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Landmine blast kills seven paramilitary troops in India's northeast

Tribal separatist rebels killed seven Indian paramilitary troops and critically injured seven others in a landmine ambush in the northeastern state of Tripura, police said. The blast happened in the town of Barkatal, 30 kilometres (19 miles) north of Tripura’s provincial capital Agartala, while a paramilitary contingent of 14 security personnel was on a routine patrol, a state police spokesman said. Police officials suspected that rebels belonging to the outlawed National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) carried out the attack, but this was not confirmed. “We are yet to ascertain the rebel group involved in the attack. No one has claimed responsibility so far,” the police superintendent in charge of counter-insurgency operations in Tripura, D. Gautam, told AFP. Full Story

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