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Two killed,17 injured in Bengal bomb blast

Two persons were killed and 17 others injured when a powerful bomb strapped to a cycle exploded at a busy marketplace in Alipurduar.

Written by Agencies | Jalpaiguri (wb) | Published: March 18, 2009 3:48:31 pm

Two persons were killed and 17 others injured when a powerful bomb strapped to a cycle exploded at a busy marketplace in north Bengal’s Alipurduar town on Wednesday.

The cycle-bomb,more familiar in Assam,exploded with a deafening sound at a super market complex at busy Chowpathy in the central part of the town,the Jalpaiguri SP,Ananth Kumar,said.

The bomb was a powerful one,though its exact nature was being ascertained,IG,north Bengal,K L Tamta said.

Asked if it could be the handiwork of the ULFA,he said,”Why should ULFA insurgents come here? Two years ago there was a similar cycle-bomb explosion at Barobisa in the Alipurduar sub-division.”

Tamta said the whole area had been cordoned off and the injured had been admitted to a Alipurduar sub-divisional hospital.

One of the two persons killed has been identified as Sujit Das,27,Tamta said.

Extremists of Kamtapur Liberation Organisation and ULFA are active in the area.

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