Seven persons, including two women, were killed and nine others injured on Sunday night in an indiscriminate firing by the banned National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) militants in Sonitpur district along the Arunachal Pradesh border.
"NDFB insurgents attacked Balisang village in Biswanath Chariali police station and fired at the locals having a mixed population of Assamese, Nepalese and Adivasis," Superintendent of Police Surender Kumar told PTI.
Official sources said the militants had attacked the villagers as they refused to pay the extortion demands.
Eleven bodies were found from the spot. Seven villagers were killed on the spot. Six of them were identified as Chhandra Chhetri, Hagro Telenga, Dulumani Bora, Goma Devi, Thurku Gor and Mohan Bahadur Chhetri.
The injured people were admitted to Biswanath Chariali hospital.
Kumar said the situation was tense as the villagers were moving on roads with sharp weapons. Special police picket has been set up in the village, he said. PTI