Pressure cooker bombs may have been used in Boston attacks

Posted at 8:05 PM, Apr 16, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-16 20:05:37-04

NEW YORK (PIX11) – A “pressure cooker” bomb plot was foiled in New York’s Times Square in 2010, but word out of Boston Tuesday indicated the two, deadly devices detonated at that city’s annual marathon on Monday were pressure cookers turned into lethal weapons.

Remnants of the bombs, which apparently were left in nylon backpacks near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, were being transported to the FBI lab in Quantico, Virginia for testing.  Doctors operating on some of the nearly 200 blast victims reported removing ball bearings and plastics from their bodies.  Numerous victims lost a limb in the explosion.

Pressure cookers–which are used in many American homes and overseas, to speed up the process of meal preparation–have been utilized by terrorists in bombings in places like Pakistan,  Afghanistan, and in one, especially fatal 2006 attack in Mumbai, India–where 130 commuters were killed in a railroad blast.

Yet New York City managed to escape disaster in 2010 in Times Square, when an alert sidewalk vendor noticed an SUV smoldering on the street. Turned out the vehicle was packed with explosives–one of them a “pressure cooker” bomb. The NYPD Bomb Squad was called in to de-activate the devices.

A Pakistani-immigrant, Faisal Shazad–who was a naturalized U.S. citizen–pleaded guilty in the plot. He had traveled to his homeland for explosives training.

Three people were killed in Monday’s twin blasts at the Boston Marathon, including 8-year old Martin Richard, who was watching the race with his family.