NY/NJ bombs show new degree of sophistication

 
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NY/NJ bombs show new degree of sophistication

This is all manner of not good news from the NYT:

bomb that injured 29 people on Saturday in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, and another that failed to detonate, were filled with shrapnel and made with pressure cookers, flip phones and Christmas lights to set off a powerful explosive compound, law enforcement officials said on Sunday.

Both bombs appeared designed to create maximum chaos and fatalities. They also provided a trove of clues.

Late Sunday night, two law enforcement officials said that investigators stopped a car on the Belt Parkway near the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and took five people to an F.B.I. office in Manhattan for questioning in the bombing investigation. One of the officials said that all or most of them may have been from the same family and that they may have been on their way to the airport. The F.B.I. confirmed in a statement that agents and police detectives had stopped “a vehicle of interest in the investigation into Saturday’s bombing in Manhattan and that no one has been charged with any crime.”

There's a passage in the article that I did want to note:

pressure cookers have been a container of choice for many improvised explosive devices over the years. They were used in the deadly Boston Marathon bombings in 2013 based on a model in publications put out by Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen.

That is a reference to "Inspire" magazine, a publication of the al Qaeda in  the Arabian Peninsula, and specifically to an article written by Samir Khan titled "How to build a bomb in your Mom's kitchen."  (SAFE LINK to article about that piece found on Gawker.)  Meanwhile, after stumbling around to not call it "terrorism" or to claim it was a "lone wolf" attack, it looks like the lone wolf was a pack.  

The FBI took five people with possible links to the Chelsea explosion into custody Sunday night in Brooklyn as authorities shut down a busy New Jersey rail station after finding multiple pipe bombs in a garbage can, police and New Jersey officials said.

The weekend trail of terror continued along the Belt Parkway where federal agents nabbed several people of interest with a weapons stash inside an SUV, according to law enforcement sources.

The five taken into custody had come over the Verrazano Bridge from Staten Island. Investigators were trying to determine if the occupants of the SUV were about to drive out of town or take a plane, sources said.

It appears those 5 taken into custody were all family members of the guy who is wanted by the FBI:

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