Pressure-cooker bombs easy to make, often used by terrorists - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Homeland Security: Pressure-cooker bombs easy to make, often used by terrorists

Posted: Updated:
The pressure cooker bombs that exploded at the Boston Marathon have been widely used by terrorists. (Source: Homeland Security) The pressure cooker bombs that exploded at the Boston Marathon have been widely used by terrorists. (Source: Homeland Security)

(RNN) - The kind of homemade bomb used at the Boston Marathon has been used by terrorists in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nepal according to an unclassified document released by Homeland Security in 2010.

That same year, instructions on how to construct the bombs were published in an online magazine with Al-Qaeda ties.

A simple Google search also reveals multiple websites with information on how to build and detonate such a bomb.

The Homeland Security document warned the bombs were portable and easy to transport and conceal.

"Terrorists can exploit the innocuous appearance of easily transportable items such as pressure cookers to conceal IED components. Placed carefully, such devices provide little or no indication of an impending attack," the document said.

Similar bombs were used in the Mumbai train explosions that killed about 200 people in 2006. The same sorts of bombs were used in the 2010 attacks on Times Square and on World Vision International in Pakistan.

In Boston, investigators found a circuit board that they think may have triggered the bomb, according to the Boston Globe. CNN has said a timer set the bomb off and it was unlikely that a cell phone was used.

The Associated Press said a person briefed on the probe said 6-liter pressure cookers filled with ball bearings and metal was hidden inside duffel bags.

Copyright 2013 Raycom News Network. All rights reserved.

  • Boston Marathon BombingMore>>

  • Obama calls to congratulate Boston Marathon winner

    Obama calls to congratulate Boston Marathon winner

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 11:49 PM EDT2014-04-23 03:49:44 GMT
    President Barack Obama called to congratulate the winner of the Boston Marathon Meb Keflezighi.
    President Barack Obama called to congratulate the winner of the Boston Marathon Meb Keflezighi.
  • 1 year after bombs, Boston Marathon a celebration

    1 year after bombs, Boston Marathon a celebration

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 7:53 AM EDT2014-04-22 11:53:27 GMT
    Unfinished business. Defiance. Hope, strength and resilience. They used different words but the meaning was the same for thousands of people who were stopped by twin bombings at last year's Boston Marathon and...
    Unfinished business. Defiance. Hope, strength and resilience. They used different words but the meaning was the same for thousands of people who were stopped by twin bombings at last year's Boston Marathon and came...
  • American Meb Keflezighi wins Boston Marathon

    American Meb Keflezighi wins Boston Marathon

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 6:23 AM EDT2014-04-22 10:23:43 GMT
    American Meb Keflezighi has won the Boston Marathon, a year after a bombing at the finish line left three dead and more than 260 people injured.
    A year ago, an injured Meb Keflezighi watched the Boston Marathon from the stands at the finish line on Boylston Street, leaving five minutes before the bombs went off.
Powered by WorldNow

310 Broadway
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

FCC Public File
publicfile@kfvs12.com
573-335-1212
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KFVS12. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.