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Evidence points to 'lone wolf' terrorist in Boston Marathon bombing

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
April 17th, 2013
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There is growing evidence that the person who detonated the devices in the Boston Marathon that killed three people and left dozens injured is the work of a "lone wolf," a terrorist working alone. Investigators say the devices were constructed with readily available ingredients and followed a "do-it-yourself" plan. The intelligence community dreads the prospect of a lone terrorist, as they typically leave no trace or trail to follow.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Authorities say that the formula seems very similar to one that al-Qaeda has recommended to its supporters. The bomb is easily constructed and is very difficult to trace. The bomb has also been adapted by extreme right-wing individuals in the United States.

The device used in the Boston Marathon used some sort of timing device, a basic mixture of explosives and some sort of metal container containing nails and other projectiles. Ball bearings and nails were recovered at the scene, and had possibly been contained in a pressure cooker.

According to one federal law enforcement source, the devices contained "low-velocity improvised explosive mixture -- perhaps flash-powder or sugar chlorate mixture likely packed with nails or shrapnel."

In addition, the yellowness of the flame probably came from carbon or some organic fuel such as sugar that contains it. One expert who is frequently consulted by the FBI and other government agencies said the white smoke made it "unlikely that a military-grade high explosive, such as those used in shells and bombs, which is usually grey or black, was used."

It is highly likely that gun powder was also used in the devices, U.S. Rep. Mike McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee says.

Since these materials are readily available at any supermarket, they can't be easily traced. Al-Qaeda in its English-language online magazine Inspire says that such "ingredients are readily available" and they are "easily disposed of if the enemy searches your home."

"How to Make a Bomb in Your Mom's Kitchen," published in a 2010 edition of Inspire, has been downloaded by Islamist militants plotting terrorist attacks in both the United States and the U.K., according to counterterrorism officials.

It must be stressed, however, that neither al-Qaeda nor any of its supporters was involved in the Boston attack. It still isn't clear whether the attack was the work of one or more individuals.

The threat of the "lone wolf" is what alarms the intelligence community the most. "This is what you worry about the most," a source with knowledge of the investigation told CNN's Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger. "No trail, no intelligence."

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