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Assam hit by double bomb attack
Security personnel in Assam
Assam has been hit by a recent spate of violence
Police in the north-eastern Indian state of Assam say one person has been killed and nine others wounded in two separate bomb blasts.

A shopkeeper died when one of the bombs exploded as he tried to remove it in a market in the state capital, Guwahati.

A second explosion in the western town of Bongaigaon injured seven people.

Police have blamed the explosions on the separatist United Liberation Front of Assam (Ulfa), although no group has claimed carrying out the attacks.

The Ulfa has unleashed a violent campaign since talks between mediators assigned by them and the central government broke down in September.

Earlier this month, some 70 mainly Hindi-speaking migrants died in a week of violence blamed on the Ulfa.

Ulfa is fighting one of India's longest running insurgencies to establish an independent homeland in Assam.

The rebels say India's government exploits the state's rich resources such as tea and natural gas and does little for its people who are ethnically closer to Burma and China than to India.


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