By Euro Weekly News Media •
Published: 18 Apr 2013 • 9:05
A pressure cooker allegedly used for bombs during Sunday’s Boston Marathon was made in Spain.
Authorities said at a press conference that they had found destroyed parts of a Fagor-made pressure cooker as well as a detonator and cables that they believed were used to set off the explosive devices during the race, which claimed the lives of three people and injured 180.
Sara de la Hera, vice president of sales and marketing at Fagor, said that her company sells about 50,000 pressure cookers in the United States annually. The FBI have a six litre model in their possession and they are trying to find out where the appliance was purchased.
The cooker’s top was actually discovered on the roof of a hotel building near where the device was placed, authorities said.
Pressure cookers have been used by terrorists to fabricate bombs in Afghanistan, Iraq, India and Nepal. According to a Spanish government terrorism report, these improvised artifacts have been used more than 200 plots and actual terrorist attacks in the United States from 2001 to 2011.
One counterterrorism expert has likened the attack to the Madrid commuter train bombings.
They were coordinated attacks that used multiple explosive devices which killed 191 people and wounded 1,800 on March 11th, 2004 and were attributed to al Qaeda.
However, the FBI has cautioned against jumping to any conclusions that the bombing was the result of Islamic-inspired terrorism. ‘It could be a white supremacist group. We just don’t know,’ an agent stated.
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