Six rebels, five locals killed in India's north-east

Other News Materials 23 February 2008 16:42 (UTC +04:00)

( dpa ) - At least 11 people including six separatist militants were killed in two separate incidents in India's restive north-eastern state of Manipur, official sources were quoted as saying Saturday.

Troopers from the Assam Rifles raided suspected militant hideouts in the town of Moreh, which lies 120 kilometres south-east of state capital Imphal in the early hours of Saturday.

As the search was intensified, a militant group was spotted and six rebels identified as from the United National Liberation Front (UNLF) were killed, the Press Trust of India (PTI) said.

The forces also recovered arms and ammunition including automatic rifles, rocket and grenade launchers after the shoot-out from Moreh, a town that borders Myanmar.

In another incident on Friday evening, five villagers who were travelling in a jeep were shot dead by militants from the Kuki Liberation Army (KLA) in the northern Senapati district.

Sources told the PTI that KLA rebels had attacked the group as one of the locals was associated with the rival Kuki Revolutionary Army (KRA).

Manipur is one of India's north-eastern states worst affected by separatist violence. Nineteen separatist rebel organizations are active in Manipur with demands ranging from secession to autonomy.

According to government data, more than 10,000 people have lost their lives to the insurgency in Manipur during the past two decades.