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POST TIME: 20 February, 2018 00:00 00 AM
Indian politician killed in bomb attack ahead of polls
AFP

Indian politician killed in bomb attack ahead of polls

NEW DELHI: Four people including a candidate in upcoming state elections have been killed by a bomb while travelling in a restive northeast region of India, police said yesterday.

The blast tore through a car in Meghalaya state late Sunday as Jonathone N Sangma, a 43-year-old candidate for a regional party, travelled to a campaign event in the East Garo Hills district. “He was going to address a public meeting at a village. Three other persons in his car including a policeman and two civilians were killed,” Challang Ch. Momin, deputy superintendent of Meghalaya police, told AFP.

“We suspect that the bomb blast was an improvised explosive device. We haven’t yet identified any suspects but we know that the last time he contested in 2013, he received threats from militants in the area.”

India’s remote northeastern states, sandwiched between China, Bhutan, Nepal, Myanmar and Bangladesh, have witnessed decades of unrest. The remote states, connected to the rest of India by a narrow strip of land, are home to dozens of tribal groups and small guerrilla armies demanding greater autonomy and resisting central rule.