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Jihadis dump RDX for TNT blend

Jihadis dump RDX for TNT blend

Author: Times News Network
Publication: The Times of India
Date: July 28, 2008

Introduction: Bomb Design Changed To Mask Pak Signature On Explosives

Recent terror attacks have marked a significant change in the modus operandi of jihadis where they have shelved the use of RDX and replaced it with locally available fertilisers and TNT, intended to mask Pakistan's signature on the explosives.
Though the mix of ammonium nitrate and RDX is lethal and has a larger impact involving mass casualty at the blast site as seen in the Sarojini Nagar blasts in New Delhi and those at Malegaon, Mumbai and Varanasi, the use of ammonium nitrate mixed with TNT is low in strength. But if the blasts are orchestrated in a serial manner, like it was done in Jaipur and Ahmedabad, in a crowded market, the impact remains the same.

Sources said that though RDX was available in some European countries and Pakistan, the variety smuggled by terrorist outfits in India was of a particular quality that had Pakistani signature on it.

The smuggling of the explosives involves a long chain of couriers, one reason why jihadi outfits, of late, have made a significant change in bomb design. The chain is as strong as its weakest link-longer the chain, more the chances of it being detected.

With bomb-making manuals easily available on the internet on al-Qaida-friendly sites, it is much easier for a home-grown terrorist to download the know-how and assemble bombs with locally available ingredients. B Raman, former additional secretary, said globally the trend has been to use locally available material and avoid using RDX. He added that even the al-Qaida uses ammonium nitrate for explosives.

After Varanasi, Mumbai and Malegaon blasts in 2006-where RDX was the chief ingredient-the bomb make-up in subsequent serial blasts in UP courts (November 2007), Jaipur, Bangalore and now Ahmedabad has changed primarily to ammonium nitrate with nails and ball-bearings to act as bullets and missiles. The blasts, in all cases, were triggered by timer devices.

Whenever the use of RDX is detected, the needle of suspicion points towards the Lashkare-Taiba, a Pakistan-based outfit which is suspected to have played a role in the attacks in Mumbai, Varanasi and Delhi.

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