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Assam cops fear attack by female bombers

Security has been beefed up in Guwahati after the police received tip-offs that female bombers of two major militant outfits have entered the city to trigger explosions ahead of the Independence Day. Digambar Patowary reports.

india Updated: Aug 14, 2009 01:27 IST
Digambar Patowary

Security has been beefed up in Guwahati after the police received tip-offs that female bombers of two major militant outfits have entered the city to trigger explosions ahead of the Independence Day.

Additional superintendent of police Debajit Deuri said the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) and the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) were desperately trying to trigger blasts to make their presence felt.

“Since both the ULFA and the NDFB lost their male cadres in the recent past, they may change their tactics,” Deuri said, adding that using female cadres might be part of the new strategy.

Earlier, the ULFA, NDMF and three other militant outfits of the northeast — Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (KLO), Manipur Peoples’ Liberation Front (MPLF) and the Tripura People’s Democratic Front (TPDF) — called for a strike on August 15.

Last week, a female ULFA militant, Nikita revealed the ULFA’s modus operandi in Guwahati, including details about extortion, hideouts and routes used by the militants.

Deuri said the security forces killed 65 NDFB militants during the last three months alone.