Pulwama Terror Attack: Forensic Probe reveals Pakistan’s involvement
Military grade RDX used in the attack points to Pakistan
New Delhi: Preliminary report by forensic experts on Pulwama attack, in which about 45 CRPF men were killed last Thursday, has established Pakistan’s involvement. The report said that the suicide bomber had used high intensity ‘military grade’ explosives which terrorists procure from Pakistani defence forces.
In their report on preliminary findings after visiting the spot of Thursday’s ghastly attack, experts said although RDX is a “very stable” explosive and the one used in the car bomb may have been brought to India months back. The report also suggested that it was “definitely assembled” in India and that too “within a range of 5-7 km of the blast site”.
Although rain had washed away some vital evidence after the attack and a final forensic report is awaited, a senior expert claimed the RDX used in the blast could be 50-70 kg as explosives in the range of 100-300 kg would have caused “more damage”.
The expert, who is specialized in the study of IEDs and explosives used in bombings world over, has also opined that this is the “first ever such bombing” in India mirroring vehicle-borne suicide bombings carried out by Islamic State and al-Qaida terror groups in West Asian countries.
He also ruled out the Pulwama bomb being completely similar to the 2000 Badami Bagh suicide car bomb and the one used in the 2001 J&K assembly attack in which a terrorist rammed a car into the gates of the assembly before blowing it up.
“While the teenager in the Badami Bagh incident had panicked before the attack, the J&K assembly bomber also took some time to trigger the bomb,” he said.
This shows that Pulwama bomber Aadil Ahmad Dar was fully prepared mentally to blow him up along with the CRPF jawans, a theory which gives little credence to the possibility of somebody else triggering the bomb from a distance. Intelligence and investigation agencies are worried that military-grade explosives such as RDX, PETN (Pentaerythritol Tetranitrate), TNT (Trinitrotoluene) are being used by terrorists in Kashmir.