Suspect said to have used bombmaking instructions from online al Qaeda magazine


Testimony in the case of a New York bomb plot suspect has brought attention to an English-language online magazine published by al Qaeda.

CNN's Paul Cruickshank and Tim Lister report:

[The suspect, Jose] Pimentel based his design on...based his design on a 'recipe' from the online al Qaeda magazine 'Inspire' entitled "How to Build a Bomb in Your Mom's Kitchen," published in the summer of 2010.

According to the article in 'Inspire,' which runs to eight pages and includes photographs and sketches, the advantages of the recipe were that it used readily available ingredients that would not arouse suspicion and could easily be "disposed of if the enemy searches your home."

The article included images of holes being drilled in a pipe. It ends: 'In this article we covered one of many ideas for the lone mujahid."

The magazine launched in July 2010. Marc Ambinder of The Atlantic wrote about it at the time.

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