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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Boomer Sooner

This weekend, during the Oklahoma-Kansas State football game, a student killed himself with a suicide bomb outside OU's football stadium. OU officials were quick to dismiss the event as the action of a screwed-up kid, not a terrorist:

"We know that he has had what I would call emotional difficulties in the past. There is certainly no evidence at this point which points to any other kind of motivation other than his personal problems," said University President David Boren over the weekend.
But it looks like there may be an Islamic terror connection after all, according to WorldNetDaily:
Doug Hagmann, a seasoned investigator, told WND he was informed by multiple reliable law-enforcement sources familiar with the investigation into the incident that authorities recovered a "significant amount" of "jihad" materials, as well as Hinrichs' computer. Hagmann also said those same sources indicated police and federal agents "had pulled additional explosives from [Hinrichs'] house," including triacetone triperoxide, or TATP, "homemade explosive [that is] very potent but relatively easily manufactured." TATP was also used in the July mass transit bombings in London, CNN reported, and was used by attempted bomber Richard Reid, who packed his shoes with the compound in an unsuccessful attempt to destroy a U.S.-bound American Airlines flight in December 2001.
Maybe Osama is a K-State fan. Meanwhile, the kid's family is in denial:
His sister, Berkeley Hinrichs, says her brother said he wasn't sure what he wanted to do with his life. She also says it's possible her brother was doing an experiment and didn't mean to kill himself.

All in all, this is a sad, frightening story that should've been covered better by the national media.

[Hat-tip: Don the √úbertipster]

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