July 29, 2005

India says bomb was cause of deadly train blast

By Sharat Pradhan

LUCKNOW, India (Reuters) - Police in India said on Friday
that an explosion in a train that left 13 people dead and
dozens wounded was caused by a bomb planted in a toilet.

Indian railway officials had earlier suggested the blast
late on Thursday near Jaunpur town in northern Uttar Pradesh
state may have been caused by a cooking gas cylinder, sometimes
carried by villagers on trains.

But bomb experts discounted this on Friday.

"There is enough evidence to confirm the use of RDX
explosive," a member of a police bomb squad, who did not want
to be named, told Reuters from the site.

Uttar Pradesh Home (interior) Secretary Alok Sinha said
authorities did not have any specific leads on who was behind
the blast which occurred in an unreserved coach.

"It certainly is not an accident. It is some explosive
planted in the coach," Sinha told Reuters.

"But who could have been behind it has not been

The RDX high explosive -- also known as hexogen -- has been
used by militants fighting Indian rule in disputed Kashmir and
in the country's restive northeast region. The rebels have
frequently targeted trains in the past.


In Thursday's explosion, witnesses said some bodies were
flung from the door of the moving train after the explosion.

"I was waiting in my car at the railway crossing and there
was suddenly a big bang," Vineet Tiwari said.

"I got out and went closer. It was a horrible sight. People
were lying with their limbs severed. Others were crying and
screaming," he said over the telephone.

Police said at least 20 of the 46 wounded were in critical

In 2000, just before India's independence day on Aug. 15, a
bomb went off in a train in Uttar Pradesh, killing 12 people
and wounding 37. New Delhi blamed Muslim militants backed by
Pakistan's spy agency for the blast.