11 killed, 4 hurt in Assam ambush
Heavily armed terrorists attack a four-vehicle convoy carrying rly construction workers and paramilitary troops.india Updated: Oct 06, 2006 16:37 IST
At least 11 people including seven paramilitary troopers were killed and four wounded on Friday in an ambush in Assam by tribal separatists group.
A police spokesman said heavily armed terrorists attacked a four-vehicle convoy carrying railway construction workers and paramilitary troops escorting them near Hatikhali in the North Cachar Hills district, 350 km south from Guwahati. The incident took place at 10.30 am.
"Seven Railway Protection Special Force troopers and four railway officials were killed in the attack. Four of our workers were also injured seriously," said T Rabha, chief public relations officer, Northeast Frontier Railway.
Two of the vehicles came under terrorist attack while the other two were undamaged. Later, the terrorists decamped with the service weapons of the dead soldiers.
The group of railway workers were on the way to a broad gauge construction site when they came under heavy fire from terrorists hiding on a hilltop.
Police is yet to identify the terrorist group involved in the attack, but said two factions of the outlawed Dima Haolam Daoga are active in the area.
Meanwhile, in another incident, seven people including four Central Reserve Police Force personnel were injured at Doomdooma in the state's easternmost district of Tinsukia, when two suspected militants hurled a grenade at the entrance of the local police station Thursday evening. The incident occurred at around 7.10 pm.
The Tinsukia district Additional Superintendent of Police BG Kuligam was the target of the attack although he escaped unhurt.