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Terrorism expert shows how suspects allegedly pulled off Boston bombing

CREATED Apr 19, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - An expert revealed the reasoning for the methods two suspects may have used to conduct the deadly Boston Marathon bombings.

Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, and his brother reportedly committed the crimes.  They come from Chechnya. 

Tsarnaev was on the loose Friday after authorities shot and killed the man said to be his brother.

"A significant part is that they're brothers, which can explain why they may have hatched this plan by themselves without the outside support," said expert Jeffrey Simon on Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Morning News."  He wrote the book "Lone Wolf Terrorism."

"The puzzling issue is in terms of Chechen militant have not really attacked U.S. targets.  They're aiming at Russia.  There's also Islamic extremist influences within that movement."

Simon looked at the path, and the methods, they supposedly used in committing the bombings which killed three people and injured dozens.

"Basically, what happened is that they decided - and we have to find out at what point - they would commit terrorist attacks in the U.S. when they were here.  They decided that the Boston Marathon was the perfect venue.  There wouldn't be much security at the finish line.  Everyone would have duffel bags, backpacks.  They would blend in and leave the bomb," said Simon.

"The fact they did not commit a suicide attack is interesting, which meant they thought, 'We can just drop this bomb off here and then we'll conduct more attacks as time goes on.  Then after the photo was released and they can't really run and hide anymore, they decided to go out in a blaze of glory."

Simon also believes they probably left lots of clues for authorities to sift through as they investigate this case.

"I suspect they did not destroy all their internet activity before they went on this terror campaign.  A lot of clues will come from who they were in contact with, what they were searching for, how they got their weapons and so forth."

Simon gives major credit to authorities after the bombings, but explains the challenge of trying to stop such terrorists before they hit.

"After, I believe, the hijacking of the car, the shootout, they were able to zero in on different areas.  The police in Boston have done a fantastic job of being able to locate them, along with the FBI," said Simon.

"The problem is trying to find the potential small cells before they strike."