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Assam terror attack: CM Sonowal to visit Kokrajhar today

india Updated: Aug 07, 2016 13:49 IST

Debris of burnt shops after the terror attack at Balijan Tanali market in Kokrajhar on Saturday. (PTI)

Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal will visit Kokrajhar on Sunday to take stock of the situation arising out of Friday’s terror attack which claimed 13 lives.

Sonowal on Saturday visited the Gauhati Medical College Hospital to meet the injured victims after returning from New Delhi on Friday evening.

Sonowal briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union home minister Rajnath Singh about the situation.

The CM, who was in Delhi when the attack took place, met the Prime Minister and apprised him about the incident at Balajan Tiniali market in Kokrajhar district and the steps taken to nab those involved in it.

Rajnath Singh assured full Central assistance to the state government.

Read: The killer kept chasing and shooting us: Kokrajhar survivors recall the horror

Sonowal cut short his visit to the national capital and returned to Assam on Friday evening after the terror attack and instructed state police to arrest those involved the in it.

He announced an ex-gratia amount of Rs 5 lakh to the families of the deceased, Rs 1 lakh to those seriously injured and free treatment to the other injured.

Meanwhile, the Assam police have arrested the driver of the auto used by militants to reach Balajan Tiniali market.

Additional DGP LR Bishnoi said that three to four militants carried out the Friday’s attack.

He said while one militant was gunned down by security forces, efforts are on to nab the remaining attackers.

He said three additional companies of Army arrived in Kokrajhar following the incident.

Read: Kokrajhar attack: Militants signal to new Assam govt that they can’t be ignored

Health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that preliminary investigations point towards the involvement of Songbijit faction of NDFB militants in the attack.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has sent a team to the site of the incident to collect evidence.

The Centre is closely monitoring the situation arising out of the Kokrajhar attack.