A powerful bomb explosion ripped through a crowded marketplace in Assam town on Thursday, leaving four dead and 17 others wounded, six of them critically.
A police spokesman said that the blast occurred at a daily market at Missamari town in Sonitpur district, located nearly 220 km north of Guwahati.
“The market was teeming with people when the bomb went off, leading to utter panic and chaos in the area,” district police chief Jitmol Doley said.
According to police and witnesses, four people were killed on the spot and around 17 injured.
“The condition of at least six of the injured is stated to be critical with their limbs separated from the body and stomachs ripped apart,” Abhir Das, a businessman in the area, said.
It should be noted that the blast site is situated near a police station and an army base camp.
“The injured were shifted to local hospitals,” Doley, the police chief, said.
For the explosion, police is holding the outlawed National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) responsible.
“We strongly suspect the hand of NDFB in the blast as the area is a stronghold of the outfit and there were reports of militants serving extortion notices to the local people during the past few days,” an intelligence official said.
The NDFB is a rebel group fighting for an independent homeland for the Bodo tribe in Assam.
The NDFB is blamed for the October 30 serial explosions in 2008 that killed about 100 people and injured more than 400.