The lead agent in charge of investigating the deadly Boston Marathon bombings this week has reported that the agency now believes that the bombs were hidden inside pressure cookers. A pressure cooker is a device common in many kitchens, a sealed pot that helps to cook foods faster and more evenly with no loss of moisture. Unfortunately, the FBI reports that pressure cookers also have become popular with deranged individuals seeking the perfect ingredients for creating bombs that can do the most damage to people.
When used to construct a bomb device, pressure cookers make even weaker explosives more deadly. Pressure cookers are also able to contain metal shards, BB pellets and other small devices that are then hurled forcefully into the air when the bomb explodes. Pressure cookers can also hold more deadly shrapnel than traditional pipe bombs.
Police sources report that a pressure cooker bomb can be built for around $100 and have been used in the past in deadly bombings that took place in Nepal, India and Pakistan.
The online magazine published by the terrorist group AlQueda gives complete instructions for designing a bomb right at home in the kitchen. Evidence of the pressure cooker bombs detonated in Boston are currently being analyzed by FBI experts.
Boston bombs hidden
CBC reports, the bombs were probably hidden from view inside a black nylon backpack or duffel bag, Rick Deslauriers, the head of the FBI’s Boston division, told a media briefing late Tuesday afternoon.
“The bag would have been heavy because of the components believed to be in it,” he said.
Pieces of black nylon and fragments of BBs and nails have been recovered from the scene.
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