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Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Chechen Muslim brothers accused of the Boston Marathon bombings, appear to be part of that “flood.”
The FBI and intelligence agencies are investigating how the Tsarnaevs became radicalized to the point where they placed two pressure cooker improvised explosive devices (IEDs) on Boylston Street near the finish line of the iconic race.
Tamerlan, 26, had a YouTube account that featured clips on terrorism and radical Islamic leaders, such as Feiz Mohammed, a cleric in Australia. His 19-year-old brother, Dzhokhar, maintained a Russian social media page that paid homage to radical Muslims.
A pressure cooker bomb is a calling card of Islamist militants. Constructed as anti-personnel IEDs intended to maim as many as possible, they have turned up wherever Islamist terrorists are active Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, North Africa and South Asia.
The Department of Homeland Security became so alarmed about the increasing use of easily obtained pressure cookers that it issued a bulletin in 2004 that said, in part:
“Typically, these bombs are made by placing TNT or other explosives in a pressure cooker and attaching a blasting cap at the top of the pressure cooker. The size of the blast depends on the size of the pressure cooker and the amount of explosive placed inside.
“Pressure cooker bombs are made with readily available materials and can be as simple or as complex as the builder decides. These types of devices can be initiated using simple electronic components including, but not limited to, digital watches, garage door openers, cellphones or pagers. As a common cooking utensil, the pressure cooker is often overlooked when searching vehicles, residences or merchandise crossing the U.S. Borders.”
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