Suspected rebels kill 6 Indian police, 1 civilian

AP News
Posted: Apr 15, 2011 10:06 AM
Suspected rebels kill 6 Indian police, 1 civilian

Suspected insurgents ambushed a lawmaker's convoy in India's troubled northeast on Friday, killing six police and a civilian driver in a hail of gunfire, authorities said.

Another six police in escort vehicles were wounded in the attack on the outskirts of Imphal, the capital of Manipur state, said police official L.M. Khaute.

W. Keishing, an independent lawmaker, escaped unhurt in the roadside attack, Khaute told The Associated Press. He was visiting the state's Ukhrul district, which he represents in the state legislature.

Five police were killed on the spot and one died later in hospital, police said. The assailants fled after the attack.

No one claimed responsibility for the killings. However, at least 17 separatist rebel groups are active in Manipur state and often stage hit-and-run attacks on government forces.

The United National Liberation Front is a key group fighting for an independent homeland for Manipur's majority Meitei tribespeople.