Assam Director General of Police Mukesh Sahay said that security forces shot dead one of the attackers.

He said 12 people died on the spot when the terrorists who came in a van around 12.30 pm opened fire. Two more people died on their way to the hospital, another police official said.

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According to police, a group of terrorists swooped down on Tiniali market this afternoon and opened fire.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condemned the attack and tweeted about it.

Meanwhile, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh to the next of kin of the dead and Rs 1 lakh for the injured.

The injured, many of them critical, are being shifted to nearby hospitals.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh said he spoke on the telephone to Sarbananda Sonowal and added that the central government is closely monitoring the situation. Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju termed the attack as very unfortunate and said the government will assure that the victims are taken care of.

The area has been cordoned off by police and army security personnel and operations have been launched as the terrorists are suspected to be hiding in nearby buildings. Additional security forces have been rushed to the spot after the attack.

"There has been an incident of firing. The security forces have reacted to it and one suspected militant as been reportedly neutralised. We have launched an intensive operation," Sahay said.

"There could be three-four more militants there," he said.

He also suspected the involvement of National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) terrorists in the attack.

The chief minister said stern action would be taken against the terrorists. "I extend my condolences to the families of the victims. We will take strict against the perpetrators," Sonowal said.

"Our government is committed to the protection of people of Assam. I have directed senior officials to rush to the spot," he added.

He also directed Finance, Education and Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma to rush to the spot and review the situation.

Sarma said, "Two of the extremists have been neutralised and police is looking out for another six but at this stage these are my specific assessments as I am yet to talk to the SP."

"I think details are still coming in so we have to wait for some time to find out the confirmed number of killings and the number of extremists neutralised by security forces. Bodoland territorial council chief Hagrama Mohillary has said that 12 persons are on the list of those killed. This is his version," the minister said.

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