NY TIMES....A crude car bomb of propane, gasoline and fireworks was discovered in a smoking Nissan Pathfinder (that had been stolen) in the heart of Times Square on Saturday evening, prompting the evacuation of thousands of tourists and theatergoers on a warm and busy night. Although the device had apparently started to detonate, there was no explosion, and early on Sunday the authorities were still seeking a suspect and motive.
AL-QAEDA WEBSITE POSTS TODAY….On the night of the operation # Dear AC:They are obligatory / Abu Dijana al-Khorasani. The suicide bomber who killed seven C.I.A. officers and a Jordanian spy in Khost was a double agent who was taken onto the base in Afghanistan because the Americans hoped he might be able to deliver top members of Al Qaeda’s network was Humam Khalil Mohammed aka Abu Dujana al-Khorasani.
Members of the Police Department’s bomb squad donned protective gear, broke the stolen Pathfinder’s back windows and sent in a “robotic device” to “observe” it, said Deputy Commissioner Paul J. Browne, the police department’s chief spokesman. Inside, they discovered three canisters of propane like those used for barbecue grills, two five-gallon cans of gasoline (see photo above), consumer-grade fireworks — the apparent source of the “pops” — and two clocks with batteries, the mayor said.
The license plates on the Nissan were registered to another vehicle — a Ford f-150 pickup truck that was taken to a junkyard near Bridgeport, Conn., within the last two weeks, according to a law enforcement official. The previous owner of the Ford was interviewed Saturday night by the F.B.I., but it did not appear he was regarded as a suspect. Still, the junkyard was considered a primary target of the initial investigation.
The S.U.V.’s standard vehicle identification number had been removed, Mr. Bloomberg said, and investigators were scouring it to see if the number appeared elsewhere, MORE FROM THIS SOURCE........
Bomb squad officers also discovered a two-by-two-by-four foot metal box — described as a “gun locker” — in the Nissan Pathfinder SUV that was taken to the police department’s firing range at Rodman’s Neck in the Bronx to be destroyed, Mr. Kelly said. It was not immediately known what, if anything, was inside it.
Officials said they have no reports of anyone seen running from the vehicle. Mr. Kelly said police were scouring the area for any additional videotapes but noted that the SUV’s windows were tinted, which could further hamper any efforts to identify those inside. Some of the surveillance cameras nearby were located in closed businesses, and the mayor made clear it would take time to review all available tapes.
The theater district in London was the target of a Muslim propane bomb attack in 2007. No one was injured when police discovered two Mercedes loaded with nails packed around canisters of propane and gasoline. Officials said the device found Saturday was crudely constructed, but Islamic militants have used propane and compressed gas for years to enhance the force of explosives.
Those instances with car bombs filled with propane tanks include the 1983 Muslim suicide attack on the U.S. Marines barracks at the Beirut airport that killed 241 U.S. service members, and the 2007 Muslim terrorist attack on the international airport in Glasgow, Scotland, see photo above. British police had initially appealed for help in tracing movements of a green Jeep Cherokee SUV in the days before it rammed an airport terminal in Glasgow on Saturday. The Muslim driver of the vehicle, who set himself on fire, died.In 2007 the U.S. military announced that an Al Qaeda front group was using propane to rig car bombs in Iraq, more from this source...
SEE MY PRIOR POST...Saturday, May 03, 2008, AL-QAEDA'S CAR BOMB RING IN AMERICA. In his July5, 2005 testimonybefore the Senate Banking Committee, terrorism expert Steven Emerson made a chilling prophecy. He said that hewould not be surprised someday to find an international network of stolen car rings raising money for terrorism,and shipping cars to the Middle East to be made into car bombs (GLASGOW, LONDON, IRAQ).
Emerson did not know that Bill Warner, a Florida Private Investigator had been secretly working on this issue since 2002. Warner has uncovered documentary evidence that stolen cars from Florida were being shipped to Al-Qaeda front companies in Dubai, U.A.E., Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and Aqqaba, Jordan. Warner says, "This is the used car dealer racket, the dealer is never shown as the registered owner of the car. There is nothing for an intelligence agency to trace. It happens all the time.
Chevy and Ford SUV’s may have been the vehicle ofchoice for transporting terrorists, but when it came to car bombs, AL Qaeda had a clear favorite, also American made: GMC Suburbans. These vehicles were strong enough to be packed with a heavy load of explosives with out flattening the springs and giving away the threat to an American sentry. According to Interpol, a GMC SUV can carry 4000 pounds of explosives, vs. 1000 pounds for a luxury car, vs. 500pounds for a Japanese compact
Bill Warner Director of CSPI..Covert Surveillance by Private Investigators at WBI Inc.