Five were killed and 35 others injured Dec. 2 in two separate attacks in the Karbi Anglong district of India’s eastern Assam state. A bomb went off inside a second-class coach of a passenger train at the Diphu railway station at about 8 AM, killing three, including a five-year-old child. Thirty-five others were injured, 10 of them seriously. Elsewhere in the district, two motorcycle-borne militants with an AK–47 gunned down a couple at the Dolamora village later that morning.
The Karbi Longri National Liberation Front (KLNLF) claimed responsibility for the two strikes. In a media statement, KLNF spokesman Thong Teron said, “There will be more of them [attacks] if the government continues to ignore the demands of Karbi Anglong.” The KLNLF’s 10-point charter demands greater autonomy for Karbi Anglong district, and is said to be closely allied to the separatist United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA). (Hindustan Times, Dec. 3)