Six killed in market bombing in India's Assam state
At least six people were killed and 35 injured when a powerful bomb blast ripped through a crowded market in India's north-eastern Assam state on Sunday, the dpa reported.
A police spokesman told the IANS news agency that the blast took place at a weekly bazaar in the Kumarikata village, about 70 kilometres west of the state capital Guwahati.
"The market was teeming with people when the explosion took place, killing six people on the spot and wounding about 35 more," the official told IANS. Three women were among those killed.
"The condition of at least 15 of them is stated to be critical," he said, adding that two policemen were also injured in the bombing.
The wounded, most of whom were either shoppers or vendors at the market, were admitted at a nearby hospital.
Another bomb was also recovered from the market place, official sources told news outlets adding that the area had been cordoned off for investigations.
The police suspect the banned United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) to be behind the attack.
The blast was the second in two days - on Saturday 10 people were injured in a blast at a market in eastern Nagaon town.
The violence continues even as several rebel commanders of the ULFA's 28th battalion declared a unilateral ceasefire with Indian government amid differences with the outfits' leadership.
The ULFA which blames New Delhi for neglecting the development of Assam while exploiting its resources, including oil, has been fighting for an independent homeland for Assamese people since 1979.
More than 10,000 people have been killed in the violent separatist movement in the state during the past two decades.