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Friday, June 17, 2011

Explosive found and defused, 1000 train passengers saved in Assam

A train carrying around 1,000 passengers had a miraculous escape Friday (17-June-2011) with security forces detecting a powerful bomb found inside the train at the Guwahati railway station in Assam, police said.

After the arrival of Kanchenjunga Express at the Guwahati railway station, 4 kg of explosive and detonators were recovered by police during routine search.

According to reports, the explosive device was recovered from an air bag from seat number 22 of S5 coach at around 5.30 a.m.

The Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was recovered at around 5.30 am. Then, the police called in the bomb squad which defused the explosive device.

They said after the bomb was found, all 1100 passengers inside the train were deboarded. “The train was checked thoroughly,” the sources said.

Preliminary investigations revealed the bag containing the bomb could have been left inside the coach sometime during the night in the Assam sector.

"We don't know who could be behind the act, but definitely some militant group from Assam who are opposed to the peace talks might have been behind this," a senior police officer said.

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