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First precision bombing: report

The forensic report on the blasts, yet to be submitted to the government, has come up with revelations that could help the investigation, report Siddhartha S Bose & Sanjay Bohra.

india Updated: May 18, 2008 23:55 IST
Siddhartha S Bose & Sanjay Bohra
Siddhartha S Bose & Sanjay Bohra
Hindustan Times
Hindustantimes
         

The forensic report on the blasts, yet to be submitted to the government, has come up with revelations that could help the investigation.

It reveals that the terrorists employed precision bombing technique for the first time in the country while rubbishing the theory that the explosives were wrapped with iron-alloy ball bearings commonly used in bicycles.

Forensic investigators say these were actually highly refined steel spheres with limited use. "They used stainless steel spheres to maximize the impact of the explosives," an expert said.

They were strategically wrapped around the explosives in medical bandage. The investigating team has found the places where these steel spheres are manufactured.

The steel balls embedded in walls and iron posts at blast sites are at shoulder level, which reportedly gives an insight into the precision with which the terrorists employed them.

The report is based on information gather by the FSL team from the 10th bomb the police managed to defuse. The other nine claimed 66 lives.

The report confirms the use of a lethal combination of "high-speed explosive" such as RDX. "But the bomb engineers were extremely cautious about the area of impact and their targets," the expert said. This explains why there was no damage to the temples, police stations and buildings adjoining the blasts sites. "The idea was not to blow up places but to maim and kill people."

Even with the sophisticated explosives, the terrorists left nothing to chance and used two detonators for every bomb.