Several apparently coordinated bomb attacks in India’s northeastern state of Assam killed at least 67 people and wounded 210 Thursday, according to The New York Times. Thus far, no parties have taken responsibility for the attacks, which targeted heavily trafficked areas and government buildings in four towns in Assam.
The New York Times:
For many years, Assam state has been riven by a separatist insurgency led by the United Liberation Front of Assam, which demands independence for the region of some 26 million people and is often blamed by the authorities for bombings. Last month, ethnic clashes left 57 people dead in the area when indigenous Bodos fought with Bengali-speaking Muslims.
According to witnesses and the police, at least nine blasts rocked the four towns attacked on Thursday, including three in the state capital, Guwahati. One of the bombs there had been left in the parking lot of the district court.
“I saw six or seven people fully burned lying on the ground,” said Jeet Hazarika, a 32-year-old lawyer in Guwahati, who spoke in a telephone interview. “It is a very black day for us.”