At least 14 civilians were killed and 15 injured when terrorists opened fire at a crowded market at Balajan Tinali in Assam’s Kokrajhar district.
According to the police, the group of militants came in a car and swooped down on Balajan Tiniali market. They opened fire and killed 14. The security forces have killed a terrorist after an intense gun battle that lasted about 20 minutes. The force recovered an AK-47 from the terrorist. Apart from opening fire on the market, the terrorists also lobbed a grenade that ravaged three shops.
The attack was carried out by the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (Songbijit), or NDFB (S), Assam DGP Mukesh Sahay has said.
ANI reported, Assam Chief Minister Sarabananda Sonowal has spoken with Prime Minister Narendra Modi after the incident.
He also directed Education, Finance and Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma to rush to the spot and review the situation.
Mr. Sarma said that, “Two of the extremists have been neutralized and police is looking out for another six but at this stage these are my specific assessments as I am yet to talk to the SP.”
“I think details are still coming in so we have to wait for some time to find out the confirmed number of killings and the number of extremists neutralized by security forces. Bodoland territorial council chief Hagrama Mohillary has said that 12 persons are on the list of those killed. This is his version,” the Minister said.
"We suspect there were at least three militants and one of them have been killed. Army is searching the area for the other militants," Defence PRO Lt Col S Newton said.
Times of India reported, A survivor, Santosh Narzary, a trader at the market, said that, "I saw one gunman dressed in black raincoat-like gown and another two were sitting in an autorickshaw. He wasn't firing indiscriminately but targeting people and taking one shot at a time."