- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 17, 2013

One of the world’s leading experts on counterterrorism told an Australian paper Wednesday that Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings have the markings of right-wing domestic terrorists, not jihadists.

Richard Barrett, the former United Nations coordinator for the al-Qaeda and Taliban monitoring team, said it’s too early to draw any conclusions, but “[a]t the moment it looks more likely that it was a right-wing terrorist incident, rather than an al Qaeda attack because of the size of the devices.”

“This happened on Patriots’ Day,” he added, “it is also the day Americans are supposed to have their taxes in, and Boston is quite a symbolic city. These are all little indicators.”

Professor Greg Barton from Monash University’s Centre for Islam and the Modern World said there were “two big possibilities” of who was behind the attacks, the Herald Sun reports.

“There’s been at least 50 attempted terror plots since 9/11 in the US, almost all of them have been jihadi groups, but the fact that no-one’s claiming responsibility for this attack, which took place on Patriots’ Day — the day that marks the beginning of the American revolution in Boston — and the nature of the device means that the possibility of a home-grown group, somebody like Timothy McVeigh the Oklahoma City bomber who also detonated on Patriots’ Day in April 1995, is a strong possibility,” he told 3AW Radio in Melbourne, Australia.

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