Police in India say tribal separatist rebels have shot and killed eight Bengali-speaking villagers in the far northeastern state of Tripura.

The attack occurred Sunday morning in a village east of Agartala, Tripura's capital city. Three women were among those killed. Two people were seriously injured.

Authorities say the raid was carried out by militants from the National Liberation Front of Tripura, who have been fighting for an independent tribal homeland for decades.

Tribal people once dominated the region, but now say they have been reduced to a minority after years of settlement by Bengali-speaking migrants, mainly from neighboring Bangladesh.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.