Diphu (Assam): Two persons, including a child, were killed on Monday and 30 others injured in a bomb blast suspected to have been triggered by a militant outfit in a passenger train in central Assam’s Karbi Anglong district.
Police sources said the bomb, kept inside coach number 8209 of 901 Lumding-Tinsukia passenger train, exploded around 8 am as it entered Diphu railway station.
They said they suspected militants belonging to Karbi Longri National Liberation Front (KLNLF), which has given an indefinite call for economic blockade in the Karbi Anglong region in Assam from this morning to press their 10-point demand, to have planted the bomb.
The deceased have been identified as Kamal Singh Teron and Raj Devnath. Two seriously injured passengers were shifted to the army hospital in Nagaland.
The sources said the bomb was kept at the entrance of the general class compartment of the local train and triggered by a timer device. Senior railway and police officers have rushed to the blast site.
The KLNLF has called the economic blockade of railway tracks and National Highways 37 and 39 in the district demanding responses from political parties to their 10-point demands, which include among others, exclusion of Karbi Anglong land from ‘Dimaraji´ as demanded by another militant outfit, Dima Halam Daogah (DHD), in neighbouring N C Hills.
The blast comes just over a month after the devastating serial bomb explosions in Assam on 30 October, which claimed nearly 80 lives.