Indian police say separatist rebels have ambushed paramilitary soldiers on a patrol in the insurgency-wracked northeast and fatally shot three of them.
Superintendent Anurag Agarwal says another two soldiers were wounded in Saturday's attack that came despite tightened security ahead of next week's legislature elections in Assam state.
The attack occurred hours before Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's arrival there to canvass support for his Congress party.
No one claimed responsibility for the attack in Rangsali area, nearly 200 miles (300 kilometers) southeast from the state capital, Gauhati.
It's a stronghold of the Karbi People's Liberation Tigers, one of more than 30 rebel groups in the northeast fighting for independence or wide autonomy.