As it happened: 14 civilians killed in Kokrajhar; PM Modi condemns incident

Aug, 05 2016 IST

  • 17:45 (IST)

    More meetings in the offing

    NSA will have separate meeting with MoD officials; no clarity yet on who is behind the attack, reported Times Now.

  • 17:29 (IST)

    MHA closely monitoring situation

  • 17:18 (IST)

    Won't allow peace to be destroyed in Assam: Jitendra Singh 

  • 17:16 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi offers his condolences

  • 17:15 (IST)

    Assam on high alert following attack

    "We will not tolerate any threat from any group. The government will not bow to any pressure while tackling terrorist groups," Sonowal said, adding all deputy commissioners and superintendents of police across the state have been directed to be on high alert following the attack and in view of Independence Day.

    With inputs from PTI

  • 17:11 (IST)

    Sonowal directs Assam DGP to beef up security

    Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has directed Assam Director General of Police Mukesh Sahay to beef up security and launch a vigorous drive to apprehend those behind the "heinous crime", Sonowal said the militants would be dealt with "very sternly".

    With inputs from PTI

  • 17:08 (IST)

    Saddened by the attack in Kokrajhar, says PM Modi

  • 16:54 (IST)

    Assam govt committed to ensure state's safety

    ​Sonowal, who was sworn in as the first BJP chief minister of Assam on 24 May, said his government is committed to ensure the safety of life and property of the people of Assam.

    "Our government is committed to take stern action against extremists outfit to ensure the safety of civilians," he said.

    With inputs from PTI

  • 16:48 (IST)

    Biggest attack since 2014

    Almost every ethnic group has lost someone or the other, reported CNN-News18. This is unlike the attacks that took place in 2014 or 2015 in Assam.

  • 16:41 (IST)

    Army carrying out extensive operations

  • 16:40 (IST)

    Swift action by troops

    ANI reported that the Army neutralised one of the terrorists on the spot and swift action by troops prevented indiscriminate killings of civilians.

  • 16:35 (IST)

    Sonowal meets Doval

    According to ANI, Sonowal and NSA Ajit Doval discussed Assam's security. He added that the PM and HM also discussed the matter and extended their condolences. Army has launched a massive combing op, pressing into service specialised troops, tracker dogs and other specialised equipment. 

  • 16:34 (IST)

    CM Sonowal heads to Assam

  • 16:28 (IST)

    Massive operation launched

  • 16:27 (IST)

    Sonia Gandhi condemns Kokrajhar attack

    Congress President Sonia Gandhi, who was operated on for a shoulder injury, has strongly condemned the attack in Assam.

  • 16:25 (IST)

    No terror group has claimed responsibility yet

  • 16:19 (IST)

    NSA Ajit Doval meets Sarbananda Sonowal

  • 16:16 (IST)

    Himanta Biswa Sarma rushes to spot

    State minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the Assam police, CRPF and paramilitary forces are combing the area on the lookout for remaining terrorists. The Army is also on stand by.  

  • 16:13 (IST)

    NSA chief likely to meet Rajnath Singh 

    National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval is likely to meet Home Minister Rajnath Singh and discuss the terror attack in Kokrajhar. 

  • 15:58 (IST)

    Army confirms NDFB(S) behind attack

  • 15:54 (IST)

    NDFB(S) one of the largest insurgent group

    The National Democratic Front of Bodoland (Songbijit) is one of the largest insurgent group active in the region with more than 300 cadres in its folds. According to The Times of India report published a few months before the deadly 2014 Assam attacks, NDFB(S) continues to be the most powerful faction of the militant groups active in the region.

  • 15:46 (IST)

    Three terrorists on the run 

  • 15:31 (IST)

    13 bodies recovered

    Police have so far recovered 13 bodies and search operations are continuing in the area as the militants are suspected to be hiding in nearby buildings, according to PTI.

