A bomb in a crowded market in India’s troubled north-east killed at least six people and wounded 26 today.
Police suspect the separatist United Liberation Front of Asom was behind the attack, the second in less than a week to hit Gauhati, the capital of Assam state.
A senior officer said the bomb was probably tied to a motorbike but that police were still investigating. He said police had recently received information that ULFA was planning a major attack in Gauhati.
The blast came a day before the 30th anniversary of the founding of the militant group, which has been linked to many acts of terrorism in Assam and usually stages attacks around its anniversary.
The United Liberation Front of Asom wants an independent state for ethnic Assamese and is the largest of the north-east’s dozens of militant groups.
The separatists accuse the government of exploiting the area’s natural resources while doing little for the indigenous people – most of whom are ethnically closer to Burma and China than to the rest of India.
More than 10,000 people have died in separatist violence over the past decade.
The March 31 blast in Gauhati left one dead and 13 wounded.