Terrorists have no way to manufacture sophisticated explosive bombs by themselves. They either have to buy them from countries who will sell them or find them after a war. The reasons for this difficulty is that most bombs are made for military uses and most countries do not sell their bombs, especially to terrorists. There is one kind of bomb that terrorists don't usually have trouble finding and that is the land mine. Land mines have been left burried underground all over the world are easy to find and changed into a newer sort of bomb.
bombs used by terrorists are bombs that they make from simple materials,
or from other pieces of found bombs. The bombs that they make themselves
are called improvised explosive devices (IED's).
Terrorists use pipe bombs more than any other kind of bomb. They are easy to make and hide inside clothing and automobiles. Pipe bombs are made from iron, steel, copper, or aluminum pipes and gunpowder. Sometimes the bombs are encased in a coating of nails in order to kill or injure more people.
|This type of bomb was made and used by the Russians when they attacked German tanks in World War II. These bombs can cause a great deal of damage. Explosive substances are poured into a bottle that breaks against any hard surface when it it thrown. The explosive materials used in Molotov Cocktails might be gasoline, diesel fuel, kerosene, or methyl alcohol. A strip of cotton is used as a fuse and is lit just before throwing the bottle.|
|Fertilizer Truck Bombs|
These explosive devices are meant to blow up and destroy equipment and troops that are moving along the ground or in the water. It is designed to explode when something touches it. There are two kinds of land mindes burried int the ground: anti-tank mines and anti-personnel mines.
Every year around 26,000 people across the world are killed or maimed by landmines that were left behind by retreating troops, or at the end of a war. Finding burried landmines has been hard for the citizens and military to locate since they can not bee seen. One interesting fact is that a simple insect, the bee, is being trained to detect landmines.
Powerful bombs made of fertilizer. The fertilizer is made up mostly of a chemical mixture called ammonium nitrate. The bombs made from fertilizer are powerful enough to destroy large buildings.
|This is an advanced kind of bomb. It is activated when it is placed in an airplane or elevator that rises to different altitudes. The bomb is set to arm itself when it reaches a certain pressure which changes as it rises into the atmosphere. It explodes at whatever elevation that it was set to detonate.|
|Bees Locating Landmines?|
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