Mumbai: Indian police found six crude bombs near a train station in Mumbai, the city where 187 people were killed last year in a series of bombings on its commuter rail network, news reports said Wednesday.
There were no indications that the bombs found late Tuesday were as sophisticated as those that wreaked havoc in Mumbai, India’s financial and entertainment capital, in July 2006. The CNN-IBN television news station said they were crude devices and were found near a train station in Andheri, a neighborhood in northern Mumbai.
The bombs were recovered hours before the victorious Indian cricket team arrived in Mumbai from South Africa and were taken in a procession to a stadium where they were feted for winning the Twenty20 tournament on Monday.
No one claimed responsibility for planting the bombs. Police and security forces in the city were on high alert.
Last month, an Indian court formally charged 13 men with crimes in connection with their alleged role in the train bombings. Police say the 13 men, along with 15 others who are still at large, plotted and carried out the attacks.
According to the charges, the men are members of Lashkar-e-Tayyaba, an Islamic militant group based in Pakistan, and the Students’ Islamic Movement of India, or SIMI, a banned group based in northern India.
Lashkar-e-Tayyaba is one of the largest of a dozen Islamic militant groups fighting to oust India from Kashmir, a Himalayan territory divided between India and Pakistan.
All 13 men are Muslim Indians, while 10 of the 15 still at large are from Pakistan. Two others allegedly involved were killed.