At least 23 people were injured, six of them seriously, as a series of ULFA-triggered bomb blasts ripped apart two commercial centres in Assam even as a powerful IED and another bomb were recovered and defused. <b1>
A bomb kept under a truck exploded at Barua Market of Fancy Bazar in Guwahati, the main commercial hub of the northeastern region, at around 1:30 pm, police said.
The site of the blast was where goods are loaded and unloaded from trucks for despatch to different markets of the region.
Four persons received minor injuries due to the blast. The second attack took place half an hour later at GNB Road of Tinsukia town in upper Assam in which 19 people were injured, six of them seriously.
The area was immediately cordoned off and the injured rushed to a hospital. A 2.5 kg bomb was recovered by the army from near the spot later by the army.
On the other hand, the army recovered the IED, weighing 12 kg, from Tangini village of Darrang district. Both the IED and the bomb were defused, police said.
Sources said the ULFA has stepped up its subversive activities in the run-up to its foundation day on April 7.