At least 10 wounded in grenade blast in India's northeastern Assam state

by Reuters
Wednesday, 15 May 2019 16:48 GMT

Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel conduct route march in a street ahead of the seventh and last phase of general election, in Kolkata, India, May 15, 2019. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

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Police said no group had claimed responsibility, but national public radio broadcaster All India Radio said a faction of the banned separatist group United Liberation Front of Asom had claimed responsibility

NEW DELHI, May 15 (Reuters) - At least 10 people were wounded in a grenade explosion in the northeastern Indian state of Assam on Wednesday but no militant group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack, police said.

"It was a grenade blast probably targeted against security personnel conducting routine patrol in the area," Deepak Kumar, police commissioner in the Assam capital Guwahati, told reporters.

The blast in a busy street in Guwahati occurred at about 8 p.m. (1430 GMT) and those injured included two police officers and eight civilians.

The grenade was lobbed by two people on a motorcycle, Kumar said.

Police said no group had claimed responsibility, but national public radio broadcaster All India Radio said a faction of the banned separatist group United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) had claimed responsibility for the attack.

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal condemned the attacks, saying in a tweet he has directed the local authorities to immediately apprehend the culprits. (Reporting by Zarir Hussain Writing by Aftab Ahmed Editing by Frances Kerry)

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