Militants blow up newspaper office in India's northeast

NEW DELHI, India - Two armed militants herded employees out of a newspaper office and set off a powerful bomb inside the building Saturday in India's insurgency-ridden northeast, a domestic news agency reported.

No one was hurt in the daily Lamyanba's office in Imphal, the capital of remote, hilly Manipur state, Press Trust of India said. Lamyanba, formerly a monthly journal, is to be launched as a newspaper next month.

The two men forced about 50 people out of the office at gunpoint before planting the bomb. The explosion caused extensive damage to the building and two cars parked outside, the news agency said.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

The explosion came a week after the killing of Thaunaojam Brajamani, the editor of another local newspaper.

A dozen groups are fighting security forces in Manipur for causes ranging from more autonomy to secession from India. More than 10,000 people have been killed in the state's two-decade-long insurgency.

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