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Seven injured in grenade attack outside Guwahati mall

Seven people including two security personnel were injured in a grenade attack outside a busy shopping mall in Guwahati on Wednesday evening, Assam police chief Kuladhar Saikia said.

According to the police the blast took place around 7:52 pm when a grenade lobbed by rebels of the suspected United Liberation Front of Assam (Independent) burst outside the mall located on Zoo Road area of the city.

“The grenade blast took place close to a security checkpoint. Six people including two security personnel from Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) posted at the checkpoint were injured,” Guwahati police commissioner Deepak Kumar told journalists soon after the blast.

“Since the blast took place near the checkpoint, it could be possible that the target could have been security personnel,” he added.

The injured have been rushed to the Guwahati Medical College Hospital where the condition of two, a father and daughter duo, are stated to be critical.

Reports in local news channels say that the banned ULFA-I has claimed responsibility for the blast though Hindustan Times couldn’t verify it.

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal condemned the incident and directed police personnel to take action to nab the culprits behind the blast.

The blast took place on a day when Sonowal reviewed Guwahati’s security following intelligence reports of possible terror attacks in the city.

First Published:
May 15, 2019 21:38 IST

Source: HindustanTimes