Incident Summary:

10/27/2010: On Wednesday around 1215 noon, on Lumding-Silchar meter gauge hill section between Lower Haflong and Bagetar stations in North Cachar Hills, Assam, India, unknown explosives were triggered by unidentified militants, which derailed four coaches of the 5963 Down Barak Valley Express. The specific motive for the attack is unknown; however, the attack took place a few kilometers from where Assam governor Janaki Ballabh Patnaik was inaugurating an international tourism festival at the famous Jatinga village. Furthermore, although it is unclear which group is responsible for the attack, the Dilip Nunisa faction of the Dima Halom Daoga (DHD) had called an indefinite bandh in the hill district on Tuesday night, complaining of harassment by the police. No casualties were reported and no group claimed responsibility for the attack.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:


Near Bagetar

Location Details:
The attack took place on Lumding-Silchar meter gauge hill section between Lower Haflong and Bagetar stations in North Cachar Hills, Assam, India.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Transportation
Name of Entity
Specific Description A railway track was targeted in the attack.
Nationality of Target India
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Unknown Explosive Type
Weapon Details
Unknown explosives were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The most recent available sources listed the time of the attack from 1215 to 1230, so the majority time of attack reported has been used in order to preserve statistical accuracy in the database. It is unclear whether or not the attack was carried out because of the inauguration of the festival or because of the bandh called by militants in the hill district to protest police harassment.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Dima Halao Daoga (DHD) (suspected) Dilip Nunisa Faction No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
South Asia Terrorism Portal, "Blast Derails Barak Valley Express in Assam," Shillong Times, (October 28, 2010).
Samudra Gupta Kashyap, "Fest Nearby, Assam Rebels Blow up Track," LexisNexis Academic, Indian Express, October 28, 2010.
Press Trust of India, “Train Derails as Ultras Trigger Blast in Assam," LexisNexis Academic, Press Trust of India, October 27, 2010.