Sunday, May 2, 2010

Failed VBIED in New York's Times Square

Police found an "amateurish" but potentially powerful bomb that apparently began to detonate but did not explode in a smoking sport utility vehicle in Times Square, authorities said Sunday.

Thousands of tourists were cleared from the streets for 10 hours after two vendors alerted police to the suspicious vehicle, which contained three propane tanks, fireworks, two filled 5-gallon gasoline containers, and two clocks with batteries, electrical wire and other components, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said.


Audiotape purportedly from Qari Hussain Mehsud, who takes credit for the failed car bombing in New York City. Qari Hussain is a senior leader and master bomb maker in the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan (TTP).

Qari Hussain Mehsud, the top bomb maker for the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, said he takes "fully responsibility for the recent attack in the USA." Qari Hussain made the claim on an audiotape accompanied by images that was released on a YouTube website that calls itself the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan News Channel.

The tape has yet to be verified, but US intelligence officials contacted by The Long War Journal believe it is legitimate. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan News Channel on YouTube was created on April 30. Officials believe it was created to announce the Times Square attack, and Qari Hussain’s statement was pre-recorded.


My first take is whoever did this didn’t have a whole lot of training, if any. And could have solely gone off manuals they’ve found on the net. There are ample training materials out there from all manner of terrorist groups and crazies. And plenty of things that outline how to build a device just like this. That said they knew enough to try to take identifying markers off the vehicle. However, this too can be found in a number of online guides. Anyway, my point is that it is far more difficult to get something to go boom (for the average untrained person) than what people think.

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