India: Growing concern about terrorist uses of Ammonium Nitrate

Manufacturers of AN or of fertilizer products containing AN, could confront new regulations concerning the monitoring of its production and distribution. The problem is the use made of it by terrorists, for example in the terrible blasts in Mumbai on July 13th, that left 26 dead. AN was found to be the main explosive that triggered the blasts.

Ammonium nitrate can be extracted from CAN or other fertilizers. Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizers Co. Ltd (GNVFC) manufactures about 100,000 tonnes tpa of CAN and is India’s largest producer. In virtue of this they have of course being involved in discussion with the authorities about the issue. India’s AN production is aimed for domestic consumption.

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