Thursday 17 October 2019

'Ninja' bomb kills its target with steel blades

The USS Cole
The USS Cole

Ben Farmer

The United States has built a new missile, known as a "ninja" bomb, that kills with a ring of steel blades rather than by exploding.

The previously secret R9X missile is designed to eliminate individual terrorist targets without harming surrounding civilians and could potentially kill a car's front seat passenger without harming the driver.

American forces have used the highly specialised weapon only a handful of times since it was developed from the more common Hellfire missile, the 'Wall Street Journal' reported.

R9X missiles are thought to have been used on targets in Libya, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Somalia. Victims include Jamal al-Badawi, who was accused of being behind the bombing of the USS Cole that killed 17 American sailors in a Yemeni port in 2000.

Ahmad Hasan Abu Khayr al-Masri, the Egyptian al-Qaeda number two, was also killed in Syria's Idlib province by an R9X fired from a US aircraft operated by the CIA in 2017.

Irish Independent

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