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Assam Bomb Blast 2008 Photos, India
October 30, 2008 is considered to be the darkest day in recent history of the northeastern Indian province of Assam. On this day, just after the Diwali festival, 18 synchronised bomb blasts shook the towns of Guwahati, Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon and Barpeta, killing more than 77 people and injuring at least 470. Bombs in Guwahati targeted Ganeshguri, Pan Bazar and Fancy Bazar – all popular shopping markets attended by many people. Three bomb blasts ripped through the town of Kokrajhar, with one more reported grenade explosion, two in Bongaigaon and one in Barpeta.
One of the bombs, planted in a car exploded mere 100 meters from an office residence of Ganeshguri’s Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi.
Most victims – 41 died in an explosion in Guwahati, 21 died in Kokrajhar, and 15 in Barpeta. Seven additional people died over the first night following the attacks, with four more succumbing to injuries on November 2, 2008 – three at Gauhati Medical College Hospital and one at the Basistha Army Hospital.
Following the attacks, a hoax was spread by the TV stations that the attacks were perpetrated by an unknown group of Jihadists known as the Islamic Security Force – Indian Mujahedeen but this was soon debunked. Later claims that the attacks were the responsibility of the HuJI group were also proven false as were the claims that it was the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB).
Thorough investigation by Indian authorities eventually concluded that the masterminds behind the 2008 Assam bomb blasts were a fraction of an Assam separatist group ULFA – United Liberation Front of Assam. This fraction did not agree to the elite ULFA fighters’ ceasefire and planned out and executed the bombings.
Similar boms blast attack took place in Assam in 2007. Some of the photos in the gallery are form the 2007 bombings. Many thanks to drccoco for the pics: