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India Says Military Explosive Used in Taxi Blasts

Investigators confirmed Wednesday that two terrorist teams that wreaked havoc here this week had powered their lethal car bombs with RDX, a high-energy military explosive. The explosions of two taxis in Bombay on Monday within 15 minutes of each other — at the crowded Zaveri Bazaar jewelry hub and the historic Gateway of India monument — killed 52 people and injured more than 150 others. “We are certain that the car bombs were packed with RDX, after conducting a thorough analysis of the samples collected from the blast sites immediately after the explosions,” said Rukmini Krishnamurthy, who heads the State Forensic Laboratory in Maharashtra state. RDX is a white crystalline solid usually used in mixtures with other explosives, oils and waxes. Also known as cyclonite or hexogen, it is considered one of the most powerful military explosives. Two pounds of it can blow up a commercial aircraft. Full Story

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