The hunt for the perpetrators of the triple bombing in Mumbai yesterday that killed 17 people and injured 131 has begun in earnest, Indian officials tell the Associated Press. Thus far, the Indian government has no leads and no one has claimed responsibility for the attacks. "We are not pointing a finger at this stage," Home Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram said. With wounds still fresh from the last major attack on two luxury hotels and a Jewish center in Mumbai in 2008, members of India's opposition party were more eager to assign blame. "Our message to Pakistan should be that you must dismantle the infrastructure for terrorism that you have created," said L.K. Advani, a senior leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party. Here are the clues and suspects Indian authorities and international observes are focusing on.
The clues "Ammonium nitrate had been used in the bombs," reports The New York Times. "Early evidence pointed to a timer rather than a remote trigger." Speaking to the sophistication of the terrorists, home secretary R.K. Singh said "They were not crude bombs but sophisticated devices. Only somebody who has training can assemble those devices." Neelam Deo, director of the Mumbai-based think tank Gateway House, tells the Times it's not clear if the attacks were carried out by a foreign group but says the timing of the attack, so quickly after the assassination of Ahmed Wali Karzai, could provide a clue. “I am not sure that it’s a plot hatched with foreign connections,” she said. “What I think might be more the case that these guys had an agenda with some sort of timing in mind.” The AP reports that "surveillance cameras were in place at all three blast sites" but Indian officials have not revealed what they have revealed.