A pressure cooker bomb warning was issued in the U.S in 2010

A pressure cooker bomb warning was issued in the U.S in 2010
April 17th, 2013  

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A pressure cooker bomb warning was issued in the U.S in 2010
The bombs used to attack the Boston Marathon appear to have been homemade improvised explosive devices (IEDs) made with components easily available in chain big box retail or hardware stores. The Department of Homeland Security warned in 2010 about the devices finding their way to the U.S. after seeing them used in insurgencies in Afghanistan, India, Nepal, and Pakistan.

Surgeons at hospitals in Boston who worked on bomb victims told the Boston Globe that they removed large numbers of pellets, small BBs, and headless nails from patients. These bombs, say a federal law enforcement official, were made out of six-liter pressure cookers stuffed with a “low-velocity improvised explosive mixture,” shrapnel, and a timer.

According to HLS News wire an unclassified Department of Homeland Security Infosheet from 2010 sent to law enforcement officials nationwide warned of pressure cooker bombs. Federal officials expressed concern that homegrown American terrorists or overseas fighters could bring the use of the weapons home. Crude IEDs with initiators, shrapnel, and explosives hidden inside can be constructed with relatively little effort; a quick Google search found multiple websites and torrents offering instructions on how to construct them. The aborted 2010 Times Square bombing also included a crude IED which used firecrackers stuffed into a pressure cooker.

The best known use of a pressure cooker bomb was in 2010, when terrorists suspected of Taliban links blew up the offices of World Vision, a Christian charity operating in Pakistan. In a pressure cooker IED-using explosion in the northwestern village of Oghi, the terrorists used the remote-detonated bomb to kill six. “They left a locally made pressure-cooker bomb that exploded soon after the attackers fled the scene, killing NGO people first by gunfire and then with the blast,” World Vision’s Liaquat Shah told the BBC....READ MORE

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