Developing Story: 18 Civilians killed in a Terror Attack in Assam’s Kokrajhar District
In a sensational attack, at least 18 civilians were killed in a terror attack in Assam’s Kokrajhar district on Friday afternoon. Heavily armed militants opened fire in a crowded market place in Assam’s Kokrajhar district. An initial ground report suggests that at least 3 to 4 masked gunmen, dressed in black, indiscriminately began firing at the crowded market. Police alleged to have recovered an AK-47 assault rifle from a suspected gunman killed in the encounter. One militant was killed during the gun battle with security forces. Atleast 20 people have been injured, many of them are critically injuried.The victims mostly belonged to local Bodo community.
The carnage happened at a busy crowded market Balajan Tiniali in Kokrajhar town which is about four kilometres from Bodoland University and three-kilometre from the Central Institute of Technology. The place is about 220 km west of Guwahati. Kokrajhar is the capital of Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC).
Security forces, however, were unable to capture any of the other assailants. The locals suspect that some sinister designs are being made to incite violence in the region once again. As of now, the security officials have declined to make any conclusive remark regarding the perpetrators or militant group involved in today’s carnage. Combing operations are underway to secure the area.
Police said the group of militants came in a car and swooped down on Balajan Tiniali market on Friday afternoon. They opened fire and killed 18. The injured are being shifted to nearby hospitals.
Meanwhile Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has condemned the killings and directed the authorities to provide medical aid to the injured.