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Six Killed When Bridge Blown Up in India

Suspected separatist rebels blew up a bus on the main highway in India’s northeast Thursday, killing six passengers, police said. Investigators said the attackers had planted a bomb on the Lilong Bridge in Manipur state. The attack, which also injured 15 people, came a day before India celebrates its national independence. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but the state’s deputy inspector-general of police, D. Misra, said he suspected separatist rebels. More than 30 rebel militias are operating in the northeastern states with demands ranging from secession to greater autonomy and the right to self-determination. At least 11 separatist groups have called for a strike during the celebrations marking India’s independence from Britain in 1947. The rebels asked citizens of the region to boycott all government functions and to refrain from any celebrations. Full Story

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