Bomb Blast in Assam’s Dibrugarh Town

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Assam_BlastDibrugarh, Assam, 17 Dec:  Suspected militants detonated a bomb killing a teenage girl and injuring 17 persons, including a woman, in upper Assam’s Dibrugarh town on Tuesday.

The explosive, probably a crude bomb, went off at around 5 PM behind the old Railway station in the busy Amolapatty area below an electric pole, district Superintendent of Police Rana Bhuyan told.

14-year-old Purnima Rojok, who had been injured in the blast, succumbed to her wounds at the Assam Medical College Hospital. The seventeen others, who were injured, some of them critically, have also been admitted to the hospital.

Investigations pointed to a crude bomb and not a grenade as no splinters were found at the site of the blast and also there was no trace of an improvised explosive device (IED). The identity of the insurgent outfit responsible for the blast was not immediately known, the SP said.

The explosion created a two-foot wide crater on the road.

Both ULFA (Independent) and Maoist elements are known to be active in upper Assam.

Local people had reported to the police that two extremists had come on a motorcycle and hurled a grenade before fleeing.

Senior police officials went to the site cordoned off the area and tightened security arrangements in the town.

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