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5 Killed, Dozens Injured in Bomb Blasts in North India - 2004-08-26


Suspected separatist militants in the northeastern Indian state of Assam have killed five people and wounded more than 40 in two separate bomb attacks.

Police say the first bomb ripped through a bus early today (Thursday) as it stopped in the town of Gossaigaon to drop off passengers, killing two people and injuring at least 33 others. Witnesses say the explosive device was hidden in an unclaimed piece of luggage.

Hours later, a second bomb exploded on a bus carrying paramilitary troops and their families in the town of Paikan. A six-year-old girl was among the dead.

Police say they suspect militants for the United Liberation Front of Asom were responsible for the attack. The group has been fighting for an independent homeland in Assam since 1979.

Information for this report is provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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