At least 12 civilians have been killed in a terror attack by a group of heavily armed militants, one of whom was killed during a gun battle with security forces.
Kokrajhar: Twelve civilians and an ultra were killed today and several others injured when a group of heavily armed militants opened fire in a crowded market place in Assam’s Kokrajhar district.
Police said the group of militants came in a car and swooped down on Balajan Tiniali market this afternoon. They opened fire and killed 12.
Security forces patrolling the area retaliated and one militant was killed, the police said.
The police have so far recovered 13 bodies and search operations are continuing in the area as the militants are suspected to be hiding in nearby buildings. The entire area has been cordoned off by the police and security personnel.
The the injured, many of them critical, are being moved to nearby hospitals. The number of injured is, however, yet to be ascertained.
Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal has condemned the killings and has directed the authorities to provide medical aid to the injured. He also directed the finance, education and health minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma, to rush to the spot and review the situation.
Sarma said, “Two of the extremists have been neutralised 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 neutralised by security forces. Bodoland Territorial Council chief Hagrama Mohilary has said that 12 persons are on the list of those killed. This is his version,” the minister said.