Palm-sized magnetic bomb used in terror attack: Police (Second Lead)February 14th, 2012 - 10:19 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Feb 14 (IANS) A palm-sized sophisticated magnetic device, possibly detonated using a remote sensor, was used in the terror attack on an Israeli embassy car, police said Tuesday.
As the investigation into Monday’s terror attack was unfolding, sources among the investigators said two people could have been involved in executing the bombing - one to plant the bomb and the other to trigger it.
But there was no clue about the nature of explosives used. Police ruled out use of RDX and other traditional substance used to make bombs by home grown terrorists in India.
Delhi Police said that they would match the samples collected from the Delhi blast site with those found in the aborted bomb attack in Georgia and the terror attack in Bangkok.
The three incidents are being blamed by Israeli authorities on Iran. However, India has denied the accusation saying it was premature to point fingers at any country.
Sources said a forensic sciences report expected by Wednesday would help investigators know the exact nature of the explosive used in the sophisticated magnetic bomb, the first of its kind used in India, they said.
“We will get the samples of explosives from Georgia where a bomb was defused and from Bangkok, where an attack has taken place (Tuesday). We will check whether the same kind of explosives was used in Monday’s blast,” Delhi Commissioner of Police B.K. Gupta told reporters.
Gupta said the police have found that a biker on a red motor cycle attached a palm-sized device to the embassy vehicle that blew up in seconds.
The attack injured four people, including the wife of an Israeli diplomat.
The city police chief said the bomb was detonated either by a remote device or “some other special kind of mechanism”.
He ruled out that a timer was used to detonate the explosives.
Home ministry officials speaking on condition of anonymity said investigators were not ruling out any possibility and were, in fact, working on every possible angle to crack the blast case.
They said some Indian Mujahideen operatives, arrested in the past couple of months, were being questioned afresh to know if they had any link with the terror strike targeting Israelis in India.
But Gupta said Indian Mujahideen role in the blast was a least possibly because of the nature of execution of the blast and substance used.
The sources said Indian Mujahideen link is being looked into as investigators were working on a theory that home grown terrorists sympathetic to the Palestinian cause could also be involved.
Delhi Police’s Special Cell, which is spearheading the investigation, is also examining the CCTV footage to get some clues about the biker and his bike.
Police also searched some Delhi hotels, particularly in Paharganj area near the New Delhi Railway Station.
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