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Assam attack: DGP hints at NDFB(S) hand in Kokrajhar firing

Several others who sustained injuries in the attack, that occurred at around 12:30 pm, have been shifted to hospitals nearby.

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Assam DGP, Mukesh Sahay, said there were enough indications that the NDFB(S) was behind the incident. (Source: ANI photo)

At least 12 persons have been killed, a few of them women, when unidentified gunmen fired bullets indiscriminately in a weekly village market at Balajan Tiniali, about 12 kms north of Kokrajhar town on Friday. Several others who sustained injuries in the attack, that occurred at around 12:30 pm, have been shifted to hospitals nearby. One of the militants was also killed, with police recovering one AK-56 rifle from his possession.

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Assam DGP, Mukesh Sahay, said there were enough indications that the NDFB(S) was behind the incident. “Going by the fact that one militant has been gunned down by the police and an AK-56 weapon and a grenade were recovered from him, it looks like an NDFB(S) attack. But then it will be too premature to come to a conclusion at this stage,” Sahay, who is on his way to Kokrajhar told The Indian Express over the telephone.

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Bodoland Territorial Council chief Hagrama Mohilary on the other hand said the death figure would go up because the condition of several persons who were shifted to hospitals was critical. Though the names of those killed have not yet been ascertained, the victims were from different communities, he said in Kokrajhar.

“We will be able to ascertain the identity of the miscreants within a couple of hours,” Mohilary said.

The biggest incident of violence since the December 2014 attack on Adivasis in Sonitpur, Kokrajhar and Chirang districts by NDFB(S) militants, Friday’s attack took place even as the Assam Police had beefed up security in the run-up to Independence Day. The unidentified militants, who had apparently reached the market in Balajan Tiniali in a tempo, also lobbed a grenade which led to some stalls catching fire.

DGP Sahay and health and education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma have rushed to Kokrajhar to take stock of the situation. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, while condemning the incident has described it as a cowardly act.

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