New Delhi, October 30, 2008: Evangelical Fellowship of India condemns the serial blasts that shook the north eastern state Assam on October 30, 2008. Twenty-five co-ordinated blasts rocked busy areas of Guwahati and three other districts in Assam on Thursday, killing at least 48 people and injuring over 300 others, police and eyewitnesses said.
While four high-intensity blasts are reported to have taken place in the capital Guwahati, three each occurred in Barpeta and Kokrajhar, and one in Bongaigaon district of the north-eastern state. The remaining blasts were reported to be of low-intensity.
The state has been put on red alert, with police carrying out combing operations at a number of places. Prohibitory orders under Section 144 CrPC have been promulgated in Guwahati following the blasts.
According to reports, most of the blasts took place in crowded market areas. The explosions occurred in a span of 15 minutes with the first one going off at around 11.30 am, triggering fires in many areas and leaving a trail of death and destruction.
EFI denounces the inhumane act of injuring and killing the innocent people and condemn such acts which damage the social fabric and disturbs peace and harmony of the nation.
We request prayers for the bereaved families of those who have lost their lives in the incident. While condemning the dastardly act we appeal to one and all to maintain communal harmony and peace.
Rev. Dr. Richard Howell
Evangelical Fellowship of India
New Delhi, India
Evangelical Fellowship of India (established 1951) is a charter member of World Evangelical Alliance, an accredited NGO with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations