Bombs were macabre piece of local engineering

July 27th, 2008 - 10:02 am ICT by IANS  

Ahmedabad, July 27 (IANS) The bombs that went off at 17 busy areas of the city on Black Saturday bore a clear imprint of classic concoction of ammonium nitrate, ball bearings and some chemical powder packed in corrugated cartons for maximum impact in both death and destruction. The bomb package had been left innocuously in cycle carriers and CNG city buses and the deadly cocktail was wrapped in three layers of plastic bags padded with cloth rags. A 6-volt Chinese-made battery was attached with the contraption to trigger the bomb through a timer device.

This macabre piece of local engineering was there for all to see at Galaxy cinema area at Naroda and civil hospital where ball-bearings and shrapnels were recovered aplenty. Incidentally, the civil hospital blast claimed maximum 16 lives and was meant to instill psychological fear in the people that if a well known hospital could be targeted then no one was safe, police and authorities said.

At Sarangpur market and Raipur Chakla the bombs had the same hallmark seen in other areas - all coming neatly packed in three plastic bags tied to cycle carriers with a rope. The bombs were planted near pan shops and vegetable vendors where common people usually congregate.

Police sources said fifth columnists locally were at work to help the mastermind in this evil venture as these bombs were assembled here and planted by different people.

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