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Gunmen kill India rebels in Bhutan

Unidentified gunmen have attacked two hideouts used by separatist fighters from north-eastern India in the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan in the past 24 hours. Four of the attackers and three rebels belonging to the outlawed United Liberation Front of Assam (Ulfa) were killed in the two encounters. The Ulfa alleges that India is using mercenaries and surrendered militants to attack their hideouts. But an Indian Home ministry spokesman said the encounters could be the result of infighting within the organisation. Separatists from India’s north-eastern state of Assam maintain a number of bases in southern Bhutan from where they attack targets in Assam. Bhutan is under increasing Indian pressure to push the rebels out, and its foreign minister recently told the BBC he was giving them a “last chance” to leave. Full Story

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