Hmmm: Gel Explosives Used in Taliban Attack

A Taliban suicide attack no longer qualifies as news. But this little tidbit is .... interesting. I had seen the news from the wire services and went over to check out Roggio hoping he'd have some elucidation on the explosives but he just reports the same info without any more comment:

All of the Taliban fighters were "equipped with suicide vests, explosives, Kalashnikovs [AK-47 assault rifles," according to Pajhwok Afghan News. Additionally, "water jell explosives were used for the first time-ever in a bomb attack in the country," an NDS official said, without providing further details on the explosives. Security forces also found another car bomb that was not detonated.
Any guesses as to what the explosives were? And, is this something to worry about?

Posted by: Rusty at 12:18 PM


1 They could have stolen a batch of Tovex from a mine or some other work site that was doing blasting... "water gel explosive" is a generic term... did they make their own? Who knows... is water gel somehow more insidious than ANFO bombs? Not really-- remember Oklahoma City and WTC '93? ANFO.

Posted by: Frak at January 16, 2013 01:28 PM

2 I just found this info on the Wikipedia page for Tovex: "One ETI licensee is Biafo Industries Limited, headquartered in Islamabad, Pakistan.".. in other words, this stuff is manufactured right in the region, in a real factory....

Posted by: Frak at January 16, 2013 01:30 PM

3 As mentioned already, gel explosives are common in blasting. Some are more potent than others, but for most taliban purposes, explosives are interchangeable.

Posted by: cloaked in mystery at January 16, 2013 01:55 PM

4 It costs us about $ 10 million to kill a Taliban. They can do it themselves a lot cheaper.

Posted by: occam at January 16, 2013 02:59 PM

5 But we can't farm out the whole job.

Posted by: EROWMER at January 16, 2013 04:13 PM

6 After their once-a-year bath they use the water to mix gunpowder and Jello. Viola!!

Posted by: TimO at January 17, 2013 02:58 PM

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