5 Indian Congress workers injured, 8 paramilitary troopers killed in 2 rebel attacks in northeast India

14:35, March 15, 2011      

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Five of India's ruling Congress workers were injured in a bomb blast at the party headquarters in Guwahati in the northeastern Indian state of Assam, while eight Border Security Force paramilitary troopers were killed in two attacks by local separatists in the northeast Indian state of Assam Monday evening, according to local media reports on Tuesday.

The two separate militant attacks took place in the northeastern state of Assam where elections are due April 4 and 11, said Indo-Asian News Service.

Congress party spokespersons Mehdi Alam Bora and Akshay Rajkhowa, and party general secretary Ranjan Bora were injured in the bomb blast at Rajib Bhawan in the heart of Guwahati. Two more Congress workers were also injured in the explosion, according to the reports.

The anti-talk faction of the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) has claimed responsibility for the attack at the Rajib Bhawan (house).

The blast occurred around 6:50 p.m. when the party office teeming with workers and leaders with assembly elections round the corner.

Earlier police said it was a grenade attack, but it was later confirmed a bomb was planted near the boundary wall of the party headquarters concealed in a garbage bin.

In the second incident, tribal separatists of the anti-talk faction of the outlawed National Democratic Front of Bodoland ( NDFB) ambushed a bus carrying 20 Border Security Force troopers around 8:00 p.m. near Ultapani in Kokrajhar district, about 220 km west of Assam's main city of Guwahati.

The BSF bus was on its way to their base camp at Ultapani after carrying out a routine patrol when heavily armed NDFB militants opened indiscriminate gunfire from automatic weapons, said police.

Three BSF troopers were killed on the spot and ten others injured. Five of the injured later succumbed to their injuries in a local hospital.

Source: Xinhua

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