Tragedy struck at a busy Indian market located in Kokrajhar town in the northeastern Assam state of the Asian country, when 14 people were killed and more than a dozen wounded during an attack.
An armed separatist group is being blamed for the attack which witnessed the killing of one of the assailants during a shootout with security forces who are now on the trail of four suspects believed to be hiding in a nearby forest.
Though no group has yet claimed responsibility, the attack is blamed on the outlawed National Democratic Front of Bodoland, an armed group that has fought for decades for a separate homeland for the indigenous Bodo tribespeople in Assam.
“This attack is intended to destabilise peace in Assam,” Himanta Biswa Sarma, the state’s finance and health minister, told the Reuters news agency.
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