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Pressure cooker bomb in recent New York bombing similar to one used in Boston Marathon, al-Qaeda literature.

Last Sunday, the US experienced a series of attacks including bombings in New Jersey and New York as well as a stabbing spree in a mall in Minnesota. The first bombing used a relatively rudimentary pipe bomb, however, the second bombing used a significantly more intricate pressure cooker bomb. These pressure cooker bombs bear a strikingly similar resemblance to the Boston Marathon bombs and are possibly based off a design from the al-Qaeda magazine, Inspire.

If the name "pressure cooker bomb" seems familiar, that is because this is not the first time such a design has been used to wreak havoc in America. The explosions that killed three and injured nearly 300 in the Boston Marathon of 2013 were from a very similar device. One of the brothers that orchestrated the Boston Marathon attacks, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, admitted to investigators that he and his brother learned how to make the pressure cooker bombs by reading Inspire.

The designs for the pressure cooker bombs in New York, while not confirmed, can be assumed to originate from Inspire Magazine. This is al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)'s online English-language propaganda magazine. Inspire is one of the many ways that al-Qaeda attempts to reach its audience online and it specifically targets young English-speaking readers.

It is believed that numerous international and domestic militants have used improvised explosives designs from this magazine to perform attacks. Inspire has been operating since 2010 and is important for all of al-Qaeda's branches and affiliates, not just AQAP. The magazine used to broadcast messages from the group's now-deceased leader, Osama Bin Laden.

Gawker mentions in the summer of 2010 that Inspire published an article in their "Open Source Jihad" section titled, "Make a bomb in the kitchen of your mom". This piece included detailed instructions on how to construct a pressure cooker bomb. While there isn't any definitive evidence that the orchestrator of the recent attacks used this design, the similarities are strikingly coincidental. The pressure cooker bombs found in New York were reportedly filled with shrapnel to maximize casualties and built with flip phones and Christmas lights to set off the device, according to law enforcement officials . These design aspects are specifically suggested in Inspire. The pressure cooker bomb that did explode was powerful enough to launch the metal garbage dumpster that it was placed in.

The image on the left is a design found in an al-Qaeda magazine and the image on the right is the intact bomb from New York from Twitter (Twitter@NYCityAlerts)

At approximately 9:30 AM local time last Sunday, one out of three pipe bombs wired together detonated in a garbage can in the US city of Seaside Park, New Jersey . That night, an explosion believed to be from a pressure cooker style bomb exploded in New York City's Chelsea neighborhood. Police later found an intact bomb of a similar style several blocks away from the site of the previous explosion. A third attack followed as a man entered the Crossroads mall in Minnesota and stabbed nine people. Three attacks conducted in 12 hours have plagued American cities and have left investigators searching for answers.

The sole suspected orchestrator of the recent attacks, Ahmad Khan Rahami , was taken in custody Monday morning after being wounded in a gunbattle with police.

DL

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