12 injured in grenade attack in Assam market (Lead)

March 25th, 2009 - 10:00 pm ICT by IANS  

Guwahati, March 25 (IANS) At least 12 people were injured, two of them seriously, in a powerful grenade explosion Wednesday at a crowded marketplace in India’s restive northeastern state of Assam, officials said.
A police spokesman said militants riding a motorcycle lobbed the grenade around 7.10 p.m. in the heart of Tezpur town, about 180 km north of Assam’s main city of Guwahati.

“The area was teeming with evening shoppers and vendors, including security personnel, when the explosion took place,” police official A. Das said.

“According to initial reports 12 people, including a paramilitary trooper, were injured in the attack.”

The injured were shifted to hospitals with multiple injuries.

“Condition of at least two of the injured is stated to be critical,” the official said.

Police blamed the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) for the attack.

“The ULFA is trying to make its presence felt ahead of the general elections in Assam,” Das said.

The two-phased elections in Assam are scheduled April 16 and April 23.

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