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India’s Republic Day Marred by Blasts near Burma Border

27 January 2014

Insurgents in northeastern India were blamed for a series of blasts and an attack on the paramilitary Assam Rifles near the Burmese border on Sunday, reports the Press Trust of India. The incidents occurred following a boycott of India’s Republic Day celebrations by a coordination committee of six major insurgent groups. No one was injured in the blasts that went off in and around Imphal, the capital of Manipur State, but two Assam Rifles personnel were critically wounded in the attack on an outpost in Chandel District, near the border with Burma. India has long sought Burma’s cooperation in cracking down on rebel groups seeking separation from India.