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U.S. Team Hunts Lethal Low-Tech Insurgency

Doorbells, Pagers Among Tools Used By Bombers in Iraq. Staff Sgt. Jeremy Anderson knows the doorbell only rings once. The doorbell mechanism was connected by wire to a blasting cap and a small battery. The blasting cap was embedded in PE-4 plastic explosive, a substance with the consistency of Silly Putty, that was stuffed into a big artillery shell. Somewhere not far away was a wireless remote-control device that would activate the doorbell, completing a circuit and sending a charge from the battery to the blasting cap, igniting the PE-4. There would be no ding-dong, only a thunderous explosion sending chunks and shards of metal for hundreds of yards around. The discovery was not out of the ordinary for Anderson, leader of a squad of roadside bomb hunters. Full Story

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