Experts speak on Boston Bombings

Posted by hct16 at Apr 18, 2013 04:10 PM |
Dr John Bond and Dr Simon Bennett both comment on the Boston Bombings
Experts speak on Boston Bombings

Dr John W Bond OBE

Dr John Bond, from the Alec Jefferys Forensic Science Institute at the University of Leicester, has commented on the Boston Bombings that occurred earlier this week.

Dr Bond explains that finding fingerprints on shell casing and IEDs is extremely difficult due to the high levels of heat that is usually generated during an explosion.

However, University of Leicester researchers have created a new technique to find such fingerprints.

Dr Bond states that from the film footage of the Boston Bombings, it was evident that the explosion used was a low power explosive – this indicates the bomb was of the home-made variety.

The materials to make such a bomb are readily available in US shops.

In this case the homemade bombs included ball bearings and nails, therefore its intent was to maim and kill rather than to simply disrupt the marathon.

Dr Bond comments:

From the fragments that remain, the FBI would be hoping to get a fingerprint or DNA profile of the person who made up the device but, as our research has shown, this can be problematic without the right knowledge of how to look for DNA and fingerprints in materials subjected to environmental extremes.


Dr Simon Bennett, Director of the Civil Safety and Security Unit at the University of Leicester also spoke out about the Boston Bombings.

Dr Simon Bennett
Dr Simon Bennett
He says that the attacks could have been the work of any number of malcontents, from al-Qaeda to a home-grown neo- Nazi group.

He also refers to the pipe bomb attack at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and the devasting attack by a far-right activist, Timothy McVeigh, on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995,  that killed 168 people.

Dr Simon Bennett said:

The fact that there were two bombs points to al-Qaeda with its liking for simultaneity.In terms of whether we are more unsafe now than before, he says  such attacks should be seen in context. The chances of being killed in a domestic accident are orders of magnitude greater than those of being murdered by a terrorist.