Explosive belts, Kalashnikov rifles found on bodies of dead terrorists

IDF (Zahal) displays weaponry found on bodies of terrorists who conducted the attacks near Eilat last week

Date: 23/08/2011, 8:15 PM     Author: IDF (Zahal) Website

On Tuesday (August 23), the IDF (Zahal) displayed the weaponry found on the bodies of the terrorists who conducted the attacks near Eilat last week in which eight Israelis were killed.

The weaponry included explosive vests and other explosive devices, a commando knife, self-made fragmentation grenades, Kalashnikov rifles, catridges and handcuffs (indicating that the terrorists intended to try to abduct an IDF (Zahal) soldier during the attacks).

“This large quantity of weaponry on the bodies of the terrorists makes clear one thing: their goal was to kill or kidnap Israeli citizens,” said Lt. Col. Avital Leibovich, head of the IDF (Zahal)’s foreign press branch.

In reference to the many Kalashnikov bullets found on the terrorists, Lt. Col. Leibovich said that this was “a reminder of the Victoria ship, which several months ago attempted to smuggle 76,000 bullets such as these through the tunnels to Gaza.”