At least 13 people were killed in a terror strike in India’ s northeastern province of Assam on Friday. Over a dozen others were also injured.
According to police sources, heavily armed militants opened gunfire in a marketplace, and one militant has been killed while the combing operations have been launched to nab two other terrorists suspected hiding in nearby buildings.
The entire area has been cordoned off by the police and army personnel.
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH): SARVANAND SONOWAL, Chief minister of Assam
“Our government is committed to ensure the protection of right and property of the people of Assam. And that’ s why we have immediately directed DG (Director General) and senior police officers to rush to the spot. And they have already started and also our senior minister Dr Himanta Biswasarma is also moving to the spot with a troupe. Our government is committed to take stern action against those extremists outfits to ensure the protection of the civilians.”
No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.
But police suspect rebels of National Democratic Front of Bodoland or NDFB are involved in the attack.
The NDFB has been demanding an independent homeland for Bodo ethnic tribes of Assam.