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Indian trooper shoots dead six colleagues, flees

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  • Trooper shot one junior commissioned officer in a fit of rage, spokesman said
  • He then turned his gun on five other troopers who arrived on the scene
  • Trooper part of Assam Rifles, stationed in Manipur on India-Myanmar border
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NEW DELHI, India (CNN) -- An Indian paramilitary trooper shot dead six colleagues and fled his military camp with an AK-47 rifle in the remote northeastern state of Manipur, a spokesman for his unit said Thursday.

Indian Assam Rifles paramilitary soldiers on duty in the eastern state of Manipur.

Indian Assam Rifles paramilitary soldiers on duty in the eastern state of Manipur.

"He shot dead one junior commissioned officer in a fit of rage after having an altercation with him and then turned the gun on five other troopers (who arrived at the scene)," said Shamsher Jung, the spokesman for the Assam Rifles.

Authorities launched a manhunt for the trooper.

The Assam Rifles are stationed in Manipur, on the India-Myanmar border, to combat some 30 active insurgent groups that are believed to be operating there.

The rebels want a separate homeland and have accused the Indian government of exploiting the region's natural resources, while doing little in return to help the indigenous people who live there.

In the last decade, thousands have died in separatist violence.

-- CNN's Harmeet Shah Singh contributed to this report.

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