Bomb kills 2 at bus stop in northeast IndiaBy AP News Oct 30, 2013 4:17PM UTC
GAUHATI, India (AP) — A crude bomb exploded as people waited at a central bus stop in northeast India on Wednesday morning, killing two people a day after another blast at a market in the same city, police said.
No one has claimed responsibility for either attack in Manipur state’s capital of Imphal. Authorities are searching for clues and suspects but so far have no leads, police superintendent Jayanta Singh said.
At least 17 separatist groups are active in Manipur and often stage hit-and-run attacks. The rebels claim the local population is ignored by the federal government in New Delhi. Most locals are ethnically closer to groups in Myanmar and China than to the rest of India.
The bomb Wednesday morning also injured five people when it detonated about 1 kilometer (2 miles) from the home of the chief minister, Manipur’s highest elected official. On Tuesday morning, another homemade bomb set off remotely injured five in a market place before the market opened.
Paramilitary troops were patrolling in force in central Imphal on Wednesday, while area shops were closed as shopkeepers said they feared the possibility of more attacks.
Manipur Chief Minister Ibobi Singh has called for a special operation to find the culprits.