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'Attackers knew city well, ops carried out within 24 hours'

Investigations into Wednesday’s serial blasts suggest that the persons who executed the blasts were well versed with the city’s topography.

mumbai Updated: Jul 16, 2011 01:54 IST
Presley Thomas

Investigations into Wednesday’s serial blasts suggest that the persons who executed the blasts were well versed with the city’s topography.

Agencies believe that those who planted the explosives did not use any modern methods of communication during the entire operation. No communication via mobile phone or email — which could have led agencies to those who planned, plotted and executed the blasts — has been picked up, said sources in the intelligence agencies.

“This indicated that the persons were well versed with the city and the areas in which they wanted to execute the blasts,” said a senior police officer involved in the investigation, on the condition of anonymity.

The terrorists executed great caution, even while selecting the spots. The chosen spots: Opera House, Zaveri Bazaar and Kabutarkhana, Dadar were not just crowded areas of the city; they also had multiple entry and exit points, the officer said, adding that it was near impossible for a newcomer to know how to find his way around the numerous by lanes of Khau Gully.

Preliminary investigations have suggested that the entire operation, including the reconnaissance, was carried out within 24 hour, making it extremely tough for agencies to have detected anything prior to the attack, said police sources.

The footage from closed circuit television cameras are being examined for suspicious movement around the blast spots on the morning of the blasts, police sources added.