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Tuesday, 26 June 2007


Experts say C4 explosives used in attack on UNIFIL

KHIAM: Powerful C4 plastic explosives were used in Sunday's car-bomb attack on the Spanish contingent of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL),

a security report said on Monday. Military experts from UNIFIL and the Lebanese Army on Monday began probing the scene of the attack. Investigators rejected the hypothesis that a suicide bomber carried out the explosion, which killed six members of the Spanish contingent in the southern village of Khiam.

Investigators are continuing to search for the remains of the Renault Rapide car used in the bombing, as well as for samples of the explosive in order to gain more information about the nature of the substance.

Investigators used special equipment to determine that the bomb used in the attack consisted of 70 kilograms of C4, or the equivalent of about 300-350 kilograms of TNT. C4 explosives are roughly five times more powerful than TNT.

A "meticulous analysis" found no traces of blood on the front seats of the Renault Rapide, which allowed investigators to dismiss the theory that a suicide bomber had carried out the attack, according to the security report.

Investigations also succeeded in recovering the car's license plate, which may be helpful in tracing the owner of the car. However, previous analyses in similar explosions have failed to identify suspects, because the cars were either stolen or bought using false identification. 

Security sources told The Daily Star Danish mechanical-engineering experts from UNIFIL may assist in the investigation. Authorities cordoned off the crime scene and only permitted experts conducting the investigation to enter. 

The sources added that a report about the investigation will be issued "shortly" by UNIFIL commander General Claudio Graziano and will be sent to both UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the Lebanese government. - The Daily Star

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