New Delhi: Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Friday described the militant attack in Assam's Kokrajhar town as "mindless and dastardly" and said the perpetrators of such acts should be dealt with in the "severest possible manner".
Condemning the militant attack on civilians at a weekly market at Balajan Tinali in Kokrajhar, Gandhi said: "The perpetrators of such acts that target innocent and unsuspecting common people shall be dealt with in the severest possible manner."
Gandhi is admitted to a private hospital here for treatment of fever and a dislocated shoulder.
Hoping that immediate relief measures were being taken, Gandhi instructed the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee and the frontal organisations of the party to reach out to the injured and bereaved with all possible assistance.
At least 13 civilians were killed on Friday when militants in military fatigues opened random fire at a busy market in Assam's Kokrajhar town.
Police said one of the raiders was also killed.