ASSAM, India, Aug. 5 (UPI) — A gunman opened fire on a crowded market in India’s northeastern Assam state Friday, killing at least 12 people and injuring 20, authorities said.
Security forces suspect the attack was carried out by the National Democratic Front of Bodoland, which have been fighting for a separate state for the region’s Bodo people. No group has claimed responsibility.
Attackers lobbed grenades about 11:30 a.m. at the market. An AK-47 was recovered at the scene.
“We suspect there were at least three militants and one of them have been killed. Army is searching the area for the other militants,” Indian army Lt. Col. S. Newton said.
The incident, in a public place in the middle of the day, was the first of its kind in the area.