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Independence Day: Serial explosions rock Assam, no casualty

Series of five bomb explosions by suspected ULFA-I militants rock upper Assam's Charaido and Tinsukia districts as the nation celebrates 70th Independence Day

A member of the bomb disposal squad carrying out controlled IED defusion that was found near Forest Training School Makum in Tinsukia district, Assam. Photo: PTIPremium
A member of the bomb disposal squad carrying out controlled IED defusion that was found near Forest Training School Makum in Tinsukia district, Assam. Photo: PTI

Guwahati/Tinsukia: A series of five bomb explosions by suspected United Liberation Front of Asom-Independent (ULFA-I) militants rocked upper Assam’s Charaido and Tinsukia districts on Monday morning as the state celebrated the country’s 70th Independence Day.

There was no casualty or injury in any of the explosions, police said. A blast was reported at an abandoned place beside an interior road at 7.40am at a place under Tengapukhari outpost in Charaido district, superintendent of police A.P. Tiwari said.

The militants had apparently placed the bomb under the ground, Tiwari said. In Tinsukia district, four other explosions were triggered by the insurgent outfit. An improvised explosive devise (IED) went off near Indira Gandhi School at Laipuli area on the outskirts of district headquarters of Tinsukia town at 7.15am, the officials said. This was followed by another blast in line no.6 of Badlabhata Tea Estate in Doomdooma area, where the third IED was also set off at Masuwa, they said.

The fourth one exploded at Gamtumati in Philobari area where ULFA-I militants on 12 August had shot dead two persons and injured six others in indiscriminate firing at Bahbon village. On Sunday, a powerful 4kg IED was recovered at Makum based on interception of an ULFA-I message, officials said.

On 5 August, 14 people were killed and over 20 injured by NDFB (Songbijit) insurgents at Balajan in Kokrajhar district. Security measures have been tightened across Assam and patrolling by security forces intensified, the police added.

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Published: 15 Aug 2016, 12:40 PM IST
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