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Rebel-claimed grenade attack injures 10 in northeast India

GAUHATI, India — A grenade lobbed from a motorcyclist at a police checkpoint in a northeastern Indian city has injured 10 people.

Authorities say the blast happened Wednesday evening in front of a busy shopping mall in Gauhati, the capital of the state of Assam.

Gauhati Police Commissioner Deepak Kumar says the attack was claimed by Paresh Baruah, the exiled leader of a rebel group that for 40 years has been seeking Assam’s independence from India.

The condition of the injured, including two paramilitary troopers, was not immediately clear.

Wednesday’s attack was the first such incident in about two years.

Kumar says Assam security forces were on high alert because of a possible threat from a so-called affiliate of the Islamic State group across the porous border in Bangladesh.

The Associated Press