26/11 bags had 4 times more RDX than 7/11 blasts


26/11 bags had 4 times more RDX than 7/11 blasts

By: Ketan Ranga

Mumbai: The 10 terrorists that landed in Mumbai last week had sinister plans that surpass all norms of humanity. Not only was each terrorist armed to the teeth with automatic guns and grenades, but each one was also carrying a bag loaded with an 8-kg RDX bomb. That is 80kg of RDX, the highest tally ever to be used in India.

In the 1993 blasts that shook the city’s foundations, killing 257 people, 27kg of RDX was used in the improvised explosive devices, while in the 7/11 blasts 20kg RDX was stuffed in 7 bags. The death toll was 188, and over 800 were injured in the train blasts.

According to police, it was LeT commando Zakhir-ul-Rehman, who had trained the terrorists to carry out the attack on Mumbai.

Of the 10 bombs that were planted on November 26, only four went off, while the other six were defused. The last two bombs in that series were recovered from the storage room at CST on Wednesday.

Two bombs went off in taxis, one at Vile Parle and another at Dockyard Road. One bomb blew up in the Taj Hotel and one at Nariman House. Later, two bombs were defused at the Taj, two at CST, one at the Oberoi-Trident Hotel and one near Leopold Cafe.

Luggage not cleared at Taj

Even a week after the terrorist attack, authorities have not been able to clear the belongings of guests staying in the tower wing of the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower. The hotel management has invited guests to fill-up a recovery form (available on the website) listing the personal belongings that were left behind in their respective rooms.

Meanwhile, the Oberoi-Trident Hotel has begun releasing the belongings of guests at the hotel. Guests can approach the hotel between 9 am to 6 pm or call the helpline (66324343).