Bomb Blast in NE India Kills 5

Posted August 1st, 2011 at 6:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Police in India's northeastern state of Manipur say a powerful bomb blast in a busy market killed five people Monday and wounded at least 12 others.

Local authorities said the bomb, planted on a scooter, exploded on the outskirts of Imphal, the capital of Manipur state.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

India's remote northeast has been racked by violence, as a number of separatist groups fight for greater autonomy or an independent homeland. The violence has killed about 20,000 people since 1979.