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The bomb was in a blue and red haversack

The deadly explosive that claimed nine lives at the German Bakery on Saturday had a large quantity of RDX in it,said a Pune police source. The bomb, which was kept in a blue and red haversack, was made deadlier as it exploded in an area that had a lot of wood and steel furniture, the source added.

india Updated: Feb 15, 2010 01:28 IST
Shailendra Mohan

The deadly explosive that claimed nine lives at the German Bakery on Saturday had a large quantity of RDX in it,said a Pune police source. The bomb, which was kept in a blue and red haversack, was made deadlier as it exploded in an area that had a lot of wood and steel furniture, the source added.

“After the explosion, the furniture exploded into pieces that acted as shrapnel causing grievous injuries,” an officer said explaining why the bomb was so deadly. The shrapnel caused injuries to 60 people. Investigators had not found any shrapnel that could have been used in the bomb itself. The injuries were all caused by splinters from the wooden and steel furniture.

The police were awaiting a report on whether other explosives such as ammonium nitrate too had been mixed with the RDX. "Going by the amount of damage caused, it looks like that a good amount of RDX was used as the entire bakery has been blown to bits by the explosion,” said the source.

Police, however, are yet to ascertain the kind of device that has been used. "We have not been able to establish what kind of device was used so we cannot pinpoint any particular group as of now,” said the officer. Indian Army explosives experts were studying the blast residue to establish the kind of device used and the exact mix of explosives.

An officer, while speaking on condition of anonymity, said the Indian Mujahideen (IM) too used RDX in the bombs set off in Jaipur, Ahmedabad and other cities. “They used ammonium Nitrate along with RDX,” he said.

Pune Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh refused to comment on the involvement of the IM. “We are investigating every possible angle and we have many agencies working on this case so I am confident that we will be able to crack it very soon,” Singh said.

The CCTV camera footage of a hotel opposite the now destroyed cafe was being examined by the police. " We are working on everything, right from CCTV to preparing sketches of the suspect," Singh added. He denied that anyone has been detained till now.