Eight men believed to be migrant workers were shot dead by rebels in two separate incidents in India's insurgency-hit northeastern state of Manipur, police said Tuesday.
Police recovered the bodies of seven unidentified men from the outskirts of state capital Manipur Tuesday, official K. Tomba Singh told AFP.
"The seven people were brought in a van and then were lined up by the roadside with their hands tied to their back and were shot dead from close range with automatic weapons," said Singh.
The incident took place late Monday, he said, adding militants shot dead another man in a similar manner a few miles away from the state capital.
The attacks echoed similar shootings this month in the neighbouring state of Assam, where a long-running separatist movement has periodically targeted non-ethnic Assamese who come to the state for work.
There are more than 19 militant groups active in Manipur, bordering Myanmar, with demands ranging from greater autonomy to independence.
More than 10,000 people have lost their lives to insurgency in Manipur over the past two decades. (AFP)
Rebels kill eight migrants in northeast India: police