Five blasts rock three eastern Assam districts

Suspected extremists carried out five blasts in three eastern Assam districts Sunday morning amid heightened security for Republic Day.

Police said there was no casualty and the low-intensity blasts caused minimal damage.

Two of the blasts took place near a hospital and a Gurudwara in Dibrugarh town. Another blast occurred at Dujiajan in Dibrugarh district when two motorcycle-borne men lobbed a grenade.

Police said there was a mild explosion each at Doomdooma in Tinsukia district and Sonari in Charaideo district.

Cowardly acts, says CM

“These are cowardly acts. An investigation has been ordered,” Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said during the Republic Day function in Guwahati.

Although no outfit claimed responsibility, police suspect members of the banned United Liberation Front of Asom-Independent (ULFA-I) carried out the blasts.

The ULFA-I has exploded bombs and grenades during Republic Day and Independence Day celebrations in the past.

The deadliest of these was on August 15, 2004, when 18 people — mostly schoolchildren — were killed in north-eastern Assam’s Dhemaji town.


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