BAGHDAD — A new type of improvised explosive device in Iraq has been taped underneath cars and stuck to fuel trucks, animals and women.
Official said Iraq Army has found a new and much lighter IED typically
attached to cars and other vehicles. The weapon, dubbed "sticky IED," has
consisted of a small plastic explosive wrapped in duct tape.
"They are just small plastic bombs that include highly explosive
material and they can be moved manually," Iraq Army Maj. Gen. Qassim Atta,
spokesman for Operation Law and Order, said. "And they are put beneath any
car and triggered through a remote control."
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The use of sticky IEDs was said to mark the latest tactic in the Al
Qaida war against the U.S.-led coalition. Al Qaida has also recruited women
as well as the disabled for suicide bombings, Middle East Newsline reported.
In a briefing on Feb. 25, Atta said insurgents were using sticky IEDs to
booby-trap cars, fuel trucks or animals. He said the bomb has been seen
throughout the Baghdad area.
"They aim to influence the citizen and also influence the performance of
the security services in Baghdad," Atta said.
Atta said the sticky IEDs were manufactured in Iraq but consist of
imported components. The general urged Iraqis to check underneath their cars
"Now the citizens and due to their cooperation we managed to find some
of those bombs," Atta said. "But, of course, you know after an explosion
happens, they are harmful."