Low-intensity blast injures 4 in Guwahati
GUWAHATI: We are not yet sure about what kind of explosives were used in the blast. Bomb disposal experts are conducting investigations.
PRADIP CHANDRA SALOI, Guwahati police commissioner
A low-intensity blast rocked Assam’s capital Guwahati on Saturday morning, injuring four people.
Banned outfit United Liberation Front of Assam-Independent (ULFA-I) claimed responsibility for the explosion, which took place ahead of Durga Puja celebrations.
According to police, the blast occurred at around 11:45am near the Sukreswar Temple, close to the Brahmaputra riverbank, in the city’s Panbazar area that also houses the high court building and deputy commissioner’s office.
“We are not yet sure about what kind of explosives were used in the blast. Bomb disposal experts are conducting investigations. We are probing all possible leads,” said Guwahati police commissioner Pradip Chandra Saloi.
The explosion took place at a construction material dump, police officials familiar with the matter said, adding that the injured have been admitted to a nearby hospital.
After the blast, ULFA-I commander-in-chief Paresh Baruah called up a few local TV channels and claimed responsibility for the explosion.
“This explosion was directed against those opposing NRC update and against those organisations supporting settling of Hindu Bangladeshis in Assam. This explosion is to warn the anti-Assam forces,” said Barua.
Chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal condemned the blast, tweeting: “I strongly condemn the untoward incident. We are ensuring all injured are duly taken care of.”
(WITH AGENCY INPUTS)
Police personnel inspect a bomb blast site in Guwahati on Saturday. At least four people were injured in the bombing.