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Serial blasts kill 5, injure 26 in Assam

Serial blasts kill 5, injure 26 in Assam
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First Published: Thu, Jan 01 2009. 10 48 PM IST

Aftermath: ecurity personnel inspect the site of the blast at Bhootnath in Guwahati. Three blasts rocked Assam in the new year. Biju Boro / AFP
Aftermath: ecurity personnel inspect the site of the blast at Bhootnath in Guwahati. Three blasts rocked Assam in the new year. Biju Boro / AFP
Updated: Thu, Jan 01 2009. 10 48 PM IST
Guwahati: At least five people were killed and 26 wounded when suspected separatist militants set off three bombs in Assam on Thursday, police said. The death toll is likely to rise, they added.
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The first bomb was found in a dustbin in a heavily populated residential area, but went off at around 1.45pm before a disposal squad could defuse it, police said.
Two other devices exploded in the late afternoon, one of them near a crowded shopping mall, police said.
Aftermath: ecurity personnel inspect the site of the blast at Bhootnath in Guwahati. Three blasts rocked Assam in the new year. Biju Boro / AFP
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.
Police pointed the finger at the United Liberation Front of Asom (Ulfa), the major separatist group in the oil- and tea-rich state often blamed for attacks, for being behind the blasts.
“We suspect the Ulfa is behind these explosions,” Guwahati’s deputy inspector general of police G.P. Singh said. The blasts hit Guwahati before the home minister P. Chidambaram arrived in the state for a security review on Thursday.
Ulfa is among the at least two dozen armed groups in the north-east which are either fighting for an independent homeland or more political autonomy.
They accuse New Delhi of plundering the region’s mineral and forest resources, neglecting the local economy and giving them back nothing in return.
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First Published: Thu, Jan 01 2009. 10 48 PM IST
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