A Novel Way to Die

Abdullah al-Asiri, a 23-year-old member of al-Qaeda from Saudi Arabia, died in a failed attempt to assassinate Muhammad bin Nayef, the Deputy Minister of the Interior of Saudi Arabia, with a suicide-bomb. Posing as a “well-wisher” outside of Nayef’s home (a tradition in Saudi Arabia during Ramadan), Asiri waited for Nayef to get within close proximity to him before using a cell phone to activate his suicide-bomb, which consisted of 1 pound of PETN plastic explosives and some remote-activation electronics that he had hidden inside of his rectal cavity. Asiri was killed instantly upon detonation, but Nayef received only minor injuries due in part to Asiri’s body actually partially absorbing the energy of the blast upon exploding. Asiri had apparently been hiding the explosives in his anal cavity for more than 24 hours at that point in order to bypass metal-detectors and the security-staff. Experts in the field of modern terrorism have described al-Asiri’s method of perpetrating a suicide-bombing as “unique”.

Submission by Logan Agle. Thank you.