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Two injured in IED blast at busy Shillong market

At least two persons were injured in an improvised bomb blast by Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC), an outlawed organisation in a busy market of Shillong on Tuesday.

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Shillong Updated on: August 10, 2021 21:08 IST
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Two injured in IED blast at busy Shillong market 

At least two persons were injured in an improvised bomb blast by Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC), an outlawed organisation in a busy market of Shillong on Tuesday.

The 1kg remotely-timed improvised explosive device (IED), triggered by the outlawed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC), went off at around 1:30 pm behind a busy market area in Laitumkhrah injuring a shopkeeper and a passer-by.

The Police have registered a case and investigation is currently on to nab those involved in carrying out the blast.

Meanwhile, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on Tuesday said those involved in the bomb attack. 

“Those involved in the IED blast in Shillong will not be spared. Those who are a threat to peace will be punished," he said. 

Once a dreaded armed group in Meghalaya and active in the Khasi-Jaintia Hills region, the organisation which is reputed to have a base camp in Bangladesh, was banned as an 'unlawful organisation' by the Ministry of Home Affairs in 2019 on grounds that "the outfit is yet to abjure violence".
 
The HNLC, a breakaway faction of the earlier Hynniewtrep Achik Liberation Council (1993) primarily operates in the Khasi-Jaintia Hills region, and has carried out a number of attacks in the past. It claims it wishes to “free” people from alleged domination by “outsiders”.

Last month the rebel outfit carried out an attack at a police reserve barracks in East Jaintia Hills district headquarters injuring a policeman and damaging buildings. Three persons were later arrested.

(With PTI inputs)

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