2009 Guwahati bombings
|2009 Guwahati serial blasts|
|Location||Guwahati, Assam, India|
|Date||1 January 2009 (+ 5:30)|
The bombing was carried put by the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), and left 6 people dead and a further 67 injured.
Police confirmed that first blast took place near Lokopriya Gopinath Bordoloi TB Hospital at Birubari at 2.35pm, injuring five people, including a 10-year-old child. Another blast at the busy Bhootnath market near the famous Kamakhya Temple, killed two people instaneously and injured at least 25 others. Police said that a bomb was placed on a bicycle. Incidentally, P Chidambaram was to pass Bhootnath on his way from the airport.
The third blast occurred outside a Big Bazaar retail outlet at Bhangagarh, a commercial area near Guwahati Medical College (GMCH), at 5.45 pm. Bhangagarh is one of the poshest areas in Guwahati and is home to many shopping malls. Three of the 34 people injured in the blast succumbed to their injuries in hospital. Police suspected that the bomb was kept inside a pan shop in the area. Another person died in the hospital making the death toll 6.
All three blasts were low intensity, carried using Improvised explosive devices (IED). Police say that the a biker placed the first bomb in a dustbin, the second one was placed on a cycle and third on the roadside. The second blast was the most powerful one. The third blast ignited a fire due to its proximity to a kerosene source.
The United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) is suspected of having carried out the bombings. Some army officials suspected the hand of Bangladesh-based fundamentalist groups, who could have slipped in Assam and other northeastern states fearing action by the newly elected government of Sheikh Hasina Wajed.
- Death toll in Guwahati serial bombings rises to six
- Times of India
- Economic Times
- "5 killed, 51 injured in Guwahati bomb blasts". CNN IBN (IBNLive.com India). 2009-01-01. Retrieved 2009-01-01.