Virginia Muslim Claims Shrapnel Bomb was for Self-Defense

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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I’m not sure how you would use a shrapnel bomb for self-defense? Throw it at a mugger? Or detonate it to take the mugger with you?

That last one might not make much sense in America, but our man of the self-defense shrapnel bomb is from Afghanistan where blowing yourself up is a popular means of “self-defense” or celebration.

Unfortunately he happened to be in America.

A Fairfax County man has been charged with possessing a crude homemade bomb constructed out of fireworks.

Thirty-eight year-old Atal Bashar of Burke is a native of Afghanistan and a naturalized U.S. citizen. He made an initial appearance Monday in federal court in Alexandria.

According to an FBI affidavit, a cleaning service hired by a real estate agent found what appeared to be a bomb while cleaning Bashar’s father’s home in the Alexandria section of the county in March 2012.

According to the affidavit, Bashar admitted to investigators last week that he built the device for self-defense by placing fireworks in the duffel bag and surrounding it with shrapnel like nails and screws.

Any resemblance to the Boston Marathon bombers and their self-defense bombs are no doubt coincidental.

Fairfax Country is also the location of Dar Al-Hijrah, better known as Anwar Al-Awlaki’s mosque and a nexus of terror. It will be interesting to learn whether our Bashar attended old DAH.

  • Zagat Tragonach

    They need to get rid of this dangerous weapon. Why don’t we set off the device in the mosque? It’s purely defensive, so I’m sure no one innocent will be injured by the explosion.

  • Biff Henderson

    Maybe it was a suppository bomb to ward off homosexual rape. To an Afghani it might be a way to bury/ward-off an unpleasant past. Seems we have a privileged victim in need of some compassionate justice.

    • Bob

      Look up “Afghanistan’s dirty little secret” It might surprise you. They found a way to get around the homosexuality clause that is found in the Koran.

      • Biff Henderson

        Not every Afghani is from the tribe of Allah’s compactors. There is still the shame associated with being the supplicant, one man exercising his position of power through the debasement of the weaker party. Islam and perversion are twin sisters.

  • Veracious_one

    I imagine a duffel bag would hold several pounds of fireworks…more than enough needed to create a good deal of mayhem….who’s this Muslim really afraid of?

    • Aizino Smith

      Other Muslims?

      When the last Christian, Jew, Hindu, Buddhist and atheist is gone, I am sure he will be afraid of his brother Muslims.

    • herb benty

      He’s not afraid of anyone, he came here on a mission and got caught.

  • defcon 4

    Yes muslimes frequently believe in pre-emptive self defense — especially against the najjis kuffar anywhere in the Indian sub-continent, but frequently in the Mid-East as well.

  • herb benty

    It was a bomb, and the nails and screws prove it was to be used in America.

  • DVult

    Why are these people being brought into the US or any other civilized country?

    • Kate

      Didn’t you read he was a naturalized Citizen? Seriously???

  • Chris Caley

    Have you noticed there are certain names that when found anywhere in Muslim names it denotes you are going to be an anti-American pain in the butt? Names like Bashar or Husein.

    • JoJoJams

      And, of course…..Mohammed in all it’s spellings.

  • Bob

    Was he going to make a self-defense suicide vest?

  • kaybass66

    Our politicans are betraying us. Immigration laws need to be very strict. If we keep letting these muslim terrorists in, all will be lost. In twenty years or sooner, there will be enough of them here to elect a President, Congressmen or Senator. What then? I pray for my grandchildren.

    • moneekwa

      They already HAVE a President.