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One of the injured at the site of the blast on RG Baruah Road in Guwahati
One of the injured at the site of the blast on RG Baruah Road in Guwahati|EastMojo image
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Assam: Grenade blast near Guwahati Central mall, 2 critically hurt

10, including child, injured in incident that took place near state zoo in Guwahati around 7.40 pm on Wednesday; ULFA(I)‘s role suspected; investigation underway

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People gather at the site of the grenade blast in Guwahati
People gather at the site of the grenade blast in Guwahati
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Guwahati: A grenade blast was reported from near the Guwahati Central shopping mall on the busy RG Baruah Road in Guwahati on Wednesday. The incident took place at a crowded location near the state zoo around 7.40 pm.

As per reports, 10 persons, including a child, have been injured in the blast; two of them are said to be critical. The injured have been shifted to the Gauhati Medical College & Hospital (GMCH) in Guwahati.

Meanwhile, banned rebel group ULFA(I) has claimed responsibility for the attack, said reports.

Later, Guwahati police commissioner Deepak Kumar confirmed that it was a grenade blast and police personnel were targeted by the miscreants. The blast took place during regular police checking in the area, Kumar added.

Two SSB jawans were injured in the incident; they are receiving treatment at the GMCH, Kumar confirmed. Two others -- a father-daughter duo -- were shifted to Nemcare Hospital from GMCH due to the severity of their burn injuries.

Meanwhile, Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal has condemned the incident. He directed state DGP Kuladhar Saikia to immediately arrest the people involved in the incident. Saikia, meanwhile, reached the blast site to assess the situation.

Locals gather at the site of the grenade blast in Guwahati on Wednesday night
Locals gather at the site of the grenade blast in Guwahati on Wednesday night
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Meanwhile, high alert has been sounded in Guwahati following the blast. All entry and exit routes have been put under surveillance.

The site of the grenade blast in Guwahati
The site of the grenade blast in Guwahati
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Assam cabinet minister Siddhartha Bhattacharya, too, reached the blast site. “I saw police checking going on. Very unfortunate incident. As a crowded place, civilians have been targeted. We can’t pinpoint anyone unless we receive accurate information. Through this, the militant organisation wanted to prove their power, I believe,” he added.

Another state minister Pijush Hazarika commented: “I condemn the ones behind the attack. Innocent civilians shouldn’t be targeted. This incident shows that Assam is going backward. This is no way to show power. Free medical treatment with all modern medical facilities will be provided to the injured. Killings do not solve any problems.”

Assam minister Pijush Hazarika (right) with Kamrup (Metro) deputy commissioner Biswajit Pegu at GMCH in Guwahati on Wednesday night
Assam minister Pijush Hazarika (right) with Kamrup (Metro) deputy commissioner Biswajit Pegu at GMCH in Guwahati on Wednesday night
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