  • 15:25 (IST)

    Officials to visit spot: CM

    Our government is committed to protect the people of Assam, said Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal. He has directed senior officials to rush to the spot. Ex gratia of Rs 5 lakh will be given to next of kin of people who died, Rs 1 lakhs for the injured, he said. 

  • 15:22 (IST)

    NIA Guwahati team on its way to Kokrajhar

    Sources said police and army are on the trail of three terrorists who fled after throwing grenades. They said that total six terrorists were involved. Also, the NIA Guwahati team is on its way to Kokrajhar. Sonowal said that Himanta Biswa Sarma will also be visiting the spot. 

  • 15:18 (IST)

    Sonowal condemns attack 

    Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal condemned the attack in Kokrajhar, Assam. He said that he has briefed the Prime Minister and Home Minister and assured strict action against those involved in the attack. He said that the terror organisation will be booked. Centre also rushed paramilitary forces to the spot. 

  • 15:10 (IST)

    Death toll may go up: Police

    Police said a group of militants swooped down on Tiniali market on Friday afternoon and opened fire in the marketplace. The police have so far recovered two bodies and it is feared that the toll may increase. The injured, many of them critical, are being shifted to nearby hospitals. 

  • 15:07 (IST)

    Most civilian casualties are Bodos

    Though no group has claimed responsibility yet, Army sources said that most civilian casualties are Bodos. They also said that NDFB (S) may not be behind the attack. 

  • 15:04 (IST)

    Four NDFB-S cadres were arrested recently 

    According to Assam Times, security forces recently arrested four cadres of the National Democratic Front of Boroland-Songbijit faction (NDFB-S) in Kokrajhar. Firearms were also recovered from them. 

  • 14:58 (IST)

    Militants came in an auto

    The militants came in an auto and opened fire in the busy Kokrajhar market area. A large number of people had gathered at the weekly market. Kokrajhar is the capital town of Bodoland. The NIA Guwahati is likely to send a team soon. Combing operations are now underway. This is the first major terror attack since the BJP came to power in Assam. 

  • 14:52 (IST)

    13 civilians killed 

    Army sources said that 13 civilians and 1 terrorist killed in the attack. Around 18 civilians were injured. AK-47 rifles were recovered and the gunmen were dressed in army fatigues. 

  • 14:48 (IST)

    Three terrorists opened fire

    Three terrorists opened fire in Balajan,Tenali market area, 8 km from Kokrajhar (Assam). One terrorist was gunned down in encounter. 

  • 14:41 (IST)

    Monitoring situation closely: Rajnath Singh

    Rajnath Singh said that the Home Ministry is closely monitoring the situation and the Centre has assured all possible help.

  • 14:38 (IST)

    Area has been cordoned off

    Militants first lobbed around three grenades and then fired at the crowd. 

  • 14:36 (IST)

    Kiren Rijiju condemns attack

    Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju condemned the attack and said that the peace had returned in Bodoland after a long time and this incident is unfortunate. "We will ensure that the victims are taken care of and we will find out who is behind the attack. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the situation. 

  • 14:31 (IST)

    Encounter underway

    NDFB(S) is suspected behind attack, said the Assam DGP. The DGP also said that one militant has been neutralised so far. The encounter still underway. 

  • 14:25 (IST)

    Three to four militants on the run

  • 14:24 (IST)

    12 civilians in Kokrajhar, Assam

  • 14:21 (IST)

    One militant killed in encounter with security personnel in Assam

At least 14 people have died in an encounter between militants and security forces in Kokrajhar in Assam, CNN-News18 reported. According to the reports, at least 10 civilians were those among killed.

At around 11.30 am, shootout broke out in a busy market area in Kokrajhar Assam. So far no group has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

The Assam DGP told CNN-News18 that three to four militants were still on the run, and the area has been cordoned off. The search is still on even as one terrorist has been shot dead. A fierce gunbattle is underway in Barzan bazaar.


Published Date: Aug 05, 2016 05:07 pm | Updated Date: Aug 05, 2016 06:17 pm