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Breaking: Backpack explodes at Vegas hotel, killing one

Via the AP [1]:

LAS VEGAS – A backpack exploded in a parking garage attached to a Las Vegas hotel early Monday, killing a man who had picked it up and injuring another person, authorities said.

The man had removed the backpack from atop his car when it exploded shortly after 4 a.m. on the second floor of a parking behind the Luxor hotel-casino, said Officer Bill Cassell, a police spokesman.

The second person was taken to an area hospital.

Aerial video showed no apparent damage to the parking structure, where entrances were blocked while police, firefighters and federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents investigated. No further information was immediately available.

After 9-11, I began to wonder if we’d see the sort of suicide attacks we routinely hear about in Israel, where Palestinian terrorists put explosives in their backpacks and kill people in crowded restaurants, buses, etc. – the kind of backpack attacks [2] that happened in London on 7/7/05 [3], which killed over 50 people. I used to actually get nervous if I saw a Muslim walk into a restaurant I was eating in with a backpack.

I hope that the incident in Vegas is isolated and not part of a coordinated plan for future attacks of this nature.

Michelle Malkin [4] is following this developing story.

Update: Allah’s [5] been following this story and has more info – looks like the victim was the only target. This is being viewed by authorities there as a homicide, not a terror attack.