Local counterterrorism expert believes Boston Marathon explosions work of terrorists
Kareem Elgazzar, WCPO Digital
7:07 PM, Apr 15, 2013
12:48 AM, Apr 16, 2013
BATAVIA, Ohio - A local counterterrorism expert believes the explosions that rocked Boston Monday fit the mold of a terrorist attack, but whether it was homegrown or transnational is still in question.
Ed Bridgeman, a counter terrorism expert at the University of Cincinnati's Clermont College, said there's no question it was a terrorist bombing.
"The placement of the devices at the finish line, where you have the most people and the most media, and the timing – it wasn't at the end when the first couple good runners are coming across – this is when you got people bunched up," Bridgeman said. "All of it looks as an intentional, absolutely terrorist-type bombing."
Two bombs exploded near the finish of the Boston Marathon, killing two people, injuring 22 others and sending authorities rushing to aid wounded spectators, race organizers and police said.
It was not immediately clear what kind of devices had been found Monday. Boston officials said the first two did appear to be bombs, perhaps placed in trash cans along the marathon route.
"(Trash cans provide) good shrapnel, it's a secondary value from the device," Bridgeman said. "It's also a good place to hide that. How many people go digging through the trash to see what's in there?"
But there's no indication who was behind the explosions.
"This type of event is attractive to either domestic or transnational terrorists," Bridgeman said. "They've hit us where we do business, with the World Trade Center, they've hit us where we do government, at the Pentagon, and I've said recreational events are the next logical progression."
Recreational and sporting events are soft targets for terrorists, Bridgeman said. There was no word on the motive or who may have launched the attack, and police said no suspect was in custody.
Authorities in Washington said there was no immediate claim of responsibility.
I-Team reporter Jason Law contributed to this report.