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Risch: Terrorist groups typically claim credit for their attacks, no one has done so in Boston case

Idaho Sen. Jim Risch, who serves on the Senate Intelligence Committee, was interviewed on Fox News today about the Boston Marathon bombings; Risch said he was in “a number of classified briefings today,” but instead of receiving classified information, the briefings were mostly “what we call open source,” meaning information he could share. His main point: When terrorist groups carry out attacks, they usually quickly claim credit; while when a “lone wolf” or “some deranged American person” is responsible, they typically don’t. No one has claimed responsibility for the Boston bombings. Risch told Fox’s Neil Cavuto the case appears reminiscent of the 1996 Olympics bombing in Atlanta, which was the first of four bombings carried out by Eric Rudolph, who was apprehended in 2003; the Atlanta bombing killed two people and injured 111.

Cavuto asked Risch whether the use of pressure cookers in the devices detonated in Boston suggested a foreign origin, since those are commonly used in IEDs in Afghanistan and elsewhere. Risch said no. “The pressure cooker device is commonly used in Afghanistan and Pakistan and India, but that’s because it is a cooking utensil that’s readily available in those countries,” he said. However, it’s also featured in numerous online bomb-making tutorials and the like. “I don’t think you can say that just because it was a pressure cooker,” it’s related to those countries, Risch said. “It’s just too common on the Internet.”

None of 90 Idaho runners injured in Boston blasts

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho residents who competed in the Boston Marathon say there is no way to compare the shock and horror caused by the bomb blasts that killed three people and left another 150 injured.Fifty-four-year-old Cindy Fazzio of Kuna was one of 90 Idaho residents who competed in the storied race Monday. Fazzio says she finished the race 15 minutes before the blasts and was standing about 200 yards away. She says the first explosion caused surprise; but the second left no doubt something profound was happening. Fifty-two-year-old Michael Ehredt of Hope had finished his race and was one block away when the first bomb went off. He describes the blast like a big “firework” going off. So far, federal investigators say no one has claimed responsibility for the explosions.

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