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April 4, 2004

The small details are everything

But Law and Order has made us all into forensic investigation junkies, after all. This article in Saturday's New York Times left me wondering what "dry" meant: had the bombers neglected to "just add water," or was the article missing other important details?

MADRID, April 2 — A partly assembled bomb containing 26 pounds of explosives was discovered Friday during a routine track check on a high-speed rail line linking the Spanish capital to Seville. The explosives were thought to be the same type as those used in the March 11 terror attacks in Madrid, officials said.
The device was dry and lacked an initiator, Spanish authorities said, leading investigators to suspect that it had been placed under the tracks on Friday morning and that the bombers had been interrupted while putting it together.

(Emphasis added.) From Sunday's Washington Post:

Because the bag containing the bomb was dry after a night of rain, authorities said they believed it was placed on the track early Friday.

Was the weather information removed from the NYT article in the editing process, or was it just plain missing?
(No conspiracy theory here, folks, just curiosity.)

Posted by Brenden at April 4, 2004 12:54 PM


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