's hilly Ukhrul district, bordering Burma. The rebels also seized several weapons from the ambushed convoy.

Thursday's vote was the first of a three-stage election for Manipur's state assembly, which is currently governed by India's ruling Congress Party. Elections will continue with a second round of voting on February 14th, and a final round on February 23rd.
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