50 dead, 200 injured in 11 blasts in Assam

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Guwahati, Oct 30 (UNI) At least 50 people were killed and more than 200 injured today as Assam was ripped apart by the most devastating terrorist attack in its history when 11 synchronised blasts took place in lower Assam, including four in Guwahati.

All the bombs, planted in the most crowded market places, went off between 1130-1150 hours, creating maximum damage. Although the initial toll is stated to be 50, it is apprehended to rise.

The militants also trapped policemen, mediapersons and onlookers by causing one more blast at Ganeshguri, the details of which are still awaited.

An atmosphere of terror gripped Guwahati. Telephone lines were jammed and traffic came to a standstill as the security apparatus collapsed in the face of repeated attacks.

Mobs attacked police for failing to provide security and the police even had to open fire as lawlessness gripped the entire city.

Four bombs went off at Ganeshguri, Fancy bazaar and Panbazar in Guwahati city. The Ganeshguri blast was so powerful that it charred everything within a span of 50 metres. The first blast killed at least eight people and it was followed by a second explosion at the same place leaving an unspecified number injured.

Moreover, three blasts took place at Kokrajhar, two in Bongaigaon and two more in Barpeta road in lower Assam which left more than eight dead in Kokrajhar alone where the bomb went off in the crowded market area.

Police suspected the ULFA to be behind the blasts but some of the police officers did not rule out the involvement of Islamic fundamentalist outfits. Police has also not ruled out the possibility of RDX being used in the blasts.

DIG G P Singh, who rushed to the spot, said the Ganeshguri bomb might had been placed inside a car, adding that looking at the intensity of the blasts, it was probably RDX.

All the blast sites gave a gory sight of severed limbs and charred bodies. In the Ganeshguri blasts, at least eight people were completely charred.

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