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News story (from January) passed along by The Wife:

A would-be suicide bomber fell down a flight of stairs and blew himself up as he headed out for an attack in Afghanistan, police say.

It was the second such incident in two days, with another man killing himself and three others on Tuesday when his bomb-filled waistcoat exploded as he was putting it on in the southern town of Lashkar Gah.

More at the link. I’m reminded of a story Stephen Dobyns told me—he wrote a mystery set in the Boston Fire Department, and in the course of his conversations with the firemen, he was told of the bad ending suffered by an arsonists. Firemen hate arsonists in general: if you risk your life (and have had friends killed) in fighting a fire, you don’t much like people who deliberately set the fires. This arsonist, like many people, didn’t understand that gasoline (the liquid) doesn’t burn, but gasoline (the vapor) is highly flammable. The arsonist splashed gasoline all through a room in the house soaking things good, as he left the room, he turned off the light—and the small spark from the lightswitch ignited an explosion that, as the fireman said laughing, blew his body right out of his shoes.

Written by Leisureguy

22 September 2008 at 1:04 pm

Posted in Daily life

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