Alarm at ISIS gear in bomb

The Weekend Post - - News -

PETER MICHAEL QUEENS­LAND’S coun­tert­er­ror­ism agents are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a string of home­made bombs found us­ing the highly volatile “Mother of Satan” ex­plo­sive favoured by ISIS ter­ror­ists in deadly ter­ror at­tacks over­seas.

In­tel­li­gence of­fi­cers are also prob­ing links be­tween back­yard bomb­mak­ers and a sus­pected black mar­ket arms trade in il­le­gal ma­chine guns, ri­fles, pis­tols and am­mu­ni­tion.

Bomb dis­posal ex­perts and sci­en­tists have un­cov­ered three cases of an im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vice (IED), or ma­te­ri­als where the key in­gre­di­ent was tri­ace­tone triper­ox­ide, or TATP, in Cairns over the past 10 months.

In the lat­est in­ci­dent, Gor­don­vale boil­er­maker Al­lan Marks, 43, had his hand blown off while hold­ing a piece of sus­pected TATP ex­plo­sive on Sun­day. Wit­nesses told po­lice that Mr Marks was “toss­ing it in the air like a golf ball”, when it ex­ploded on im­pact, com­pletely “shred­ding his hand” to a bare stump.

De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Ge­off Marsh said of­fi­cers had not in­ter­viewed Mr Marks, who was be­ing treated in in­ten­sive care at Cairns Hospi­tal.

Det Insp Marsh con­firmed that in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cers from the State Counter-Ter­ror­ism Group had been flown from Bris­bane to in­ves­ti­gate po­ten­tial links be­tween TATP-re­lated in­ci­dents and sus­pected il­le­gal arms traf­fick­ing.

“We’re get­ting an in­tel­li­gence as­sess­ment done,” he said.

“But any­one can Google a recipe, go down to Bun­nings, get the in­gre­di­ents and make a bomb. This ex­plo­sive is so volatile and un­sta­ble, it just needs fric­tion to det­o­nate it, and the re­ac­tion can be dev­as­tat­ing.”

TATP, a crys­talline pow­der known as “Mother of Satan”, is easy to make and hard to de­tect, but is also highly un­sta­ble.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.