20 killed as 11 serial blasts rock Assam (Lead)

October 30th, 2008 - 2:06 pm ICT by IANS  

Guwahati, Oct 30 (IANS) A series of coordinated blasts rocked Assam Thursday, killing at least 20 people and injuring over 100, police and eyewitnesses said.Four blasts occurred in Assam’s principal city of Guwahati and three each in Barpeta and Kokrajhar districts. Several of the injured were said to be in a critical condition

Thick black smoke billowed into the sky as the blasts in Guwahati targeted busy markets like Fancy Bazar, Pan Bazar and the district courts. One blast went off a mere 100 metres from the residence of Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi.

The mangled remains of cars littered Guwahati’s streets even as fire brigade personnel and rescue workers rushed in to control the flames.

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