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Three blasts in Assam, bomber dies

A suspected ULFA militant was killed in Assam while trying to plant explosives as rebels triggered 2 more blasts.

india Updated: Oct 17, 2006 05:51 IST

A suspected ULFA militant was killed on Monday in Assam while trying to plant explosives as rebels triggered two more blasts that also caused no casualties, officials said.

A police spokesman said an unidentified militant belonging to the United Liberation Front of Asom separatist force died when an improvised explosive device he was carrying blew up in Bongaigaon, west of Assam's main city of Guwahati.

There were two powerful blasts late on Monday in Guwahati city but there were no casualties or damage, the spokesman said.

At least 30 rebel armies operate in India's northeast — which includes the oil, tea and timber-rich state of Assam — with demands ranging from greater autonomy to secession.