14 killed as militants attack market in Kokrajhar [Security]
At least 14 people, including 1 militant were killed, and over 20 injured when suspected Bodo militants attacked Tiniali market of Kokrajhar district in Assam.
This was the first major insurgency-related strike in State after BJP took over the reins of Dispur following a massive win in Assembly election in May this year.
The Kokrajhar district is a Bodo-dominated area and has been a centre of ethnic conflicts for a long time.
The mastermind behind the attack is suspected to be the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) led by I.K. Songbijit.
Intelligence agencies reckon that the attack may be in retaliation to the killing of a leader of the faction last month.
A joint operation was launched by the Army and the police along the Assam- Bhutam border to nab the key leaders of the faction. The attack may have been an attempt to divert the attention of security forces from the operation.