Ahmedabad: Police defused 18 bombs found near the main diamond markets in Surat and issued a sketch of a young man believed to be linked to one of two explosives-filled cars discovered there.
The announcement came as authorities in a Mumbai suburb probed ties to a series of blasts over the weekend that killed 42 people and wounded 183 in Ahmedabad, 280 kilometre north of Surat.
Authorities said four cars, two used in Saturday’s Ahmedabad attack and the two found in Surat on Tuesday were stolen in July from a Mumbai suburb, Navi Mumbai.
Police said they believe the bombers used Navi Mumbai as the headquarters to plan the attack because they believed their activities would likely go undetected in the nondescript suburb.
Meanwhile, in Rajasthan, police defused three crude bombs hidden inside plastic containers in a village about 300 kilometres north of Jaipur, said Harilal Sharma, a local senior police official.
Authorities are investigating the computer of a 48-year-old American citizen living in Mumbai to find out if an e-mail claiming responsibility for the attack was sent from it, or if unknown attackers accessed his wireless Internet connection.
Police seized Kenneth Haywood’s computer Monday after tracing an e-mail claiming responsibility for the attack to the machine. Police said Tuesday that Haywood was not a suspect and it appeared the bombers had accessed his wireless network connection to send the e-mail.
Singh said anyone on the two floors below Haywood’s 15th floor apartment could have accessed his network.