Seven low intensity blasts rocked northeastern states of Assam and Manipur as the country celebrated the 70th Independence Day on Monday. No casualties have been reported so far.
Five of the blasts were in Assam, including four in Tinsukia district and one in the Sivasagar area. Two blasts were reported in Imphal West district of Manipur
Militants of the United Liberation Front of Asom-Independent (ULFA-I) are believed to be behind the blasts in Tinsukia district.
The first bomb, an improvised explosive device, exploded near Indira Gandhi School on the outskirts of the district headquarters of Tinsukia at 7:15 a.m., the Press Trust of India quoted the police as saying.
The second and the third blasts were at Badlabhata tea estate in Doomdooma area and Masuwa respectively, the police added.
The fourth bomb exploded at Gamtumati in Philobari. Earlier on Aug. 12, firing by ULFA-I militants had claimed the lives of two people and injured six others in Bahbon village in the same area.
The Independence Day celebrations in Manipur seem to have gone without disruption despite the twin blasts in Imphal West on Monday.
Several explosions were also reported in the state earlier this month. A blast meant to target a Border Security Force (BSF) camp in Moirang Purel village near Imphal had injured a seven-year-old child last week.