This significant piece of forensic evidence should help determine a great deal about the origins of the July 11 bombs, and the possible involvement of its perpetrators in other attacks. Indian Jihad Update from AFP: “Police pinpoint explosive mix as G8 condemns Mumbai blasts”
MUMBAI – Indian police on Monday said a rare mixture of explosives was used in the Mumbai train bombings but refused to pin blame on any group for the blasts that killed 182 people and injured nearly 900.
Inquiry head K.P. Raghuvanshi told reporters that analysis of small amounts of bomb debris revealed they were made up of powerful RDX explosive, ammonium nitrate and fuel oil.
He declined to identify any group that could have put together such a device but said those behind the blasts were likely to be both home-grown militants and elements from “beyond the border.”
Officers have yet to make arrests amid few signs of a breakthrough in finding the July 11 bombers but have said they had identified two suspects. Raghuvanshi said the slow-moving inquiry had reached a “critical” stage.
Investigators said the attacks bore the hallmarks of Lashkar-e-Taiba, a group fighting Indian rule in Kashmir, which was being scrutinised along with Mumbai-based Islamic militants.
Raghuvanshi said Monday police had failed to find a man known as Rahil who was believed to have been involved in bomb attacks in Delhi last October blamed on Lashkar-e-Taiba that left at least 60 dead.