(AFP) – Jun 29, 2008
GUWAHATI, India (AFP) — At least six people were killed and 39 injured Sunday in two separate bomb blasts in India's insurgency-hit Assam state, police said.
The first attack took place in Kumarikata village, about 70 kilometres (42 miles) west of the state's main city of Guwahati.
"The market was teeming with people when the explosion took place, killing six people on the spot and wounding about 35 more," a senior police official told AFP.
Fifteen people were in a critical condition.
In the second attack, suspected militants on a motorcycle attacked a security patrol in Nagaon district, about 135 kilometres east of Guwahati, police official A. Das said by telephone.
"The militants lobbed a grenade at a police patrol team, injuring three security personnel and a civilian," he said.
Police said they suspected the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) carried out the attacks.
The ULFA is a rebel group which has been fighting for an independent homeland in Assam since 1979. More than 10,000 people have lost their lives to insurgency in the tea and timber-rich state during the past two decades.
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