Bomb hurled at marketplace in Meghalaya, 7 injured

At least seven persons were injured when some unidentified persons hurled a bomb in the busy main market in Tura in Meghalaya this evening, creating panic among puja shoppers.

Last Updated: Oct 10, 2010, 00:02 AM IST

Shillong: At least seven persons were
injured when some unidentified persons hurled a bomb in the
busy main market in Tura in Meghalaya this evening, creating
panic among puja shoppers.

The bomb, stuffed with splinters, was hurled at a
bakery in the marketplace in West Garo Hills district from an
auto rickshaw around 6.30 pm, police said.

Four of the injured were admitted to hospital, where
the condition of one of them, Arun Rai, was stated to be
critical. He would be referred to Guwahati. Three others were
released after first aid.

Besides Rai, the three others hospitalised were
Monirul Islam, Partish Sangma and Pasha Ali.

No militant group has claimed responsibility for the
blast.

"It is too early to say who is behind the explosion...
The hand of militants is also not ruled out," ADG (special
branch) S K Jain told PTI.

He said prima facie it did not appear that the bakery
was the target as the bomb was hurled on the street with one
of those injured being on a two-wheeler.

The Garo hills is used as a corridor by ULFA militants
from Bangladesh to Assam from Bangladesh.

A nascent militant outfit Garo National Liberation
Army also has presence in the area. This type of bomb was used
by smaller militants like Liberation Achik Elite Force, police
said.

PTI