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4 killed, 15 injured in powerful blast in India's N-E state of Assam

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Guwahati, India, Dec 10, IRNA -- At least four people were killed and more than 15 injured, six of them critically, in a powerful bomb blast Thursday at a crowded marketplace in India's restive northeastern state of Assam, officials said.

A police spokesperson said the blast took place at a daily multipurpose market at Missamari town in Sonitpur district, about 220 km north of Assam's main city of Guwahati.

"The market was teeming with people when the bomb went off leading to utter panic and chaos in the area," Sonitpur district police chief Jitmol Doley said.

Witnesses and local police officials said four people died on the spot and about 17 wounded.

"The condition of at least six of them are stated to critical with their limbs separated from the body and stomachs ripped apart," Abhir Das, a local businessman in the area, said.

The blast site is close to a local police station and an army base camp.

"The injured were shifted to local hospitals with multiple injuries," Doley said.

Police blamed the outlawed National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) for the attack.

"We strongly suspect the hand of the NDFB in the blast as the area is a stronghold of the outfit and there were reports of militants serving extortion notices to local people in the area during the past few days," an intelligence official said.

The NDFB is a rebel group fighting for an independent homeland for the Bodo tribe in Assam.

The NDFB is blamed for the Oct 30 serial explosions in 2008 that killed about 100 people and injured more than 400.

At least 10,000 people have lost their lives to insurgency in Assam during the past two decades.


End News / IRNA / News Code 834825

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