Assam attack: Phone found on terrorist pocket reveals it wasn’t a jihadi attack


NEW DELHI: The terrorist attack took place in Kokrajhar on Friday which killed around 14 people and 3 terrorists. It was suspected that there were hands of Jihadi’s in the attack.

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In the incident, nearly six among 13 who were killed were Bodos. “The target and modus operandi adopted by the NDFB (S) militants marks a departure from previous attacks, such as the killing of Adivasis in Sonitpur and Kokrajhar in December 2014 or the May 2014 Assam violence that claimed the lives of 32 Muslims,” an officer of the central security establishment pointed out.

When the attack took place, the killers were covering their faces and one attacker was killed by the security forces. The reports revealed that a phone was recovered from his pocket which showed up a number known to the intelligence agencies as the one in use by Christian-dominated NDFB(S).

“The use of masks and civilian clothes by NDFB(S) militants points to attempts by the outfit to project the attack as the handiwork of an Islamic terrorist group. It seems NDFB (S), clearly under pressure after an unprecedented crackdown by the security forces on its rank and file as well as resources over the past one and a half years, was trying to mislead the agencies. The purpose may be to divert the attention of the forces,” a senior intelligence official told TOI.

But NDFB refused that there were hands of it in the attack but it seems that they are hiding behind the phantom of ‘Islamic terrorists’.

Over the past few months, NDFB has been facing a crackdown especially from the day when they butchered Adivasis in Kokrajhar and Sonitpur in 2014. Moreover, NIA has arrested around 86 NDFB (S) members from Assam and other north-eastern states, of which 63 have been chargesheeted.

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According to estimates, the strength of NDFB (S) currently stands at around 150 cadres now, down from 300-400 a couple of years ago.