January 5, 2007

Introducing the Cell Phone Bomb

0shabak.jpgWired recalls the first mention of a mobile phone used as a bomb.

1996: The Israeli secret service found that a mobile phone makes a nifty little bomb for disposing of an enemy, which is what happened to Yahya Ayyash on Jan. 5, 1996 when he tried talking on a booby-trapped phone apparently provided by Israel's Shabak.

Ayyash was the chief bomb-maker for Hamas, and was linked to the killings of more than 70 Israelis, many of them civilians.

Israel has never confirmed or denied involvement in Ayyash's killing, but even the cheapest cell phone won't usually explode without a little help.

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