A state member of parliament in the northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh and at least six others were killed on Tuesday, May 21st, in an attack by suspected separatist militants, AFP has reported.
Legislator, Tirong Aboh, from the National People's Party (NPP) allied to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party, was travelling from Dibrugarh in Assam to Khonsa when insurgents opened fire on his vehicle, leaving him and at least six family members dead.
One senior police official said the death toll could be much higher.
"We believe 11 people have been killed, including a member of the legislative assembly," a top officer told AFP on condition of anonymity.
The attack follows the end of India's general elections on Sunday, as well as state assembly polls in Arunachal Pradesh which borders China and Bhutan.
Militants belonging to the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN), one of several separatist groups in the area, are suspected of having carried out the attack after making threats to Aboh, but no claim of responsibility has yet been made.
NPP Chief, Conrad Sangma, condemned the incident and urged the Indian government to take action against those responsible.
"The NPP is extremely shocked and saddened by the news of the death of its MLA Shri Tirong Aboh (Arunachal Pradesh) and his family," Sangma tweeted