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Six critically injured in Assam blast

At least six were critically injured on Thursday in a powerful bomb explosion at a crowded market in Assam.

india Updated: Sep 28, 2006 20:37 IST

At least six people, including two paramilitary troopers, were critically injured on Thursday in a powerful bomb explosion at a crowded market in Assam, officials said.

A police spokesman said terrorists suspected to be from the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) triggered an improvised explosive device at the main market in the oil township of Digboi, about 530 kms east of Guwahati. The incident took place about 7 pm.

"Four shoppers and two soldiers of the Central Reserve Police Force were wounded in the blast. The market was totally packed with people when the explosion took place," Tinsukia district magistrate Absar Hazarika said.

"The ULFA is behind the attack," he said.

The injured were shifted to a local hospital with multiple injuries.

This is the latest in stepped up attacks by the ULFA that led the Indian government to call off a six-week old ceasefire on Sunday and resume military operations against it.

The ULFA last weekend killed a policeman and a tea plantation manager in Tinsukia.

On Wednesday, a group of ULFA-appointed peace negotiators pulled out of the peace process, further dimming chances of direct talks between the rebels and Indian authorities.