Friday, January 02, 2004

Bomber jackets

Many suicide bombers' jackets have gone missing from Iraq since the start of the war and Ansar al-Islam seems to have claimed the bulk of them:

Scores of Iraqi-made suicide bombers' jackets missing since the war that ousted Saddam Hussein have fallen into the hands of the radical extremist group Ansar al-Islam, according to illegal-weapons traders.

Although suicide bombers in Iraq so far have relied mainly on explosives packed in trucks or cars, there have been at least two recent uses of suicide jackets in targeted attacks and security officials fear their use will become more pervasive.

The jackets are especially dangerous in the winter when they can be worn inconspicuously, allowing bombers to approach their targets without arousing suspicion.

The Iraqi station chief of the FBI confirmed that the agency has obtained "more than one" intact suicide bomber's jacket.


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