29 Nov 2006 Source: Reuters
GUWAHATI, India, Nov 29 (Reuters) – One Indian soldier was killed and six others, including an officer, wounded on Wednesday when their jeep hit a bomb planted by suspected separatist rebels in Assam state, police said.
The blast occurred at a remote village, 575 km (360 miles) east of Assam's capital, Dispur.
Police said the attack was likely to be the work of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), which has been fighting for independence of the northeastern state from India since 1979.
More than 20,000 people have died in the revolt fuelled by Assamese grievances that New Delhi exploits the state's resources without developing it properly.
ULFA rebels have stepped up attacks in recent weeks after the guerrillas and New Delhi called off peace talks in September following the ending of a truce by the government.
The group was blamed for a bomb attack in a crowded railway station in Guwahati, Assam's biggest city, last week that killed four people, including a 6-year-old girl.