Kerala pioneers in Bomb making

published on September 27, 2006

All kinds of bombs in state

KOZHIKODE:Miscreants in Kerala seem to be perfecting the art of bomb making, from crude country bombs to letter bombs which exploded in Thiruvananthapuram the other day.

Experts say the mobile phone bombs could be the next in the series as it is very easy to convert a cell phone into a bomb. “It already has the circuit. What is needed is only a battery and a detonator,” they say. The following are the kinds of bombs available in plenty now:

COUNTRY BOMBS: The prototype of all explosives experimented in Kerala. Widely used in political clashes and goonda attacks, this variety are very easy to make.

The common variety of country bomb contains substances like potassium nitrate and aluminum powder. The mixture is tightened with twines and explodes when thrown against hard surface.

There is a sub variety which is harmless as it would create only sound. This is used to scare the opponent or to disperse the public from the scene of action. The miscreants often escape under the cover of bomb explosion.

The bombs used in attacks have missiles contained in them like nails, stones, and glass pieces, which act like pellets once explosion takes place.

STEEL BOMBS: An improvement over country bombs. The explosive substances are packed in a steel canister and the lid is firmly sealed.

More dangerous than the ordinary country bombs as the pieces of steel canister also act as missiles. The canister used for this variety are the ones in which prasadam is served in temples.

CIGARETTE BOMBS: This variety was used in Malappuram to burn many cinema halls. A simple device in which a lit cigarette trigger the explosion. The use of this bomb has been limited to Malappuram.
PIPE BOMBS: A more powerful variety in which explosives like gelignite sticks are used. A detonator is fixed with gelignite mixture and the substance is kept in a PVC pipe. It explodes when the detonator is activated.

Hundreds of this variety of bombs were recovered from the Koomankallu bridge near Kadalundi in 1996. Similar types of bombs were unearthed at Narath near Kannur around three months ago.

PEPSI BOMBS: This kind of bombs was spotted from Marad after the killings in 2003. Pepsi tins were filled with gelignite and a detonator were found attached. The impact of the bomb is not known as these were not used in any other attacks.

PEN BOMB: An object shaped like a pen exploded at a hotel near Koyilandi a few years ago.

The object was kept on the table and it exploded when some one tried to open it. The substances went into the making the bomb is not known.

TORCH BOMB: This was a new variety of explosive, which went off in a library at Aroor near Nadapuram early this year. Sources say it contained only detonator and no explosive material. A person was injured, when he tried to switch on the torch he found in the library.

BOMBS WITH TIMER: The two bombs which went off at the KSRTC and the private bus stand in Kozhikode on March 2, 2006 where operated with a timer device. Timers were attached to the explosives to trigger the explosion in time.

LETTER BOMBS: The ones, which exploded in post offices in Thiruvananthapuram the other day.

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