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    Palestinian bus bomber used Boston Marathon-style pressure cooker device

    Palestinian bus bomber used Boston Marathon-style pressure cooker device

    Via The Times of Israel, Thwarted Israeli bus blast similar to Boston bombings:

    The bomb that tore through a Dan No. 240 bus in the central Israeli city of Bat Yam on December 22 was assembled in a pressure cooker and activated by cellphone, much like the devices that killed three people and wounded hundreds more during the Boston Marathon in April 2013, the Shin Bet investigation has revealed….

    The bomb, which exploded at the corner of Mivtza Sinai and Katzenelson streets in the Tel Aviv suburb of Bat Yam, caused no injuries because an alert passenger had noticed the bag containing the device left unattended by the bus’s rear door. The driver evacuated the bus, and the device was detonated as an Israeli sapper attempted to defuse it. The bus was wrecked, but there were no injuries….

    According to information released by the Shin Bet, the bomb, consisted of two kilograms of improvised explosives surrounded by nails and screws and stuffed into a pressure cooker. This was a method akin to the one used by Boston murderers, brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev. It was made popular by an al-Qaeda manual placed online.

    More on the plot, via Haaretz:

    Israeli security forces carried out a series of arrests in the West Bank city of Bethlehem following the attack, detaining members of the Islamic Jihad militant group.

    The Shin Bet believes that two of the central suspects in the plot to bomb the bus are former security prisoners in Israel: Shahada Ta’amri, 24, and his 21-year-old brother Hamdi Ta’amri, a former cadet in the Jericho Police officers’ course. Another central suspect was named as Yousef Salame, 22.

    The Israel Defense Forces and the Israel Police have also arrested Sami Harimi, a 20-year-old Palestinian who worked for a few months without legal permit at the Abulafia bakery in Jaffa.

    The suspects confessed during interrogation to planning over the course of the last few months to carry out a mass murder attack in Israel.

    They told the Shin Bet that the bomb was built by the Ta’amri brothers and Salame. It was composed of a 2 kilogram improvised explosive, nails, bolts, and an operating system attached to cellular phone to detonate by remote control.

    The bomb was passed on to Harimi, who had previously been employed at Abulafia, inside a black handbag. Harimi took the bag with him to the southern Hebron Hills area on the morning of the attack, and snuck into Israel along with a few other illegal Palestinian workers through a breach in the security fence.

    From there he caught a ride to Jaffa with an Israeli Bedouin known to police as an aide to illegal Palestinian workers. After praying at a Jaffa mosque, Harimi got on the No. 240 bus, placed the explosive in the center of the bus, disembarked, and after a few minutes called the cellular phone attached to the bomb and detonated it.

    Harimi, who was arrested in Bethlehem on December 26, confessed to his involvement and testified that the cell had planned to carry out another major attack in Tel Aviv-Jaffa within days. The arrest of the cell has prevented that attack, the Shin Bet says.

    The younger of the Ta’amri brothers gave interrogators other explosive materials weighing some 20 kilograms. The Shin Bet said that the investigation is still underway and more arrests were expected in the future.


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    Ragspierre | January 3, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    The pressure-cooker bomb is just an upgrade of the old pipe bomb.

    The basic idea is to construct a device that contains low-order explosives (i.e., black powder) until enough of the chemical energy has evolved to burst the housing. This, once it happens, produces an “explosion” that is much more violent than would be possible if the propellent were initiated without the containment.

    The kind of diabolical “creativity” needed to conceive of this is apparent, especially when you add the type of ballistic material (nails, ball-bearings, etc.) incorporated to maximize the casualties.

      CREinstein in reply to Ragspierre. | January 3, 2014 at 5:20 pm

      It is also an upgrade on the soda bomb, where you use a 2 liter bottle for the same effect but usually not terrorism related.

      Other objects used: Paint Cans, Jars, and gas tanks.

    LukeHandCool | January 3, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    Some men see things as they are and ask, “why?”

    I dream things that never were, like, maybe that pile of nails means he was just a poor, Zionism-oppressed construction worker, and ask, “why not?”

    —Anonymous progressive, rumored to be fond of American Studies.

    Immolate | January 3, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Drywall screws? Really? I perforate myself with those all the time. It’s not that bad.

    CREinstein | January 3, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    Declare a war, then leave it going but not active, when an act of terrorism happens just summary execute under the Geneva Conventions for an un-uniformed combatant committing an crime against humanity. Repeat until suddenly Terrorists are extinct.

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