Assam Police Prevent Major Explosion: Powerful IED Found on Passenger Train

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Assam police on Monday foiled a major explosion ahead of PM Narendra Modi’s visit to the state, recovering a powerful IED weighing seven kilograms from a compartment of a passenger train in Kamrup district.

Input from NIA and intelligence, Assam police located the powerful IED in a compartment of UP Alipurduar-Kamakhya Intercity Express at Kendukuna railway station in the Lower Assam district.

“Suspected militants had planted the IED in the passenger train targeting more than 1500 passengers,” a top police official said.

“The troops had launched operation in the train at Kendukuna railway station and recovered the bomb from a compartment,” the police official said.

Later, the Army bomb squad team defused the IED.

On November 23, two people were killed and 27 others injured in a powerful explosion in the Rajgarh area in Upper Assam’s Dibrugarh district.

Assam police had sounded high alert across the state for probable terror attacks.

Hemanta Kumar Nath is a correspondent in Assam, India, who reports on local news in Assam, the north east Indian state.