Explosive linked to Europe attacks easy to make, detonate

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — An expert says the explosive linked to the Brussels attacks is preferred among violent extremists in Europe because it’s fairly easy to make and detonate.

Explosions on Tuesday at the Brussels airport and in a subway killed 31 people, plus three suicide bombers, and wounded more than 270 people.

Belgium’s chief prosecutor has said that investigators found 15 kilograms of the explosive known as TATP at the house where the suspects in the attacks stayed before going to the airport. TATP also was used in the Paris attacks.

Jimmie Oxley is an explosives expert and University of Rhode Island professor. She describes TATP as a volatile, sensitive explosive.

She says the materials are readily available and it’s fairly easy to make a functional device.