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Muslims Flee Homes After Massacres in India

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Muslim families began fleeing their their homes in India’s northeastern Assam recently, due to massacres where at least 32 villagers were gunned down. Soldiers were deployed to keep order after mostly women and children, were murdered by masked tribal terrorists.

Now, nearly 300 have taken refuge at a relief camp that has been set up about 3 miles from the villages in Baksa district, the villages hit the worst by the violence.

Assam’s director-general of police, Khagen Sarma, said that some of the victims bodies were pulled out of a river near the villages. S.N. Singh, the inspector general of police for law and order, further confirmed that the police have pulled numerous Muslim corpses from the river.

So far, they explain, twenty-two people have been arrested for their suspected connections to the attacks since the beginning of the month. All arrests have been in the Baksa and Kokrajhar districts, where terrorists dressed in fatigues and armed with illegal assault rifles shot Muslims and torched the homes of anyone who was not around to be lined in their sights.

Police explain that the terrorists are from the National Democratic Front of Bodoland. The organization says that it’s fighting for an independent homeland.

“The objective of this group seems to be aimed at starting a full fledged communal conflagration,” Sushil Kumar Shinde, India’s Home Minister said.

“The forces on the ground will definitely control the situation,” he continued.

In 2012, 80 people were killed in violent clashes between the Bodo indigenous population and Muslims who resettled from Bangladesh. Since then, more than 400,000, which has led to the government blocking websites, censoring social media, and banning bulk mobile-phone texting in what they claim is an attempt to keep the violence at bay.

Police claim that the terrorist assaults are likely in retaliation to a crackdown on the group since January which has led to 18 terrorist being killed, along with the surrender of 45 more who are in prison currently.

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