14 civilians killed after militants open fire in Assam’s Kokrajhar

This is the first major attack after BJP came into power in the state
Kokrajhar Attack

At least 14 civilians have been killed when unidentified gunmen opened fire at a busy market near Kokrajhar in Assam on Friday.

This is the first major attack since BJP came into power in the state.

The militants hurled grenades and gun down civilians at Balazan Market, which is situated around 10 kilometres from Kokrahajar town.

Media reported that after killing the civilians the militants disappeared into the forests.

No organisations has claimed responsibility for the attack, but, media reports suggests that the attack was carried out by members of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB).

Following the attack, army and paramilitary forces have rushed to the spot and started a massive operation to hunt down the attackers.

Assam Police chief Mukesh Sahay told IANS that security forces shot dead one of the attackers. He suspected the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (Songbijit) for the attack.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh said he spoke on the telephone to Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and added that the central government was closely monitoring the situation.

In his first reaction after the daring attack , Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has  vowed to take “strict action” against the terrorists who gunned down 14 people at a busy market in Kokrajhar town.  “I extend my condolences to the families of the victims. We will take strict against the perpetrators,” Sonowal said.

(With IANS inputs)