At least five passengers were killed early today when a bomb exploded beneath a packed passenger train in trouble-wracked northeast India, AP reports. The bomb tore through the luggage car of the Rajdhani Express traveling to New Delhi from Assam state. A little known militant group claimed responsibility for the attack.
"Our fighters triggered the blast through remote control to force the government to grant special rights to our community," a spokesman for the Adivasi National Liberation Army told reporters by phone. Adivasis, who comprise most of the workers on Assam tea plantations, have demanded that the government recognize them as a separate tribal group.