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At least three people were killed and five seriously injured when disguised gunmen opened fire on villagers in India’s restive northeastern state of Manipur, officials said Tuesday, as sporadic violence continued in the region.

At least 180 people have died in fierce fighting between members of the majority Meitei and minority Kuki communities in the state in May, following a court order that suggested extending the privileges given to the Kukis to the Meiteis as well. Has gone.

Fresh violence was reported from Lilong area of ​​Thoubal district on Monday when a group in camouflage clothes opened indiscriminate fire on locals.

“Three people died due to gunshot wounds, while five others are in hospital with serious injuries,” a senior police officer said. reuters by phone.

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There was no immediate information on the identities of the victims or the suspected attackers.

Authorities have reimposed indefinite curfew in Thoubal district and four other adjoining districts of Imphal East, Imphal West, Kakching and Bishnupur from Monday night.

Manipur, bordering Myanmar, is one of India’s smallest states with a population of 32 lakh.

16% of its inhabitants are Kuki, who live in the hills and receive economic benefits and quotas for government jobs and education, while 53% are Meitei, who control the more prosperous lowlands.

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