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Tribal Separatist Group In Northeastern India Calls For Ceasefire - 2004-10-08


A separatist group in northeastern India says it has agreed to a government call for a ceasefire.

The National Democratic Front of Bodoland announced today (Friday) a six-month ceasefire will begin October 15th to allow for peace talks.

The Bodoland rebels have claimed responsibility for a string of recent bombings that killed at least 20 people in Assam.

The separatist group has been fighting since 1986 for an independent Bodo tribal homeland in Assam. The group is one of dozens of insurgent organizations fighting for autonomy in the region. Thousands of people have been killed in separatist violence in Assam over the past two decades.

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