Serial Bomb Blast Rock Assam, 30 injured 5 Killed

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Guwahati: At least 17 people were injured as serial bomb blasts rocked Assam’s capital Guwahati on Thursday, the first day of 2009.
Reportedly, one blast occurred in a crowded market at Birubari at 1.45 pm, the second blast at 2.15 pm at Bhootnath area in the city, injuring six people, and the third blast occurred at Bhangarh area.

Initial reports suggested that the Improvised Explosive devices laden on cycles were used for the low-intensity blasts.

The blast occurred at a time when Union Home Minister P Chidambaram is on a two-day visit to Assam to review the counter-insurgency situation and the prevailing law-and-order situation at a meeting of the Unified Command on Friday.

No militant outfit has yet claimed the responsibility of the blasts.
Earlier, the state witnessed serial blasts on October 30, 2008, in which 88 people were killed.

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