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Posted: Oct 30, 2008 at 1314 hrs IST
Four bomb blasts rocked Guwahati's commercial areas of Pan Bazar, Fancy Bazar and Ganeshguri.
Guwahati, October 30: : More than 25 people were killed and over 140 injured in 18 serial blasts that rocked busy areas of Guwahati and three other districts in Assam on Thursday.
The powerful bombs went off simultaneously at around 11.30 AM with four of them hitting capital Guwahati, three each in Barpeta and Kokrajhar while one in Bongaigaon, according to official sources.
At least 10 people have been killed in Guwahati, while two others died in Kokrajhar, they said.
The first blast in Guwahati occurred at a vegetable and fruit market at Ganeshguri near the flyover adjacent to the high security secretariat and the Assembly.
The blast caused a major fire in the area with smoke engulfing the entire market and nearby places.
The second bomb exploded in front of the Kamrup district deputy commissioner's office, injuring many and destroying several cars parked there, the sources said.
The third explosion rocked areas near the police station of the busy Fancy Bazar, triggering panic among shoppers, many of whom were injured, the sources said.
Guwahati Superintendent of Police G P Singh said that police and fire brigade were engaged in controlling the fire.
In Kokrajhar, the explosives were suspected to have been planted in a two-wheelers.
Thick smoke billowed after the high intensity blasts which turned a number of cars, cycles and two wheelers into mangled heaps of metal.
The casualty figures were likely to rise with the condition of many of the injured being critical, the sources said.