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London Casts Long Shadow in New York

The items were mundane, unlikely to attract much attention: ice chests, hair bleach, food preservative, commercial refrigerators and small chemical tablets like those used in the military to heat field rations. But they were all essential to the creation and delivery of the powerful backpack bombs that four men used to kill 56 people – including themselves – and wound more than 700 others on July 7 on London’s transport system, New York City police officials said yesterday. The bombs, the officials said, were packed with hexamethylene triperoxide diamine, or HMTD, a volatile explosive the men brewed themselves from the bleach, the preservatives and the heat tablets. They stored the unstable concoction in high-grade refrigerators, installed in a run-down apartment in the northern city of Leeds, to keep it cool and thus prevent it from blowing up prematurely or losing its potency; and they carried the bombs in medium to large coolers to a station in Luton where they caught a train to London, the officials said.Full Story

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