Saturday, February 21, 2009

Greek Car Bomb Failed Due to Faulty Wiring

Via ekathimerini (Greece) -

The 60-kilo car bomb left outside the offices of Citibank in Kifissia on Wednesday was intended to explode but did not because of a mistake in its wiring, police sources said yesterday.

Forensic tests indicate that the bomb failed to explode despite the fact that most of the detonators were activated, which appears to dispel speculation that the device was not meant to go off.

Although Revolutionary Struggle is suspected, no group has yet claimed responsibility for planting the bomb, which consisted of explosives that were packed in five propane gas canisters attached to two mechanical clocks, batteries and detonators.

The explosives were made from a mixture of ammonium nitrate fuel oil (ANFO), which is a common explosive used in mining and quarrying. But sources said that tests have revealed that the substance was made by the terrorists and did not come from an industrial source.

Anti-terrorist squad officers had investigated the possibility that the ANFO was part of a batch stolen from a construction company in Grevena. But the tests carried out by forensic experts indicate the explosive was made with agricultural-grade ammonium nitrate, which is a widely used fertilizer that the terrorists purchased through regular channels.

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