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15 injured in a powerful explosion in Assam

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, Sept 18, IRNA

Guwahati, India, Sept 18, IRNA


At least 15 people were injured, two of them critically, in a powerful explosion Thursday in India's restive northeastern state of Assam, officials said.

A police spokesman said the blast took place at Bijni town in Chirang district, about 230 km west of Assam's main city of Guwahati.

"The explosion took place in a crowded place close to a government office with most of the victims either shoppers or office goers," Assam Inspector General of Police Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta said.

Of the 15 injured, two of them were stated to be critical.

"All the injured were shifted to local hospitals with multiple wounds," the official said.

Police blamed the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) for the explosion.

"We suspect it was the handiwork of the ULFA as they had suffered some reverses in the form of arrests, encounter deaths, and few of them surrendered in the last few days," Mahanta said.

The ULFA, fighting for an independent homeland since 1979, is split with a potent striking unit of the outfit declaring a unilateral ceasefire in June.

"Investigations are on to ascertain the nature of explosives used in the blast," the police official said.

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

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