IEDs used to trigger blasts in Bangalore

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{image-bangalore picture_25072008.jpg}Bangalore, Jul 25: Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) were used in the blasts that took place in seven different places in the city this afternoon in which one woman was killed and four others were injured, City Police Commissioner Shankar M Bidri said on Friday, July 25.

Speaking to newsmen at one of the blast-site Rajaram Mohan Roy road, he said the explosive used in two places--Madiwala and Nayandahalli were powerful in nature, while in other places crude devices were used. He said police recovered some explosive materials at the park in Rajaram Mohan Roy road, including sulphuric acid and urea stacked in a pack. ''The materials recovered however were not bombs but supportive materials that could have been utilised in making bombs,'' he said.

Mr Bidari said police have launched a vigorous investigation into the case and expressed confidence that the culprits would be nabbed soon.

A senior police office, who did not want to be named, said the blasts could be the handiwork of Maoist groups who were known to produce such explosives made from locally available materials.

The entire city, which was gripped by panic following the blasts, witnessed unprecedented traffic jams in almost all areas and junctions as people were anxious to reach home.

The mobile phone users found it difficult to contact their numbers as telecom companies jammed connections for hours.


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