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Bomb explodes in northeast Indian market, 5 hurt

October 29, 2013

GAUHATI, India (AP) — Police say they are investigating the explosion of a crude bomb that injured five people in a marketplace in northeast India.

A police official in the Manipur state capital of Imphal says the homemade bomb was triggered by remote control on Tuesday morning when people were setting up their stalls before the market opened. The official spoke on condition of anonymity according to policy.

Four of the injured are being treated in a hospital.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

At least 17 separatist groups are active in Manipur state and often stage hit-and-run attacks. The rebels claim the local population is ignored by the federal government in New Delhi. Most locals are ethnically closer to groups in Myanmar and China than to the rest of India.

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