Car bombA car bomb is a bomb that is placed in a car or truck and is intended to be exploded while there. This kind of bomb is a favorite instrument of terrorists and assassins because the car bomb acts as its own delivery mechanism and can carry a large amount of explosives without attracting suspicion. Truck bombs are also popular -- trucks can crash through barriers more easily and can hold a great deal more explosives. Motorcycle and even bicycle bombs have also been used.
Terrorists typically employ one or more suicide bombers to ram the car into a building and simultaneously detonate it. In assassination attempts, it is more common for the bomb to be affixed to the underside of the car and then detonated by remote control, by the car's motion, or other means. The bomb explodes as the target approaches or starts the vehicle or, more commonly, after starting into motion and when the target is more likely to be inside. For this reason, guards often check the underside of vehicles with a long mirror mounted on a pole.
|May 20, 2002||Beirut, Lebanon||Mohammed Jihad Ahmed Jibril, son of PFLP-GC leader Ahmed Jibril||unknown|
|January 24, 2002||Beirut, Lebanon||Elie Hobeika, Phalangist militia leader||remote|
|February 22, 2000||Vitoria, Spain||Fernando Buesa, Basque Socialist Party leader||remote|
|October 21, 1999||Ankara, Turkey||Ahmet Taner Kislali, prominent Turkish intellectual||tilt-based|
|September 14, 1982||Beirut, Lebanon||Bashir Gemayel, Phalangist "president" (and 25 others)||timer|
|March 30, 1979||Palace of Westminster, Great Britain||Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary Airey Neave||tilt-based|
|September 21, 1976||Washington, D.C, U.S||Orlando Letelier, Chilean exile||unknown|
|June 2, 1976||Phoenix, Arizona, U.S||Don Bolles, investigative reporter||remote (dynamite)|
|September 30, 1974||Buenos Aires, Argentina||Carlos Prats, Former Chilean army commander||?td>|
|December 4, 1928||Chicago, U.S||"Dapper" Danny Hogan, mobster||unknown|