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5 bombs found in Dharwad, Karnataka

Vicky Nanjappa | September 26, 2008 15:50 IST
Last Updated: September 26, 2008 21:14 IST


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A fifth bomb has been found in Dharwad in north Karnataka, a city which is around 400 km from Bengaluru [Images]. All the five bombs have been found around the Singanahalli bridge and the police now say that the main intention was to blow up the bridge and cause panic in the area.

Although the bomb disposal squad is yet to reach the spot, the police in the area say that one of the bombs with a detonator was connected to a cylinder. The wire connecting the bomb is around 500 mt. The rest of the bombs the police suspect contained ammonium nitrate and was to be triggered off by a cellphone. 

The place at which the bombs have been placed is interesting. The road on which the bomb has been placed is the road connecting Karwar and Goa [Images].

Local residents of the area told rediff.com that this was the closest route to Goa and there is plenty of traffic on this route, especially tourists. Moreover, it is close to Castle Rock, a place bordering Karnataka and Goa. Castle Rock is incidentally the place where Students Islamic Movement of India activists hatched the plan to execute Operation BAD and also the blasts at Jaipur [Images].

While police personnel have surrounded the area where the bombs have been found, ironically, the bomb disposal squad is yet to reach the area.

Reports suggest that the bomb disposal squad, which was intimated minutes after the first bomb was detected, is expected to reach the spot in the next half an hour. It is a five-hour drive between Bengaluru and Dharwad and the question that is now being asked is why weren't these men flown into the area?

Meanwhile, the bomb detection squad from Belgaum has been pressed into service. This squad has detected five bombs, but the members of this squad lack the expertise to defuse bombs.

News of the bombs has created a scare among the residents of Hubli and Dharwad the twin cities, which have been on the terror radar ever terror training camps were unearthed in these areas.






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