Bodo bomb blast targets Bhutan travellers

GUWAHATI: About 50 passengers, mostly Bhutanese nationals, had a miraculous escape when a powerful bomb planted inside the bus they were travelling in exploded at Borobisa near the Assam-West Bengal border on Sunday.

Most of the passengers had alighted from the bus, which was parked in front of a restaurant, when the blast occurred.

However, eight persons, including some passengers who were inside the bus and a few pedestrians outside, were injured.

The injured have been admitted to Kamakhyaguri and Alipurduar hospitals in West Bengal. The bus was travelling from Gelephu to Phuntsholling, both in Bhutan, through Chirang district in Assam’s east and Jalpaiguri district in West Bengal. People of Bhutan have to take the national highway through Assam and West Bengal while travelling from one place to another on its southern part, which borders India.

The bus, which departed from Gelephu at about 12:30pm stopped at a restaurant at Borobisa just after crossing Kokrajhar and entering West Bengal at about 2:30pm when the blast occurred.

“The bus had stopped at Dadgiri after leaving Gelephu and entering Assam. We suspect the bomb might have been placed in the bus there,” a police source said. No one has claimed responsibility for the blast but till the time of filing of this report.

Police suspect that the Songbijit faction of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) was behind it. Bhutanese nationals in the past have fallen victims to Indian militant groups while travelling through the state from one place to another in Bhutan. The state police had earlier provided security to Bhutanese vehicles travelling through the state.

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