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7 injured in Assam car blast
May 04, 2007 08:54 IST
Last Updated: May 04, 2007 23:43 IST
In a renewed attack on Hindi-speaking people in Assam, the Inited Liberation Front of Assam on Friday detonated a car bomb in the heart of Tinsukia, injuring seven persons.
The timed device hidden in a jeep exploded near a wholesale grain market dominated by Hindi-speaking traders on busy Chamber Road, the commercial hub of Tinsukia, the police said.
The injured -- all Hindi-speaking people -- were taken to the Assam Medical College Hospital in nearby Dibrugarh district.
Eyewitnesses said the vehicle with the bomb was driven to the area by a person on Friday morning. Another disaster was averted when the army found a 45-kg improvised explosive device concealed inside an LPG cylinder at Chikajan in Tinsukia district on Thursday night.
The police did not rule out a link between Friday's blast and another explosion in a Food Corporation of India godown in Guwahati on Thursday and the kidnapping of FCI executive director P C Ram by the ULFA on April 17.
Security has been beefed up in upper Assam, the stronghold of ULFA's 28th battalion strike force, which had earlier targeted Hindi-speaking people.
Nearly 100 of them were gunned down by the banned group in January.