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Police in India kill 2 suspected of belonging to group blamed for deadly attack on Muslims

  • A villager sits on a bench as Indian security officers stand guard at violence-affected Narayanguri village, in the northeastern Indian state of Assam, Saturday, May 3 2014. Police in India arrested 22 people after separatist rebels went on a rampage, burning homes and killing dozens of Muslims in the worst outbreak of ethnic violence in the remote northeastern region in two years, officials said Saturday. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

    A villager sits on a bench as Indian security officers stand guard at violence-affected Narayanguri village, in the northeastern Indian state of Assam, Saturday, May 3 2014. Police in India arrested 22 people after separatist rebels went on a rampage, burning homes and killing dozens of Muslims in the worst outbreak of ethnic violence in the remote northeastern region in two years, officials said Saturday. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)  (The Associated Press)

  • A boy cries near bodies of victims killed in ethnic violence, at a burial ground at Narayanguri village, in the northeastern Indian state of Assam, Saturday, May 3 2014. Police in India arrested 22 people after separatist rebels went on a rampage, burning homes and killing dozens of Muslims in the worst outbreak of ethnic violence in the remote northeastern region in two years, officials said Saturday. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

    A boy cries near bodies of victims killed in ethnic violence, at a burial ground at Narayanguri village, in the northeastern Indian state of Assam, Saturday, May 3 2014. Police in India arrested 22 people after separatist rebels went on a rampage, burning homes and killing dozens of Muslims in the worst outbreak of ethnic violence in the remote northeastern region in two years, officials said Saturday. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)  (The Associated Press)

  • Relatives of victims killed in ethnic violence mourn at a burial ground at Narayanguri village, in the northeastern Indian state of Assam, Saturday, May 3 2014. Police in India arrested 22 people after separatist rebels went on a rampage, burning homes and killing dozens of Muslims in the worst outbreak of ethnic violence in the remote northeastern region in two years, officials said Saturday. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

    Relatives of victims killed in ethnic violence mourn at a burial ground at Narayanguri village, in the northeastern Indian state of Assam, Saturday, May 3 2014. Police in India arrested 22 people after separatist rebels went on a rampage, burning homes and killing dozens of Muslims in the worst outbreak of ethnic violence in the remote northeastern region in two years, officials said Saturday. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)  (The Associated Press)

Police say they have killed two people suspected of belonging to the rebel group accused of killing 29 Muslims in the worst ethnic violence in India's remote northeast in two years.

Police officer Sanjukta Prashar says the suspected insurgents hurled a grenade and fired at policemen who ambushed them in a dense forest on Sunday.

Police killed two in an exchange of gunfire, but the other two managed to escape near Tejpur, a town nearly 80 kilometers (50 miles) north of the region where Muslims were attacked on Thursday and Friday.

Authorities have said the attackers belonged to a faction of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland, which has been fighting for a separate homeland for the ethnic Bodo people for decades. The rebel group denies it.