NEW DELHI, India (CNN) -- Indian troops have gunned down five suspected militants in a shootout in a remote northeastern state, authorities said Monday.
Three of the men killed in Assam are thought to be from a splinter faction of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland and two from the Muslim United Liberation Tigers of Assam, the state's Sonitpur district deputy commissioner, Rajesh Prasad, told CNN.
The shootout erupted when paramilitary troops raided their hideout late Sunday after receiving a tip, Prasad said.
Weapons and ammunition were recovered in the raid, he added.
Eleven boroughs of Assam, hit by a series of insurgent attacks recently, are to vote in the second round of general elections in India on Thursday.
The elections, covering more than 3 million square kilometers of the planet, will run until next month in several stages of scattered polling. Then, elections officials will count the vote electronically in a single day -- on May 16, three days after the last round of polling.
It is an exercise India undertakes every five years for its 1 billion-plus population. This year, the country is voting in 543 boroughs of the Lok Sabha, or the lower house of the Indian parliament.
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