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Two die in Assam ethnic clashes

Suspected rebels in India’s north-eastern state of Assam have killed two immigrant workers, in continuing ethnic clashes over jobs. Settlers in Haluakhuwa village were sprayed with bullets and their houses were burnt, Assam’s police chief said. On Saturday, suspected Assamese rebels have killed 11 Hindu-speaking migrants from neighbouring Bihar state. About 40 people have died in clashes between Assamese and Hindi-speakers in the past week. Police blamed the attacks on the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), which has warned all Hindi-speaking people to leave the province. An indefinite curfew was imposed in the area and troops given orders to shoot on sight any suspected rebels. Several federal ministers visited some Assam on Saturday, saying that the continuing violence had become a “national problem”. Recent attacks have mostly targeted immigrant workers from Bihar state, to the north. The most immediate cause of the clashes is competition over jobs at the state-run railways. Correspondents say that Assamese militants also accuse settlers from Bihar of altering the region’s ethnic balance. Full Story

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