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Thursday, 26 April, 2001, 11:19 GMT 12:19 UK
Police ambushed in Tripura

By Subir Bhaumik in Calcutta

Eight policemen and a civilian have been killed in a separatist rebel attack in the north-east Indian state of Tripura.

Three others were said to be injured in the attack - which is the worst this year against police in the state.

The state's police spokesperson, D Gautam told the BBC that a convoy of the Tripura State Rifles special police force came under attack at around midday, near a village some 30 km from the state capital Agartala.

The rebels fired from both sides of the road - killing six policemen and their civilian driver instantly.

Mr Gautam said two others succumbed to their injuries on the way to the hospital.

The condition of those injured is reported to be serious.

Mr Gautam said his team is certain that rebels of the National Liberation Front of Tripura had carried out the attack.

He said the policemen had been sent there to track some rebels down.

This is the biggest rebel attack on police by separatist rebels in Tripura this year.

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