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Indian forces gun down suspected insurgents

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  • Official: Two cadres of United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) "neutralized"
  • Dead suspect was an expert in bomb-making, India govt. says
  • Came a day after a bomb explosion in the remote northeastern state
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From CNN's Harmeet Shah Singh
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NEW DELHI, India (CNN) -- Indian forces gunned down two suspected insurgents Saturday in Assam, killing one of them, a day after a bomb explosion in the remote northeastern state, the federal home ministry said.

Two cadres of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) were "neutralized" in separate shootouts, it said in a statement in New Delhi.

The dead suspect was an expert in bomb-making and was involved in previous bomb explosions, the ministry added.

Another insurgent could have escaped in one of the operations, it said.

Security forces recovered explosives and a pistol from the suspected insurgents, according to the ministry.

The ULFA is a separatist group that has waged a 20-year rebellion demanding more autonomy for the region from the central government in India.

The group has been blamed for a number of deadly attacks in recent years, including the deaths of 42 migrant workers in a series of small arms attacks in January 2007 and for bombing an Indian paramilitary forces bus in 2004.

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