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India: Grenade blast leaves six wounded in Guwahati (Assam state) May 15

Grenade blast leaves six people wounded in Guwahati (Assam state) May 15; United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) group claims responsibility for attack

15 May 04:44 PM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 5/15/2019, 12:00 AM until 5/22/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kolkata). COUNTRY/REGION Guwahati (Assam state)

Event

Two unidentified assailants on a motorcycle reportedly threw a grenade in front of a shopping mall in the Zoo Road area of Guwahati (Assam state) around 20:00 (local time) on Wednesday, May 15, wounding at least six people. The United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) group has claimed responsibility for the blast. Security forces have cordoned off the affected area to traffic; a heightened security presence is to be expected in the area over the coming hours as investigations into the incident continue.

Similar attacks are possible in Assam state over the coming days and weeks.

Context

The United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) is an Assam separatist group that seeks the independence of the region from India through armed struggle.

Advice

Individuals in Assam state are advised to monitor developments to the situation, prepare for traffic disruptions in the affected area amid a heightened security presence, remain vigilant for militant activity, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.

 

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