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Clashes in north-east India leave 17 dead as thousands flee

Published on Jan 8, 2014 5:21 PM

GUWAHATI, India (AFP) - Clashes between tribes in India's restive north-east Assam state have left 17 dead and forced thousands to flee, officials said on Wednesday.

Some 4,000 people have sought refuge in makeshift camps since fighting started in December in Karbi Anglong district, about 320km from the main city of Guwahati, a police spokesman said.

The latest violence, between the Karbi and Rengma Naga tribes over attempts to grab land, has involved villagers being shot at close range and their bodies dumped in a jungle area, officials said.

"Most of the people have fled their homes out of fear following violent clashes between the two tribes that have been raging on in the past fortnight," state water resources minister Rajib Lochan Pegu said.

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