Al Qaeda, Taliban may be helping Gaza militants: Report
Last Updated: Sunday, October 25, 2009, 21:39
Jerusalem: Israel suspects that Taliban and other al Qaeda inspired militant groups may be helping Gaza based militants in roadside bomb making given the startling similarities in the method of assembling the explosives, a media report has said.

Tests conducted by the technology department of the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) Ground Forces Command has revealed that the bombs being used by Gaza militants are very similar to the improvised explosive devices used against the US and British forces by militants in Iraq and Afghanistan, such as the Taliban, Ha'aretz online reported.

"It is clear to us that these explosive devices came from the same school," a senior Ground Forces Command officer was quoted by the news portal as saying.

Israeli Army has found that the assembly of the roadside bombs and its effectiveness has significantly improved, as they contained substances which had not been used before in such devices in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Among the substances discovered in the bombs was tungsten, a metal that can improve the ability of the devices to penetrate armoured vehicles, the report said.

The IDF has reportedly consulted representatives of the US and British Army on the matter. The Army believes that explosives experts who entered Gaza from Egypt through smuggling tunnels are responsible for the bombs.

Most of the attacks on Israeli targets recently have been carried out by the Islamic Jihad militant group or other organisations inspired by al Qaeda.

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, October 25, 2009, 21:39

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