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  •  Photos Of Injuries - Not So "Primitive" A Bomb? (6+ / 0-)

    I'd say that the bomb must have placed under the edge of a planter or fountain or some other heavy masonary  to throw the blast outwards and down.  Peoples' legs were severed. while their upper bodies were intact.  This seems to indicate some planning was involved.

    One guy was seen conscious and being wheeled from the scene in a wheelchair with his feet blown off and the flesh blown off his leg bones below his knees.  I have seen photos of other people with similar injuries.

    Guy in the wheelchair

    (Warning: Extremely Graphic)

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    by bernardpliers on Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 05:11:18 PM PDT

    •  See note above (4+ / 0-)
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      about surgeons pulling ball bearings out of people.

      Bomb was designed to do maximum human damage.

    •  Thats horrible (4+ / 0-)
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      and Ive seen most anything there is to see on the internet.

      To think this goes on daily in Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.  

      •  FWIW That Guy Is Apparently Alive (0+ / 0-)

        He was photographed conscious and apparently alert being taken out of the area in a wheelchair (probably from the first aid tent).

        But yeah, that was a high speed explosive to completely fillet his lowers legs but leave him alive with his upper body intact.

        That site (liveleak) seems to be successor or ogrish, and they have worse than that every week or so.

        There’s always free cheddar in a mousetrap, baby

        by bernardpliers on Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 06:27:38 PM PDT

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    •  Below, a mine is suggested because of the (0+ / 0-)

      injuries, not a bomb where there would be burns

      •  I'm not convinced (1+ / 0-)
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        If someone had access to Claymore mines, they would have been in a position to do even more damage.  I don't think they'd try to shoot to maim; if the blast had directed higher it would have killed more people, and if the perp put buckshot or shrapnel or whatever in it, a blast that focused higher would have killed more people.  And military weapons (with a few exceptions) don't make big movie style flashes, unless it's on a Hollywood set and is wielded by the likes of Bruce Willis.  Home made explosives such as black powder do.

        To be honest, it seems like the kind of bomb someone who had downloaded bomb-building instructions on the internet would build.

        That's important: Both Al Queda and the first string of American right wing domestic terrorists have access to more lethal explosives.  

    •  I wish I hadn't clicked n/t (1+ / 0-)
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      by al ajnabee on Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 05:52:32 PM PDT

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    •  Planned to inflict this type of damage? (2+ / 0-)
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      From the very beginning, the reports were that most of the injuries, and the most serious injuries, are to lower legs (all the way up to and including amputations).

      It struck me immediately that the nature of the blasts may very well have been intended. Inflicting massive leg injuries at a premier running event seems more likely to be a calculated effort to cause maximum human misery rather than a coincidence of unskilled IED construction.

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      by Serpents Choice on Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 05:57:03 PM PDT

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      •  Maybe, but that would require a certain level of (3+ / 0-)

        sophistication to get the angle right.  In a case like this, where a bomb is left in a crowded area, like a trash can, it is probably a simple explosive packed with shrapnel, like the IRA used in London back in the 1980s.  

        I hate to say it, but I've seen worse carnage, but that was caused by a US air strike on an Iraqi convoy in the Gulf War that I still have nightmares about.

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        by dizzydean on Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 06:04:18 PM PDT

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        •  Yes, I have seen worse in Jerusalem (3+ / 0-)
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          and still have nightmares, and that was a long, long time ago.  People's willingness to do harm to one another for the sake of a cause or belief system never ceases to sicken me.

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          by Not A Bot on Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 06:56:43 PM PDT

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