Jihad in India update from The Pioneer, “IGI intact; hats off to alert cop,” with thanks to Fanabba:
An alert head constable of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) saved the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport on Sunday night from being blown apart after he intercepted and checked a truck carrying 10.5 kg of white explosive substance suspected to be sodium azide or potassium chlorate. He also seized highly potent 69 detonators of “8 strength”, which are used for triggering high-intensity blasts and 15 metres of cordex wire.
Explosive experts, who examined the substance, said that the explosive could be converted into a highly lethal combination by mixing it with diesel. The same combination was used with telling effect in 1997 when Abdul Karim Tunda, the commander of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) had caused 27 blasts.
Intelligence sources maintained that the consignment seized from the premises of IGI airport was part of the conspiracy to bomb the airport after the twin blasts in Satyam and Liberty cinema halls.
The driver of truck No HR-55-B-1208, Noor Kamal, has been arrested for carrying explosive materials into the highly protected area under Sections 3, 4 and 5 of the Explosive Substances Act.
Sources at the IGI airport said Noor Kamal, a resident of Ramgarh town in Alwar district in Rajasthan, was being interrogated by joint teams of intelligence agencies. Though he tried to mislead the interrogators by claiming that he was going to the hill on the north side of the runway No 10-28.
His preliminary interrogation has revealed that he was handed over the consignment by a local conduit of LeT. It appears that Noor Kamal was trained to make bombs by mixing the explosive substance with diesel and then attach it with the cordex wire and detonator to trigger blasts.