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Tribal rebels kill 7 policemen in India's Assam

GUWAHATI, India, Nov 2 (Reuters) - Tribal rebels killed seven policemen in an ambush in India's tea- and oil-rich northeastern state of Assam on Friday, a senior military officer said.

Heavily armed guerrillas of a little-known group, Dima Halam Daogah (DHD), ambushed a vehicle carrying Central Reserve Police Force men on patrol in the mountainous, rebel-infested area of North Cachar Hills district.

"All seven of them died on the spot and militants took away their weapons from the site," the officer, who did not want to be named, said.

Reinforcements had rushed to launch search operations in the thick forested areas to catch the attackers, he added.

The DHD is fighting for political autonomy for the Dimasa tribespeople in the hilly region.

India's northeast, made of eight states, has been racked by separatist and tribal insurgencies for the past 60 years, as locals accuse New Delhi of plundering the region's mineral and forest resources and investing little in return.