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Indian rebels kill 42 migrants

From CNN Senior Correspondent Satinder Bindra
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GUWAHATI, India (CNN) -- A rebel group has killed at least 42 migrant workers and wounded 30 more in a series of indiscriminate attacks in northeastern India, police said Saturday.

Assam state's Inspector Gen. of Police Khagen Sharma said separatist group was behind the night attacks, although there was no immediate claim of responsibilty.

"There is no question that this was UFLA," he said.

The attacks, which police characterized as the worst staged by the rebels, came two days after the Indian government appealed for an atmosphere of peace days leading up to the national games -- India's biggest sporting event.

Most of the victims attacked were migrant fisherman and day laborers.

"These people were the softest possible targets," Sharma said, adding that the attacks happened in remote areas with scattered police presence.

ULFA has waged a rebellion for nearly 20 years, demanding more autonomy from New Delhi for the oil-rich state.

In 2004 the group bombed a bus carrying Indian paramilitary forces and in 2003 the group staged an attack on an oil pipeline that supplied oil to three of Assam's major refineries.

An injured man is transported to hospital after the attacks.



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