Five persons were killed and over 50 others injured in three blasts at Birubari, Bhootnath and Bhangagarh areas.Sources:
Police said the first blast took place near Lokopriya Gopinath Bordoloi TB Hospital at Birubari at 2.35 PM, injuring five people, including a 10-year-old child.
This was followed by another explosion at the busy Bhootnath market near the famed Kamakhya Temple. Two persons died and about 25 others were injured. Police said the militants had planted an IED on a bicycle.
The third blast, which was more devastating, was carried out at Bhangaghar, one of the poshest areas in Guwahati, at 5.45 PM. Dotted with shopping malls, the spot is located about 200m from the The Times of India office. Three of the 34 people injured in the blast died in hospital. Police suspect the bomb was kept inside a pan shop, whose owner suffered injuries.
In its mouthpiece, Freedom, Ulfa said on Thursday, "India wanted to dominate South Asia, ignoring the sovereignty of other countries in the region." It accused the Centre of "equally suppressing" the demand of sovereignty by the people of Assam, Nagaland, Tripura, Kashmir, Arunachal Pradesh and Kamtapur.
ULFA leader and prime accused in the city's New Year's Day serial blasts Pranjol Deka was on Thursday shot dead by police in Assam's Halikuchi village.
A day after the blasts, Assam Police had released Deka's photograph as the prime accused.
Deka alias Biju Sarania alias Bhambal was a hardcore member of the ULFA's 709 battalion and was killed with one of his accomplice along the border of Kamrup and Nalbari districts, police said.
Based on a tip-off, Nalbari police cordoned off the village where the 20-year-old Deka and others had taken shelter in a house.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
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Terrorist attack (multiple powerful 3 Bomb blasts) in Gauhati (misnomer: Guwahati) on 1/1/2009 at 1435 hrs