The U.K. Daily Mail is one of many media outlets reporting that the two bombs used in yesterday’s bombing are similar to those commonly used in Afghanistan and Pakistan:
The two bombs that killed three people and injured at least 176 at the Boston Marathon on Monday were made from six-liter pressure cookers crammed with shards of metal, nails and ball bearings and stashed in black backpacks, police sources revealed today.
The cruelly-designed bombs have ‘frequently’ been used in Afghanistan, India, Nepal and Pakistan, according to a 2010 Homeland Security Department pamphlet – hinting at the origins of the bombers behind the worst terrorist atrocity in the U.S. since 9/11.
When the devices exploded near the crowded Boston Marathon finish line around 2.50pm on Monday, victims suffered as many as 40 shrapnel wounds each and at least 10 people needed amputations. Witnesses described seeing body parts flying through the air and shoes that ‘still had flesh in them’.
Sources added to CNN that a timer was likely used to activate one of the bombs.
Although no group has yet claimed responsibility for the attacks, similar devices were used in the failed 2010 attempt to bomb Times Square by Faisal Shahzad, who admitted he had undergone bomb-making training at a militant Islamist faction camp in Pakistan.
I would think it to be a significant lapse of security that devices as large as two six-liter pressure cookers could get through the crowd and be deployed without being detected. We also don’t seem to have any decent leads at this point, other than the Saudi who now seems to be a victim instead of a suspect, and the alleged “black guy with a black sweatshirt” declared a “person of interest” and mentioned by some sources yesterday.
Anybody who knows of a black guy who has traveled to “Pock-i-stan,” and who may have had contact with terrorists may want to consider contacting authorities.