This past week, a suicide bomber killed 35 people at Russia’s largest airport. Now comes word that the same terrorist group behind last week’s atrocity had similar plans to detonate a large bomb in Moscow on New Years Eve only to have their plans foiled when the suicide bomber blew up prematurely after receiving a spam text message which detonated the payload.
“Security sources believe a message from her mobile phone operator wishing her a happy new year received just hours before the planned attack triggered her suicide belt, killing her at a safe house,” the Leader-Post reports.
Islamist terrorists in Russia often use mobile phones as detonators. The bomber’s handler, who is usually watching their charge, sends the bomber a text message in order to set off his or her explosive belt at the moment when it is thought they can inflict maximum casualties.
Finally, spam doing some good in the world.