In a first for the UK, bombmaker Naseer, a pharmacy graduate, planned to extract ammonium nitrate – used as a main explosive – from sports injury cold packs.
The mind boggles, it really does.
Sounds about as sensible a plan as extracting the americium from fire alarms to create a dirty bomb. With the added excitement that they would almost certainly blow themselves up trying to do the processing.
The stories we hear about these would be jihadis do show that they’re wholly unimaginative. There’s so many dangerous things already extant in an industrial society that could be used instead of 1960s style IRA derv and ammonium nitrate.