A Bosnian who tried to enter the U.S. Embassy in Vienna with a backpack filled with explosives, nails and Islamic literature was arrested Monday after the bag set off a metal detector and the man fled on foot, authorities said.
“There were a lot of nails in that bag. Had it exploded, it would have had an enormous shrapnel effect,” said Doris Edelbacher, of Austria’s federal counterterrorism office.
The explosives resembled hand grenades, she told reporters, but that munitions experts were still working to determine whether the device had been properly rigged to explode.
The suspect spoke broken German and appeared to ramble during an initial interrogation, Edelbacher said.
It was unclear how far he made it into the embassy. Public broadcaster ORF, citing unidentified officials, reported that a metal detector sounded an alarm as the man was passing through security checks and that he fled immediately.
The nature of the Islamic material he allegedly was carrying also was unclear.
Obviously it was bomb-proof Islamic literature. I would think that as a general rule, most terrorist brochures would need to be indestructible to be of any use as propaganda.
Or maybe he was looking for the confetti effect and didn’t want to use kaffir cootie-laden papers?
But in Vienna of all places! I take that personally, Mr. Bosnian Terrorist. Fie on you.
Hmmm…this reminds me that I hope never to have to enter an embassy or consulate. All the little nails hammered into my right shoulder will make those metal detectors sing anthems.