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Nine dead in Indian election violence

Feb. 12, 2013 at 8:01 AM

ASSAM, India, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Nine people died when police exchanged gunfire with tribal groups protesting local elections in Assam, India, officials said.

Members of the Rabha tribe allegedly set fire to buildings in the Goalpara district and attacked government officials in opposition to the election of a panchayat, a village council, NDTV reported Tuesday. The tribe said the panchayat will undermine its own council's authority.

Approximately 250 soldiers were deployed to restore order to the area, NDTV reported, and 250 more are on standby.

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