Rebels kill 8 paramilitary soldiers in India's troubled northeast

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GAUHATI, India — Police say suspected rebels have ambushed and killed eight Indian paramilitary soldiers in insurgency-wracked northeast.

A police officer says rebels armed with automatic weapons fired at two trucks carrying the soldiers in Nagaland state on Sunday.

Another six soldiers were injured and four were missing in Mon district, nearly 400 kilometers (250 miles) east of Gauhati, the capital of Assam state. The officer spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to reporters.

Police blamed the Khaplang faction of the Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland for the killings. The group last month called off peace talks with the Indian government.

Naga rebels have been demanding an independent homeland in India's northeast. India is offering wide autonomy to the group.

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