Virginia Muslim Claims Shrapnel Bomb was for Self-Defense

Our man is from Afghanistan where blowing yourself up is a popular means of "self-defense"


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.