In April 2016, the Ibn Taymiyyah Media Center posted an instructional video on the preparation and assembly of an IED with a 360-degree fragmentation arc. The video presents stage-by-stage instructions on the preparation of APAN using an improvised TATP and ammonium nitrate mixture, in addition to the assembly of the fragmentation IED, and an improvised TATP detonator.
The publication of this video for the preparation of both APAN and TATP IEDs signifies an escalation in the level of instructional material currently circulating the social networks in Gaza for the benefit of lone wolf operatives in the West Bank. To date, the manuals posted have comprised instructions on the preparation of pipe IEDs and various pyrotechnic devices. This new escalation comes in the form of the synthesis of high explosives, TATP and APAN, produced from readily available raw materials, capable of inflicting lethal injuries.
The focus on using APAN, a common explosive in the terror scene, suggests a new trend - using explosives of medium sensitivity that on the one hand, do not require a booster to initiate, but on the other hand, are not too sensitive to transport and assemble. Notwithstanding, it is important to note that the use of disruptors by EOD technicians and security forces while attempting to neutralize an IED containing APAN could result in the initiation of the IED.
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