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One dead, eight injured in Assam blasts

At least one person was killed and eight people were wounded in a string of explosions triggered by separatists on Tuesday in Assam.

india Updated: Jan 24, 2006 23:05 IST

At least one person was killed and eight people were wounded in a string of explosions triggered by separatists on Tuesday in Assam.

Suspected rebels of the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) hurled a grenade at a crowded intersection in Guwahati at 7.15 pm.

"One person died and five more were seriously injured in the grenade attack. All the victims were shoppers," a senior police officer said.

This was the fifth explosion to rock Guwahati since Friday. Rebels in Assam have stepped up violence since last week in the run up to Republic Day celebrations, targeting oil pipelines and power installations.

So far, the attacks have left three people dead and 31 wounded.

Earlier on Tuesday, rebels blew up a power transformer at Dimow town in eastern Assam's Sivasagar district. Three policemen were critically wounded in the blast.

"There was a sack lying near the power transformer. A few policemen tried to see what was inside the bag when the explosion occurred," a police officer said on telephone from Sivasagar.

"The transformer was severely damaged, resulting in a power breakdown in the area," the officer said.

In yet another attack, rebels lobbed a grenade near a police station on the outskirts of Guwahati though there were no casualties as it missed the target.

"There have been some 15 blasts since Friday, mostly targeting gas and oil installations, besides power facilities," Assam's Inspector General of Police Dilip Bora said.

The rebels have blown up at least five gas pipelines and four power installations. The pipelines belong to state-owned gas company, which supplies natural gas to domestic and industrial consumers, besides power plants in the region.

The pipeline blasts severely hit operations of Oil India Limited (OIL).

ULFA, which has so far not claimed responsibility for the attacks, and five other groups have called a 17-hour general strike from 1 am on Thursday to protest celebrations marking Republic Day.