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31 October 2008 :: 15:10:21 pm 28547

Death Toll From Serial Blasts In India Assam State Rises To 77+

NEW DELHI, Oct. 31 (Kyodo) - The death toll from over a dozen blasts that hit India?s restive northeastern state of Assam on Thursday rose to 77 on Friday, with 11 more people succumbing to their injuries overnight, the Press Trust of India reported.
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The report said a total of 41 people died in six blasts in the state capital Guwahati, while 36 died in blasts in two of four targetted districts — 21 people in Kokrajhar and 15 in Barpeta. 

Hundreds of people were injured in the coordinated blasts that went off around noon Thursday, reportedly using high-intensity explosives placed in cars, autorickshaws, motorcycles and bicycles that were triggered by timed devices.

Authorities suspect that the Bangladesh-based Islamic militant outfit Harkat-ul-Jihad-e-Islami, better known as HuJI, might be behind the blasts, though they do not rule out involvement of the United Liberation Front of Asom, which is fighting for an independent Assam.

According to PTI, the ULFA has denied its involvement in the terror attacks. Nevertheless, police are investigating an UFLA link and believe some UFLA cadres are being recruited and rained by HuJI militants, according to the report. Since the early 1980s, Assam, which shares borders with Bangladesh and Bhutan, has been hit by insurgency.

The Assamese insurgents oppose the influx of Hindi-speaking workers who they argue are taking jobs away from ethnic Assamese, affecting Assam’s demographic composition and exploiting its natural resources.

Assam is rich in oil, tea and timber but has a massive unemployment problem.

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Reporter : PDN staff   Category : World News

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