Devices used in Malegaon, Mumbai blasts identical: Police

via published on September 10, 2006

MUMBAI: The explosive devices that killed 37 people in Malegaon possibly contained RDX and were identical to the bombs used in the blasts on commuter trains here on July 11, top police sources said here today.

“Not only are the devices used in the two attacks (in Malegaon and Mumbai) quite identical, and in the Malegaon blasts, the use of RDX is becoming evident,” a top police official supervising the probe into the bombings told reporters here.

The forensic tests are now prompting investigators to probe the possibility of the perpetrators of the two attacks being the same persons or belonging to the same terrorist group, the sources said.

Investigators have also questioned some persons in Malegaon in connection with the use of two bicycles that were found at the site of the blasts and are believed to have been used to transport the explosive devices.

Thirty-one people were killed and nearly 300 injured in the four blasts near Noorani mosque, a nearby graveyard and the busy Mushaira Chowk in Malegaon on Friday.

A team from the Anti-Terrorism Squad is currently in Malegaon gathering clues and looking for leads in the case. The Maharashtra government has announced a reward of Rs 5 lakh for information leading to the attackers.

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