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- n. an explosive device concealed inside the heel and sole of a shoe
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The notations included references to TATP, an explosive used in Richard Reid’s shoe bomb and the London 7/7 suicide bombings.
It was later determined that Reid’s shoe bomb was made with a high explosive that likely would have ripped a hole in the outside skin of the plane, bringing it down in the middle of the Atlantic and making any investigation into the resulting crash close to impossible.
It was also PETN that Richard Reid, the al-Qaeda recruit who tried to bring down the American Airlines flight from Paris to Miami, had used in his shoe bomb almost exactly eight years before the attempt to bring down the Northwest flight.