Prime Minister Narendra Modi today strongly condemned the terror attack in Kokrajhar and said the Home Ministry is in touch with the Assam government.
“Saddened by the attack in Kokrajhar. We strongly condemn it. Thoughts & prayers with the bereaved families & those injured,” he tweeted. “The Home Ministry is in touch with the Assam Government & is monitoring the situation closely,” Modi added.
Suspected NDFB(S) militants attacked a crowded market place in Kokrajhar district, killing at least 14 people and leaving more than 20 others injured. One of the attackers was killed in retaliatory action by security forces.
Assam Director General of Police Mukesh Sahay said 12 people died on the spot when the militants who came in a van around 12.30 pm opened fire. Two more people died on their way to the hospital, another police official said. Earlier, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal who was here in Delhi met the Prime Minister. Sonowal condemned the attacked and said, “Our Govt is committed to protection of people of Assam, have directed senior officials to rush to the spot. I am now rushing towards Assam.”
The chief minister announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh to the next of kin of those dead and Rs 1 lakh for the injured.