Sat Oct 28, 2006
GUWAHATI, India (Reuters) – A 14-year-old boy was killed and at least 10 people were wounded in twin explosions during Chat festival on Saturday in Guwahati, police said.
Two bombs exploded on the banks of the river Brahmaputra where hundreds of people had gathered to bathe and offer prayers on the occasion of Chat Puja, an annual festival dedicated to the worship of the sun.
Police said they suspected the bombs were planted by the separatist United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), rebels who say they are fighting for freedom for Assam's 26 million people.
"Right now we are evacuating injured people from here. But we suspect ULFA's hand behind it," a senior police officer told Reuters.
Two people were killed and five others were wounded late on Friday when an explosion tore through a crowded market place in Dhekiajuli town, 350 km north of Guwahati, police said.
India's northeast region — made up of seven states and home to more than 200 ethnic groups — has been racked by separatist violence since 1947.
Separatists accuse New Delhi of neglecting the region and plundering its rich natural resources.