8 injured in train derailment following blast in NE India

14:29, July 08, 2010      

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A passenger train derailed early Thursday in the northeastern Indian state of Assam after a separatist militant group blew up a stretch of railway tracks, injuring at least eight people including the driver, a senior police official said.

"Six coaches and the engine of Garib Rath, which was on its way from the state capital Guwahati to the eastern Indian city of Kolkata, derailed near Gosaingaon in Kokrajhar district of Assam after Bodo militants blew up the rail track," the official said.

The driver and seven others passengers were injured in the incident and admitted to a local hospital, he said.

The blast followed just hours after two similar blasts took place on the railway tracks near Dhekiajuli in the same state.

Bodo militants belong to the National Democratic Front of Bodoland, branded a terrorist outfit by Indian government.

Source: Xinhua


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