Assam: At least 10 wounded in grenade blast in Guwahati; ULFA owns up

Assam: At least 10 wounded in grenade blast in Guwahati; ULFA owns up

Police inspecting the blast area. (IANS Photo)

NEW DELHI, May 15 (Reuters): At least 10 people were wounded in a grenade explosion in Guwahati on Wednesday but no militant group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack, police said.

“It was a grenade blast probably targeted against security personnel conducting routine patrol in the area,” Deepak Kumar, police commissioner in the Assam capital Guwahati, told reporters.

The blast in a busy street in Guwahati occurred at about 8 p.m. and those injured included two police officers and eight civilians.

The grenade was lobbed by two people on a motorcycle, Kumar said.

Police said no group had claimed responsibility, but national public radio broadcaster All India Radio said a faction (Paresh Baruah)  of the banned separatist group United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA)  had claimed responsibility for the attack.

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal condemned the attacks, saying in a tweet he has directed the local authorities to immediately apprehend the culprits.