Toll in northeast India market attack jumps to 15

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KOKRAJHAR, India: The death toll from an attack in India’s northeastern Assam state, where gunmen opened fire on a busy market, jumped to 15 on Saturday as three more people succumbed to their injuries. The dead included a militant from a faction of the outlawed National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), which has waged a decades-long campaign for an independent homeland for the indigenous Bodo people. Police say that around six gunmen were behind Friday’s attack, one of whom was later killed by security forces who were searching for the other attackers. Assam’s newly elected Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonowal, from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), condemned the killings and pledged strong action against the perpetrators.

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