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Assam: Suspected ULFAs lob grenades at Army vehicle

July 19, 2011 10:55 IST

Suspected United Liberation Front of Asominsurgents lobbed a grenade at Assam Rifles personnel escorting a school bus in upper Assam's Sibsagar district on Tuesday morning. All school children and security personnel are safe, police said.

At around 7.30 am, an Assam Rifles vehicle with its personnel was escorting a school bus carrying children of the Kendriya Vidyalaya at Nazira when the militants lobbed the grenade at them at Kenduguri.

The grenade, however, exploded at a distance away from the school bus and the escort vehicle without hitting them. Kenduguri is about three km away from the house of ULFA chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa, who is out on bail, and is involved in peace talks with the Centre.

Police sources said a group of anti-talk ULFA militants under the leadership of Pradip Gogoi had sneaked into Sibsagar district through the porous Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh inter-state border for setting up a camp to resort to subversive activities.

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