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Bomb explosions kill 15 in Assam
Injured men lie on a cart as they are brought to a hospital in Guwahati
Most of the victims were shoppers, police said
At least 15 people have been killed and about 30 others injured in a series of bomb blasts in India's north-eastern state of Assam, police say.

The first explosion took place in a crowded marketplace in the state's main capital, Guwahati, killing 13 people.

Two died in the second blast, which reportedly targeted an oil installation in the outskirts. Casualties are not clear in a third incident at a temple.

No-one has claimed the blasts, but police blamed separatist rebels.

Religious ceremony

The bombs went off within minutes of each other at about 1840 local time (1340 GMT), police say.

The first device was placed in a tea stall, when scores of people from the Hindi-speaking state of Bihar were gathering for an evening religious ceremony.


The whole area was a mess of mangled flesh and wreckage, correspondents say.

Officials suggested the target of the second bombing was an oil installation on the outskirts of the city, Agence France Presse news agency reported.

A third explosion soon after devastated a temple in the suburbs.

The blasts come two months after peace talks between the United Liberation Front of Assam (Ulfa) and the Indian government broke down.

The group has been fighting for a separate homeland for Assamese people since 1971 and accuses the government in Delhi of exploiting the state's rich natural resources.

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