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Indian Army Seizes Key Rebel Base in Northeast


The Indian army says it has seized an important separatist base in the northeastern state of Manipur.

India launched an offensive against the insurgent groups in the state last month.

An army spokesman says the base was found in a region that borders Burma and it appears to be the headquarters of the outlawed separatist group known as the People's Liberation Army or the PLA.

The PLA is the main separatist group in Manipur and is yet to comment on the army's claim.

The Manipur separatists say they are trying to protect their ethnic identities and trying to prevent the government from plundering resources from the region which is rich in oil, minerals, tea and timber.

Some information for this report provided by AFPand Reuters.