Brussels bombers prepared ‘satanic cocktail’ from ordinary ingredients

Brussels bombers prepared ‘satanic cocktail’ from ordinary ingredients
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[Ed. – Of course they did.  So did the 9/11 attackers.  We can’t ban everything just so it won’t be easily available to terrorists.]

An empty apartment block on a quiet street turned out to be the perfect place for the three suspected Brussels attackers to prepare the home-made nail bombs used in Tuesday’s airport and metro attacks that killed at least 31 people.

In a building undergoing renovation, there were no near neighbours to notice them taking in large quantities of strong-smelling household chemicals, as well as a suitcase of nails, to concoct an unstable white explosive powder known as TATP, or triacetone triperoxide, that they later used in their attacks. …

Their choice of low-cost explosives — among ingredients are drain cleaner and nail varnish remover — apparent knowledge of chemistry and ability to set up in an apartment 15 minutes drive from the airport should offer clues about IS bombmaking methods to investigators struggling to understand how the Syria-based group built a violent network of radicalised young Belgians. …

TATP appears to be Islamic State’s explosive of choice.

However, unlike the smuggled firearms also used in the Paris attacks that killed 130 people, TATP offers no easy trail for European intelligence agents to track because purchasing the ingredients is easily done at any local hardware store or pharmacy and rarely attracts attention.

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