Six killed in Guwahati blast (Lead)

April 6th, 2009 - 5:04 pm ICT by IANS  

Manmohan Singh Guwahati, April 6 (IANS) At least six people were killed and 30 wounded, eight of them critically, when a powerful bomb exploded at a crowded market in this Assam city Monday afternoon.
Police blamed the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) for the attack and said it took place in the busy Maligaon area of Assam’s main city of Guwahati around 1.45 p.m.

“The bomb was planted on a parked motorcycle,” senior police official G.P. Singh said.

“The blast comes a day before the ULFA (United Liberation Front of Asom) marks its 30th foundation day and we had intelligence inputs about the group planning some attacks in the city,” he added.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is scheduled to address an election rally for the ruling Congress party in Dibrugarh, 500 km east of Guwahati.

The area was packed with people when the explosion occurred.

“Among the injured were several schoolchildren who were returning home,” said Debajit Das, who witnessed the explosion.

The injured have been shifted to the Guwahati Medical College Hospital.

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