July 26, 2008Security

The audacity of Ahmedabad’s attackers

They sent an email message (this time in good English) five minutes before setting off serial explosions, saying “stop us if you can”. And to underline their ruthlessness, the last two of their 16 bombs exploded in hospital campuses 40 minutes after the first one.

This is an archived blog post from The Acorn.

Most of the bombs were planted behind bicycles in tiffins contained in blue polythene bags while the bombs in the hospitals were placed in automobiles. The bombs were packed with timer devices and microprocessors. Preliminary reports suggest ammonium nitrate was used in the bombs.

Eyewitnesses said multiple bombs were planted within a short range, which went off within an interval of a few seconds. The idea was to attract people to the site with the first blast and then explode the other with more devastating effect. [TOI]That both recent blasts were low-intensity” perhaps suggests that moving RDX undetected across the country has become harder. Or perhaps unnecessary.

That’s because India is rather insensitive to the actual death toll. What the terrorists want to do is to make a political point: to terrorise ordinary people and send a message to political leaders. So low-intensity” the blasts might well be, but in Bangalore and in Ahmedabad, they were used in a manner calculated to maximise the terror they caused.

Despite their audacity and their tactical cleverness, the terrorists who carried out these attacks won’t get too many marks in the strategy department. For internal security has become a national, aam aadmi issue. No political party that has its eyes on coming to power can duck the issue anymore.

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