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Chemicals similar to Brussels bomb seized from Hyderabad IS suspects

more revelations:NIA officials leave a Hyderabad court on Thursday after producing the terror suspects.— Photo: K.V.S. Giri

more revelations:NIA officials leave a Hyderabad court on Thursday after producing the terror suspects.— Photo: K.V.S. Giri  

Triacetone triperoxide seized from house of one of the IS suspects

The explosives recovered from the house of one of the five Islamic State (IS) suspects, arrested from Hyderabad on Wednesday, could be similar to chemicals used by the bombers who struck at Brussels airport earlier this year, a senior National Investigation Agency (NIA) official said.

The chemical — triacetone triperoxide (TATP) — recovered from the house of Habeeb Mohammad, can be assembled from chemicals easily available in the market. Officials said it was the group’s leader, Mohammad Ibrahim Yazdani (32), who had tasked Mohammad to prepare the improvised explosive device (IED) at his house. Officials said TATP was the most preferred explosive of the IS and was also used by the Paris suicide bombers in 2015.

Partially assembled device

Mohammad, a school dropout who was dealing in computer hardware, had partially assembled the “high grade granule chemical” after experimenting on it in a large vessel, the official said.

A large number of nails, probably meant to be used as shrapnel, were also recovered from his house, the NIA official added.

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