The Indian Army and the Assam police prevented a major attack by foiling Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (KLO) militants' attempt to blow up a railway track in Kokrajhar district.

Security forces neutralised the KLO militants while they were trying to plant a 7 kg improvised explosive device (IED) on the railway track.

A cache of arms and ammunition was recovered from the militants. Security forces seized a 7.65 mm pistol, its magazine, fired cases and live rounds, two handgrenades and a 7 kg IED with detonator.

KLO is a northeast militant organisation that aims to carve out a separate Kamtapur state comprising Cooch Behar, Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri, North and South Dinajpur, Malda districts of West Bengal; Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon, Dhubri and Goalpara in Assam; and Kishanganj and Jhapa in Bihar.

The incident comes just ahead of the Independence Day celebration this Saturday. India is already on a high alert for the 69th Independence Day.

A spate of terror attacks–one in Gurdaspur, Punjab and the other in Udhampur, Jammu and Kashmir–and the hanging of 1993 Mumbai blasts convict Yakub Memon on 30 July have prompted Indian intelligence agencies and government to issue massive security alert across the nation.