India separatists blamed for killing 52 tribesmen

December 24, 2014 8:50 AM

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NEW DELHI (AP) — Long-simmering land and ethnic disputes erupted in bloodshed in northeastern India when rebels launched coordinated attacks on tribal settlers in Assam state, killing at least 52 people, officials said Wednesday.

The killings took place in five attacks late Tuesday targeting tribal settlers known as Adivasi, who migrated to Assam more than 100 years ago. Most of them worked on tea plantations in the region.

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