Blasts Kill at Least 48 in India

coordinated blasts rip through Northeast
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 30, 2008 6:40 AM CDT
An injured person lies as vehicles burn near a blast site in Gauhati, India, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2008.   (Anupam Nath)
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(Newser) – A series of coordinated blasts tore through India's volatile northeast today, killing at least 48 people, wounding more than 300 and setting police on a frantic search for any unexploded bombs, officials said.The largest bomb exploded near the office of the Assam state's top official, leaving bodies and mangled cars and motorcycles strewn across the road.

It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the blasts that went off within minutes of each other, but the region is plagued by dozens of militant separatist groups. Five blasts hit the state capital, Gauhati, killing 25, while 11 were killed in Kokrajhar district and 12 more died in the town of Barpeta. Later, dozens of people angry over the blasts took to the streets of Gauhati, stoning vehicles and torching at least two fire engines. Police imposed a curfew on the city and shut down roads leading in and out of the area.