Powerful bomb blast on Republic Day eve

Haflong (Assam): A powerful bomb planted by unidentified militants on a rail bridge on Tuesday exploded damaging a portion of the tracks and derailing a goods train in Assam`s North Cachar Hills district on the eve of Republic Day.

Official sources said that the bomb, placed on rail bridge near Lower Haflong Bridge, exploded in the afternoon derailing the engine of a goods train which was on its way from Lumding to Silchar.

There was, however, no report of any casualty or injuries, the sources said.

Train services in the Lumding-Badarpur section has been temporarily suspended and work on repair of the rail tracks has already begun, NF railway sources said.

Senior police and district officials have rushed to the spot and a massive combing operation has been launched in the area.

Security measures have been intensified after the blast.

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