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3 die in Diphu train blast

(L) A security person inspects a damaged coach after a blast, triggered by KLNLF militants, in the Lumding-Tinisukia passenger train at Diphu in Assam on Tuesday. (R) Blood and tattered clothes lie inside a coach after the blast. (EP)
DIPHU (ASSAM), DEC 2 (Agencies):
Published on 3 Dec. 2008 1:54 AM IST
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Five persons were on Tuesday killed and 34 injured as militants exploded a bomb in a train and followed it up with gunning down of a Hindi-speaking couple in the central Assam district of Karbi Anglong. Suspected cadres of the banned Karbi Longri NC Hills Liberation Front (KLNLF) exploded a timed device inside a general compartment of the Tinsukia-Lumding Passenger train as it approached Diphu station around 8 am killing two passengers, including a child, and injuring 35 others, officials said. The two passengers who died on the spot were identified as Kamal Singh Teron (26) and Raj Debnath (7). A woman passenger, Namita Debnath (25), succumbed to her injuries in Diphu Civil Hospital, where the injured were admitted. Two others, whose condition was stated to be serious, were shifted to the Army Hospital at Dimapur in neighbouring Nagaland, they said. Militants later shot dead Hindi-speaking couple Raju Sahu and his wife and injured their child at Dalamara. The militants fled after the incident causing panic in the remote village of the hill district, sources said. KLNLF ultras, enforcing an ‘indefinite economic blockade’ had on earlier occasions targeted Hindi-speaking people of the district. This is the second major attack in Assam after the October 30 serial blasts, which left 87 people dead. Diphu correspondent adds: The PTD explosive was detonated two minutes after the train entered the Diphu Railway Station. Additional Divisional Railway Manager (ADRM) of Lumding Division, SS Narayanan said that the railways did not receive any inputs from the state government’s security agency regarding threat from the ultras. He said the trains between Lumding and Dibrughar would run as per schedule but added that an escort engine would run ahead of the passenger train with supplementary protection. “The bomb was kept at the upper berth inside the coach of the train. A timer device was recovered from the blast spot”, said Krishna Kanta Sarma, SP of Karbi Anglong. A tribal militant group Tuesday claimed responsibility for the train bombing in Assam that killed three people and wounded 30 more, besides the gunning down of two Hindi-speakers. “We have carried out the explosion at the train and also the killing of two Hindi speaking people as a mark of protest against the apathetic attitude of the state government,” R. Teron, general secretary of the outlawed Karbi Longri National Liberation Front (KLNLF), told local journalists over telephone. The blast went off inside a carriage of an Inter City passenger train at Diphu railway station, about 300 km east of Assam’s main city of Guwahati. The train was bound for Tinsukia in eastern Assam from Guwahati. “The train was parked at the Diphu station when a powerful explosion went off inside one of the crowded coaches,” a railway official said by telephone. “The explosion ripped apart the carriage with people tossed in the air,” Vishal Kumar, a witness who was at the railway station waiting to board another train to Guwahati, said by telephone. “We shall carry out more such attacks as the government failed to respond to our peace overtures, besides paying no heed to our demands for development of the hill areas in the district,” the KLNLF leader said. The KLNLF is a rebel group fighting for an independent homeland for the majority Karbi tribe in the area. The group Tuesday launched an economic blockade in the region to pressurise the government to hold peace talks. Assam witnessed a deadly wave of bombings Oct 30 in which about 95 people were killed and 300 injured. (With inputs from IANS & PTI)

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