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ULFA bid to blow up oil pipeline foiled

The police on Monday foiled an attempt by the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) to blow up a oil pipeline and recovered two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Dibrugarh district of Assam.

Superintendent of Police Arabinda Kalita told PTI that the IEDs were strapped to the pipeline at a place near Udalguri village under the Tengakhat police station.

Acting on a tip-off, the police launched a search operation in the morning to trace the explosives. They recovered the IEDs that weighed around five kg each around 5.30 p.m.

The IEDs weighed around five kg each and would have caused major destruction, Mr. Kalita said. “We have sought assistance from the Army to defuse the explosives and a team is on the way from the Dinjan Army camp.”

The police were continuing search operations in the area.

Intelligence sources said a group of ULFA militants, led by Raktajeet Hazarika and Jayanta Handique, was active in the area and was most probably involved in the attempt.

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