WBEZ | explosions http://www.wbez.org/tags/explosions Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en French authorities say more than 100 killed in Paris attacks http://www.wbez.org/news/french-authorities-say-more-100-killed-paris-attacks-113792 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/gettyimages-497040898-edit_custom-8984ccf49ee57866754b16f70daec415d4ba3212-s800-c85.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><strong>Updated 7:54 p.m. ET</strong></p><p>A French police official is quoted by the Associated Press as saying at least 100 people have been killed inside a Paris concert hall in one of a series of attacks in and around Paris. NPR has not independently confirmed the number of victims.</p><p>NPR&#39;s Eleanor Beardsley says that French police have reportedly taken control of the concert hall, and two attackers have been killed.</p><p>The hall is one of at least three locations that have been the target of nearly simultaneous shootings or bombings today in the French capital. French media are reporting that there may have been at least seven locations attacked, but it&#39;s not clear whether sites were double counted.</p><p>Eleanor says the first attack was a shooting around 9:30 p.m. local time that took place in front of a restaurant. People in a car reportedly opened fire with Kalashnikovs.</p><p><iframe height="480" src="https://www.google.com/maps/d/embed?mid=zgUNJwkzZ8VM.kPCvPm1SocRw" width="640"></iframe></p><p>The concert hall that was attacked, called the Bataclan, has been secured by police. Two attackers there were killed. Eleanor said that police described a &quot;horror scene.&quot;</p><p>The band playing at the concert hall was American rock band Eagles of Death Metal. The band&#39;s manager released the following statement: &quot;We are still currently trying to determine the safety and whereabouts of all our band and crew. Our thoughts are with all of the people involved in this tragic situation.&quot;</p><p><iframe frameborder="0" height="600" src="https://vine.co/v/iBb2x00UVlv/embed/simple" width="600"></iframe><script src="https://platform.vine.co/static/scripts/embed.js"></script></p><p>Eleanor reported that the third attack involved two explosions near the national stadium, just outside the city, where a soccer game between Germany and France was being played. Eleanor said the stadium was being evacuated and that the police have told everyone to go home.</p><p>This video taken at the soccer game appeared to capture the sound of an explosion.</p><p>&quot;People are saying that Paris is under attack again,&quot; Eleanor said, referring to the terrorist attack that shook Paris in January.</p><p>French President Francois Hollande addressed the nation, announcing that he had declared a state of emergency and had put additional restriction on France&#39;s international borders.</p><p>The lights have been dimmed in the Eiffel Tower.</p><p>Eleanor says the city is on complete lockdown.</p><p>She said French TV is getting information from people on the scene. &quot;Many people were crying and the news channels had to cut them off because they couldn&#39;t have that kind of thing on the air to panic people because nobody really knows what&#39;s going on.&quot;</p><p>President Obama called the attack &quot;outrageous&quot; and pledged U.S. support to France.</p><p>&quot;This is an attack on all of humanity and the universal values we share,&quot; Obama said during his brief remarks. He said it was a &quot;heartbreaking situation.&quot;</p><p>Obama also said that the U.S. would help bring those responsible to justice and &quot;go after any terrorist networks that go after our people.&quot;</p><p>The U.S. men&#39;s national soccer team also showed their respect for their victims by holding a moment of silence before its game against Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.</p><p><em>We will update as more details become available. When news such as this is breaking, some reports will turn out to be incorrect. We will focus on accounts from journalists on the ground and reliable news outlets.</em></p></p> Fri, 13 Nov 2015 17:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/french-authorities-say-more-100-killed-paris-attacks-113792 Boston bombs said to be made from pressure cookers http://www.wbez.org/news/boston-bombs-said-be-made-pressure-cookers-106656 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/RS7210_AP681748281334%20%282%29-scr.jpg" style="height: 401px; width: 620px;" title="Medical workers aid injured people at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon following an explosion in Boston, Monday, April 15, 2013. (AP)" /></p><p>BOSTON &mdash; The bombs that ripped through the Boston Marathon crowd appear to have been fashioned out of ordinary kitchen pressure cookers, packed with nails and other fiendishly lethal shrapnel, and hidden in duffel bags left on the ground, investigators and others close to the case said Tuesday.</p><p>President Barack Obama branded the attack an act of terrorism, whether carried out by a solo bomber or group, and the FBI vowed to &quot;go to the ends of the Earth&quot; to find out who did it.</p><p>Scores of victims remained in Boston hospitals, many with grievous injuries, a day after the twin explosions near the marathon&#39;s finish line killed three people, wounded more than 170 and reawakened fears of terrorism. A 9-year-old girl and 10-year-old boy were among 17 victims listed in critical condition.</p><p>Officials found that the bombs consisted of explosives put in common 1.6-gallon pressure cookers, one containing shards of metal and ball bearings, the other packed with nails, according to a person close to the investigation who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was still going on. Both bombs were stuffed into duffel bags, the person said.</p><p>At a news conference, FBI agent Richard DesLauriers, FBI agent in charge in Boston, confirmed that investigators had found pieces of black nylon from a bag or backpack and fragments of BBs and nails, possibly contained in a pressure cooker. He said the items were sent to the FBI for analysis at Quantico, Va.