De­vice con­tained ‘mother of Satan’ ex­plo­sive used in Manch­ester bomb­ing

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES GLOBAL -

bomb that failed to det­o­nate on the Lon­don un­der­ground train con­tained the same ex­plo­sive used in the Manch­ester at­tack. Ben Wal­lace, the se­cu­rity min­is­ter, con­firmed the home­made de­vice con­tained tri­ace­tone triper­ox­ide (TATP), known as the “mother of Satan”. The moniker is earned by the in­sta­bil­ity of the ex­plo­sive, which can be ig­nited by heat, fric­tion, static or even move­ment, and has caused the deaths of sev­eral would-be bombers. “There’s po­ten­tially a very dan­ger­ous in­di­vid­ual or in­di­vid­u­als out there and we need to track them down.” Sal­man Abedi, the Manch­ester Arena bomber, built his de­vice us­ing TATP and nails. TATP, which can be made in a day us­ing chem­i­cals avail­able on the high street, has be­come a hall­mark of IS at­tacks, in­clud­ing those in Paris and Brus­sels. Ex­perts be­lieve the Lon­don de­vice was made with TATP and a “crude” de­lay timer but failed to fully ex­plode. Ma­jor Gen­eral Chip Chap­man, for­mer head of counter-ter­ror­ism, said the shock­wave from a full ex­plo­sion could have been deadly, while the sub­se­quent blast ef­fect could have killed more. “This didn’t func­tion prop­erly be­cause...one ounce of TATP is enough to blow car doors off,” he said. packed com­muter train dur­ing the Fri­day morn­ing rush hour in west Lon­don but ap­par­ently failed to det­o­nate fully. Ac­cord­ing to me­dia re­ports, the bomb was at­tached to a timer, un­like

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