Friday, April 26, 2013
Components of a toy DuraTrax radio-controlled car were used to construct the bombs that exploded at the Boston Marathon, according to four local hobby store owners and managers interviewed by the agents, ABC News reported. Store owners in Massachusetts and across the border in New Hampshire told ABC News federal agents questioned them about sales of a 1.25 volt Tenergy battery used in remote and radio-controlled cars, the same kind of battery seen in evidence photos. Greg Faith, owner of Inside Out Hobbies in New Hampshire, told ABC that when he saw the evidence pictures on television, he immediately recognized the batteries and other parts used in radio-controlled cars.
“It was a remote control for toy cars,” US Representative Dutch Ruppersberger, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, told reporters after officials from the Department of Homeland Security, FBI and National Center for Counter terrorism briefed the committee. “Which says to me, and brother number two has said, they got the information on how to build the bomb from Inspire magazine.” Also from information posted on Youtube by Tampa terrorist Ahmed Mohamed who uploaded a 12-minute video in 2007 showing how to take apart a remote-control toy car and reassemble the wiring to make it into a remote detonation device. Modified firecrackers were found in the trunk of Tampa’s Ahmed Mohamd’s car same deal as in Boston the T’ brothers copied Mohamed’s blueprint for a bomb with toy car control trigger with firecrackers.
Inspire was created by the American-Yemeni preacher Anwar al-Awlaki, a leader of al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen who was killed in a US drone strike with boy toy Samir Khan. Mr Ruppersberger said the article on bomb-building in Inspire was headlined: “How to build a bomb in your mom’s kitchen.” The devices were not sophisticated and had to be triggered within a few blocks of the explosives, officials told US media. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was killed in a shootout with police. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, lies wounded in a Boston hospital and has been providing some information to authorities.
The video’s narrator, a graduate student at the University of South Florida, said the device helped “to save one who wants to be a martyr for another battle,” the prosecutor said. Youssef Megahed and Ahmed Mohamed were indicted Aug. 31 2007 in Tampa and charged with illegally transporting explosive materials. Mohamed also is charged with teaching and demonstrating how to make an explosive device. The video was uploaded onto YouTube, but later removed by the Web site.