At least 13 people were killed and many others injured after terrorists wearing army uniforms opened fire at a crowded market in Kokrajhar, Assam. According to news sources, the police have blamed militants from National Democratic Front of Bodoland, fighting for a separate Bodo homeland for the attack.
At least 13 people were killed and many others injured after terrorists wearing army uniforms opened fire at a crowded market in Kokrajhar, Assam. According to news sources, the police have blamed militants from National Democratic Front of Bodoland, fighting for a separate Bodo homeland for the attack. EPA - STR

12 killed as uniformed gunmen open fire in India

ATTACKERS wearing military uniforms have shot dead at least 12 people and wounded 15 in a busy market area in a town in India's restive northeastern state of Assam, an attack blamed by authorities on a regional separatist group.

The gunmen fired indiscriminately and threw hand grenades at the crowded weekly market in Kokrajhar, a town 220 km by road west of the state's commercial capital Guwahati, eyewitnesses said.

One assailant was killed and security forces were in pursuit of three or four others hiding in a nearby forest, Assam police chief Mukesh Sahay told reporters.

Mr Sahay said police had recovered an AK-47 rifle and explosives from the dead gunman, as well as a three-wheeler van the assailants had arrived in.

He blamed the outlawed National Democratic Front of Bodoland (Songbijit) group, a militant outfit fighting for a separate homeland for the indigenous Bodo tribespeople.

Read more at ABC News Online


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