April 16, 2013

Boston Bombs Were Pressure Cooker IEDs
UPD: Evidence Suggests Islamist Terrorists

US News:

A person briefed on the Boston Marathon investigation says the explosives were in 6-liter pressure cookers and placed in black duffel bags.

The person says the explosives were placed on the ground and contained shards of metal, nails and ball bearings. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing.

The person says law enforcement officials have some of the bomb components but did not yet know what was used to set off the explosives.

Thanks to Laura.

Update: NYT's confirms.

Michael McCaul, a Texas Republican who heads the House Homeland Security Committee, said the authorities believe the explosives were likely a “pressure-cooker device,” similar to improvised explosive weapons used against American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
UPDATE by Rusty: If this turns out to be true, then it's almost certainly the work of Islamist extremists who used the directions for a pressure cooker bomb as outlined in AQAP's Inspire magazine, edited by the now dead Samir Khan of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Here's an image from the September, 2010 issue of Inspire.

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As a reminder, the magazine as well as components for making a similar bomb were found in PFC Jason Abdo's room.

Raees Alam Qazi, a 20-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen from Pakistan, and his brother, Sheheryar Alam Qaz also wanted to use the same instructions in a plot to blow up tourist sites in New York City.

The magazine and bomb making instructions were widely distributed among would-be jihadis.

By Howie at 11:34 AM | Comments |