Interesting -- the battery in the Boston bomb plot was from a remote control device as well and mirrored instructions in the al qaeda killer magazine, Inspire. These devout Muslims in the UK used Inspire as well.
Boston Marathon Bomb Made With Toy Car Parts?
Federal agents suspect components of a toy DuraTrax radio-controlled car were used to construct the bombs that exploded at the Boston Marathon Monday, according to four local hobby store owners and managers interviewed by the agents.
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 shown in evidence photos from the scene of Monday's bombing.
FBI agents also made inquires at California-based Tenergy, which makes the battery packs specifically for use in DuraTrax toy cars, a company official said.
The bombs, at least one of which was housed in a common pressure cooker, claimed three lives and injured more than 170 others near the finish line of the race Monday afternoon. No group, domestic or international, has claimed responsibility, though law enforcement sources told ABC News today they have spotted two potential suspects.
Four Islamic extremists 'plotted to drive a remote control car carrying a home made BOMB under the gates of Territorial Army base' Daily Mail, April 15, 2013 (thanks to Diane)
- Four defendants admitted one count of preparing for acts of terrorism
- Covert recordings revealed plans to use toy car to blow up TA centre
- Court heard men helped others do terrorist training in Pakistan
Terror plotters discussed sending a remote controlled toy car carrying a home made bomb under the gates of a Territorial Army centre, a court was told.
Zahid Iqbal, 31, and Mohammed Sharfaraz Ahmed, 25, spoke about using a banned terrorist manual entitled ‘Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom - by the al Qaida Chef' to make an improvised explosive device.
Woolich Crown court was played covert recordings of the pair discussing attaching a bomb to a remote controlled toy car and sending it under the gap of a gate to a Territorial Army centre in Luton.
Ringleader Zahid Iqbal (left) and Mohammed Sharfaraz Ahmed (right) were recorded discussing using a bomb fixed to a remote control car to blow up the TA centre in Luton
Iqbal, 32, and Ahmed, 25, trained in Snowdonia and Pakistan in preparation for waging jihad.
The court heard ringleader Iqbal had organised for people to travel Pakistan for extremist training, including helping Ahmed to travel to the country in March 2011, and radicalising two other defendants Umar Arshad, 24, and Syed Farhan Hussain, 22.
Inspired by Al Qaeda, Iqbal and Ahmed first plotted at attack Coalition forces in Afghanistan before choosing to target home soil when they lost their Middle East contact.
said the group were subject of a vast surveillance operation, which included placing listening devices in the cars of Iqbal and Ahmed.
On April 22, Iqbal and Ahmed were recorded discussing modifying a bomb to blow up the Territorial Army base in Luton.
Mr Hill said: ‘They discussed making an IED following instructions from an Inspire magazine which they planned to adapt,’ he said.
Umar Arshad, 24, (left) and Syed Farhan Hussain, 21, (right) were allegedly radicalised by Iqbal and Ahmed. They pleaded guilty to one charge of conduct in preparation for acts of terrorism
‘They also identified a target for such an attack, namely a Territorial Army base in their locality, although they discussed targeting multiple sites at one time,’ he said.
Iqbal is heard saying: ‘That’s what I was thinking about . . . to attach it to like a remote control car.
‘I was looking and drove past like the TA centre, Marsh Road. At the bottom of their gate there’s quite a big gap.
‘If you had a little toy car it drives underneath one of their vehicles or something.’
Ahmed then responded that it was a ‘good idea’.
A search of Iqbal’s house found a hard drive containing a number of items including a copy of 44 Ways to Support Jihad, by Anwar Al Awlaki, the court heard.
Covert recordings captured the men discussing plans to use a bomb attached to a remote control car to blow up the Luton Territorial Army Centre
A copy of banned al Qaeda magazine Inspire, was also found, including articles on bypassing airport security and transporting explosives in printer cartridges.