ULFA blows up electric transformer in Sibsagar

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Guwahati, Nov 10 (UNI) A blast, suspected to be triggered by the ULFA, took place in the Sibsagar district of Assam early today.

Sibsagar Superintendent of Police (SP) Shyamal Saikia said the blast, that damaged an electric transformer, occurred in Kunwargaon, a remote village in Mahmara area under Charaidew (Sonari) sub-division at about 0015 hrs.

Mr Saikia said, ''Our personnel heard a sound but could not judge the direction at night. A team left to inspect the origin of the sound after dawn and found a transformer partially damaged.'' The lower portion of a leg of the NEEPCO electric transformer was damaged but electricity supply in the area had not been disrupted, he added.

Mr Saikia said the ULFA was suspected to be behind the blast, although no outfit had claimed responsibility as yet.

He also hinted that the blast in the remote ULFA-dominated area could have been a ploy of the outfit to ambush security personnel who rushed to the spot immediately.

The blast site is near the spot where ULFA leader Anirban Basu was killed in an encounter with the police a few weeks back.

Sibsagar district had witnessed at least three other attempted militant strikes in the last week.

While two IEDs were recovered from an ONGC pipeline on Tuesday, another powerful bomb was recovered from an electric transformer near the Borhat railway station.


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