</p><p>Pressure-cooker explosives have been used in international terrorism, and have been recommended for lone-wolf operatives by Al-Qaida&#39;s branch in Yemen. But information on how to make the bombs is readily found online, and U.S. officials said Americans should not rush to judgment in linking the attack to overseas terrorists.</p><p>DesLauriers said that there had been no claim of responsibility for the attack, and that the range of suspects and motives was &quot;wide open.&quot;</p><p>Throughout the day, he and other law enforcement authorities asked members of the public to come forward with any video or photos from the marathon or anything suspicious they might have witnessed, such as hearing someone express an interest in explosives or a desire to attack the marathon, or seeing someone carrying a dark heavy bag at the race.</p><p>&quot;Someone knows who did this,&quot; the FBI agent said.</p><p>The bombs exploded 10 or more seconds apart, tearing off victims&#39; limbs and spattering streets with blood, instantly turning the festive race into a hellish scene of confusion, horror and heroics.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP722040439462.jpg" style="float: right; height: 179px; width: 300px;" title="FBI agents gather near the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Boston Tuesday, April 16, 2013. (AP)" />The blasts killed 8-year-old Martin Richard of Boston, 29-year-old Krystle Campbell of Medford, Mass., and a third victim, identified only as a graduate student at Boston University.</p><p>Doctors who treated the wounded corroborated reports that the bombs were packed with shrapnel intended to cause mayhem.</p><p>&quot;We&#39;ve removed BBs and we&#39;ve removed nails from kids. One of the sickest things for me was just to see nails sticking out of a little girl&#39;s body,&quot; said Dr. David Mooney, director of the trauma center at Boston Children&#39;s Hospital.</p><p>At Massachusetts General Hospital, all four amputations performed there were above the knee, with no hope of saving more of the legs, said Dr. George Velmahos, chief of trauma surgery.</p><p>&quot;It wasn&#39;t a hard decision to make,&quot; he said. &quot;We just completed the ugly job that the bomb did.&quot;</p><p>Obama plans to visit Boston on Thursday to attend an interfaith service in honor of the victims. He has traveled four times to cities reeling from mass violence, most recently in December after the schoolhouse shooting in Newtown, Conn.</p><p>In the wake of the attack, security was stepped up around the White House and across the country. Police massed at federal buildings and transit centers in the nation&#39;s capital, critical response teams deployed in New York City, and security officers with bomb-sniffing dogs spread through Chicago&#39;s Union Station.</p><p>Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano urged Americans &quot;to be vigilant and to listen to directions from state and local officials.&quot; But she said there was no evidence the bombings were part of a wider plot.</p><p>Pressure-cooker explosives have been used in Afghanistan, India, Nepal and Pakistan, according to a July 2010 intelligence report by the FBI and the Homeland Security Department. One of the three devices used in the May 2010 Times Square attempted bombing was a pressure cooker, the report said.</p><p>&quot;Placed carefully, such devices provide little or no indication of an impending attack,&quot; the report said.</p><p>Investigators said they have not yet determined what was used to set off the Boston explosives. Typically, these bombs have an initiator, switch and explosive charge, according to a 2004 warning from Homeland Security.</p><p>&quot;We will go to the ends of the Earth to identify the subject or subjects who are responsible for this despicable crime, and we will do everything we can to bring them to justice,&quot; the FBI&#39;s DesLauriers said.</p><p>The Pakistani Taliban, which claimed responsibility for the 2010 attempt in Times Square, has denied any part in the Boston Marathon attack.</p><p>Al-Qaida&#39;s branch in Yemen gave a detailed description of how to make a bomb using a pressure cooker in a 2010 issue of Inspire, its English-language online publication aimed at would-be terrorists acting alone.</p><p>In a chapter titled &quot;Make a bomb in the kitchen of your mom,&quot; it says &quot;the pressurized cooker is the most effective method&quot; for making a simple bomb, and it provides directions.</p><p>Naser Jason Abdo, a former U.S. soldier, was sentenced to life in prison last year after being convicted of planning to use a pair of bombs made from pressure cookers in an attack on a Texas restaurant frequented by soldiers from nearby Fort Hood. He was found with the Inspire article.</p><p>Investigators are also combing surveillance tapes from businesses around the finish line and asking travelers at Boston&#39;s Logan Airport to share any photos or video that might help.</p><p>&quot;This is probably one of the most photographed areas in the country yesterday,&quot; said Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis. He said two security sweeps of the marathon route had been conducted before the bombing.</p><p>Boston police and firefighter unions announced a $50,000 reward for information leading to arrests.</p><p>Obama said officials do not know who carried out the attack or why &mdash; &quot;whether it was planned and executed by a terrorist organization, foreign or domestic, or was the act of a malevolent individual.&quot;</p><p>But he said &quot;any time bombs are used to target innocent civilians, it is an act of terror.&quot; And he declared: &quot;The American people refuse to be terrorized.&quot;</p><p>___</p><p>Sullivan reported from Washington. Associated Press writers Steve LeBlanc, Bridget Murphy, Rodrique Ngowi and Meghan Barr in Boston; Julie Pace and Lara Jakes in Washington; Paisley Dodds in London; Lee Keath in Cario; and Marilynn Marchione in Milwaukee contributed to this report along with researcher Randy Herschaft in New York.</p></p> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 14:11:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/boston-bombs-said-be-made-pressure-cookers-106656