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10 die in northeast Indian violence.

NEW DELHI, Jan. 8 Kyodo

Ten more people died Sunday night in continuing violence in India's northeastern Assam State, including two insurgents, local police confirmed Monday.

With the latest killings in the Dibrugarh and Sibsagar districts Sunday night, the toll since Friday has reached 64, with 34 other wounded, Assam Director General of Police R.N. Mathur told Kyodo News.

Suspected militants belonging to the banned insurgent group United Liberation Front of Asom killed eight people in two separate coordinated attacks late Sunday night, Mathur said.

And the bodies of two militants were found following two separate encounters between militants and Indian Army and state police patrols returning from the joint insurgency operations.

Two AK-47 assault rifles were also recovered.

The victims targeted by the militants so far are all non-Assamese, mostly migrants from Bihar and Bengal.

The Assam separatist group carried out similar targeted killings in December 2003 when they reportedly killed about 100 Hindi-speaking people in retaliation for the rape of a girl from the northeast in a train in Bihar.

The violence in Assam has been gradually spreading since Friday and now has reached into at least six districts in the state where the rebel group is active, police said.

By Saturday, the local police had confirmed reports of 42 deaths, but further investigations of more attacks raised the toll to 54.

On Sunday, the rebels attacked after Minister of State for Home Affairs Sriprakash Jaiswal visited Assam.

Attacks on Friday followed a visit by Union Home Secretary V.K. Duggal, who went there to review the law and order situation in the state in the run-up to the 33rd National Games set to begin Feb. 9 in the region.

The rebels have called for a boycott of the sporting festival and threatened to disrupt it.

It has also been demanding a change in the name of the event from the National Games to the Asom Games.

Recently, the group has also called for the ouster of all non-Assamese from the northeastern state.
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Date:Jan 15, 2007
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