In the wake of the bloody Patriot’s Day terror attack in Boston, a jihadist magazine has recently published step-by-step instructions how to fabricate an improvised explosive device (IED) from common household items, as reported by the Associated Press.
Law enforcement investigators have determined that the bombs used at the terror attack were constructed out of standard items available at a hardware or appliance store, such as pressure cookers, carpenter’s nails, and ball bearings of various diameter.
In its “Open Source Jihad” section, Inspire magazine published instructions on how to build an IED at home under the title “How to make a bomb in the kitchen of your Mom.”
Inspire magazine is the on-line propaganda portal for the terrorist organization al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
How Was Your Afternoon, Dear…?
The AP cites that counterterrorism agencies have found that IEDs manufactured out of pressure cookers “though lethal, were neither complicated nor difficult to build” and that they have been “found in the past in jihadist plans and ‘recipes.'”
As quoted by Scott Stewart, a former special agent with the U.S. State Department and now vice president at Stratfor, a geopolitical intelligence company:
If you want to do it in a non-alerting fashion, you’d want to be subtle and spread out the purchases of gunpowder, but you could learn how, purchase the materials and construct a bomb like this in an afternoon.
There’s nothing particularly sophisticated about this attack.
Meanwhile In The Hospitals…
- Boston Medical Center continues to treat 18 of the 19 of the Boston Marathon patients, two with still in critical condition.
- At Boston Children’s Hospital, three of the ten patients remained, including a 2-year-old with a head injury and a 10-year-old in critical condition with multiple leg injuries.
- Eleven of the original 35 patients remain at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, with four listed in critical condition.
- Eleven patients remain out of 31 admitted to Massachusetts General Hospital, four of them listed as critical.
- Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center reported having 13 patients remaining out of 24 who were admitted; none are in critical condition.