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Indian security forces foil serial explosion plot in Assam

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Guwahati, India, Jan 28, IRNA -- Five separatists were arrested and a major plot to carry out serial explosions in India's restive northeastern state of Assam was foiled by security forces by seizing an estimated 100 kg of the highly potent plastic explosive Neogel-90.

A police spokesperson said three militants of the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) were arrested Thursday by a joint team of police and army soldiers from Tinsukia district in eastern Assam, while in a separate raid two rebels of the same group were nabbed in Jorhat district.

“All the five ULFA militants arrested had recently sneaked into eastern Assam from camps in Myanmar with specific mission to carry out violent attacks,” a senior police official said.

Security forces also seized some weapons and explosives from the arrested rebels.

“Investigations are on to find out if there could be more militants who might have sneaked into Assam from Myanmar,” the official said.

Meanwhile, a joint of team of police and paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers late Wednesday seized nearly 100 kg of Neogel-90 during a routine road check in the eastern Lakhimpur district.

The highly potent explosives were recovered from a private vehicle neatly concealed in packets.

“I would say Neogel-90 is a deadly explosive and if used properly could have killed a thousand people,” a senior CRPF official said requesting not to be named.

“We suspect the explosive consignment could have been procured by the NDFB (National Democratic Front of Bodoland) to carry out violent attacks,” the official said.

Neogel 90 is an ammonium nitrate-based material used just twice in terror attacks - once in 2007 Hyderabad twin blasts and the serial explosions in Jaipur in 2008.

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End News / IRNA / News Code 925166



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