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Assam Terror Attack: Very unfortunate so many people lost their lives, says MoS Kiren Rijiju

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 5 August 2016, 15:25 IST

At least 12 civilians were shot dead and 15 injured after 4-5 militants opened fire in Kokrajhar district of Assam on 5 August. It has been reported that two terrorist has also been neutralised.

According to reports, a group of unidentified men got out of an autorickshaw and opened fire in the crowded market area of Kokrajhar. The other terrorists are still on the run. Reports suggest that the terrorists were dressed in military attire.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned the attack and tweeted, "Saddened by the attack in Kokrajhar. We strongly condemn it. Thoughts & prayers with the bereaved families & those injured."

Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs of India, told the media, "We were successful in achieving peace in Assam and the Northeast but this (the terror attack in Kokrajhar district) is shocking."

"It is very unfortunate that so many people lost their lives. Victims and victims' families will be taken care of," he added, while refusing to give the exact count of the number of lives lost.

Security forces have reached the spot. The injured have been rushed to a local hospital where they are undergoing treatment.

The identity of the militants has not been confirmed. Unconfirmed reports suggest that automatic weapons and grenades were used by the terrorists.

Meanwhile, Assam Chief Minister, Sarbananda Sonowal has briefed Home Minister Rajnath Singh, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the ongoing situation.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh said his ministry is monitoring the situation closely.

First published: 5 August 2016, 15:25 IST
 
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