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Powerful explosives targeting Guwahati airport recovered: Police

india Updated: Aug 13, 2016 22:07 IST

Smoke rises from the site of a militant attack at Balajan Tinali in the Kokrajhar district of northeastern Assam on August 5.(AFP File Photo)

Powerful explosives meant for an attack on the LGB International Airport and other important areas of the city have been recovered, police said on Saturday.

Two extremists on a motorcycle threw a box they were carrying and fled after seeing a joint police and CRPF check point on Friday night near the Lokopriya Gopinath Bordoloi Airport, police officials said.

A powerful bomb and three grenades were found in the box.

A bomb disposal squad safely defused the explosives, police said.

Assam has witnessed intensified militant violence in the past week with the latest incident on Friday, when ULFA-Independent militants shot dead two and injured six people in indiscriminate firing at Philobari Bahbon village in Assam’s Tinsukia district.

In the same area on Thursday, the militant outfit had exploded an improvised explosive device (IED) in a drain on the Philobari bypass road near Badalbheta Tea Estate. No one was injured in the blast.

In another incident, on August 5, 14 people were killed and over 20 injured in an attack by heavily-armed NDFB(S) insurgents at Balajan in Kokrajhar district.

Security measures have been tightened in the state to prevent recurrence of such incidents, with the police and paramilitary forces intensifying security measures, state parliamentary affairs minister Chandra Mohan Patowary said in the assembly on Saturday.

The state government has decided to give Rs 5 lakh compensation to the next of kin of the deceased and Rs 1 lakh to the injured, Patowary added.