At least 11 people were gunned down and nine injured in an attack by suspected militants of the Ranjan Daimari-led anti-talks faction of the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) at Bhimajuli in northern Assam’s Sonitpur district on Sunday night.

Police said five persons died on the spot while six persons succumbed to injuries in hospital.

The deceased included women and children. The condition of several of the injured was stated to be critical. The victims belonged to the Nepali and Assamese communities. Army troops and Assam Police contingents have cordoned off the affected villages and nearby areas and launched combing operations.

2 villages attacked

Official sources said the suspected militants attacked two villages at Bhimajuli about 35 km off the Biswanth Chariali police station. The militants started firing indiscriminately with sophisticated weapons around 6.30 p.m., killing five persons on the spot at Bhimajuli located close to the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border.

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