Akhmed Chatayev was identified by the pro-government Yeni Safak newspaper as the organizer of the coordinated assault, which killed 44 and wounded more than 200 others at Turkey’s Ataturk Airport. CNN reports that Rep. Michael McCaul, chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security, told the news site that it’s suspected Chatayev “directed the three suicide bombers” who slew 44 and injured more than 230 people in the attack on the Istanbul airport. Akhmed Chatayev, also referred to as Akhmed al-Shishani, is an ethnic Chechen and is the commander of a Russian-speaking Islamic State battalion. Chatayev was arrested in Georgia in 2012 in the Lopota Gorge incident, a conflict between armed Islamist Chechen militants and Georgian security forces, says Radio Free Europe. Chatayev, who before his arrest had lived with his family in the Pankisi Gorge in Georgia.
People from Chechnya and other provinces in Russia's volatile North Caucasus region have had a visible presence among Islamic State fighters. Chechnya had been an Al-Qaeda stronghold and was the site of the Beslan school massacre, "3 Days in Hell". A video obtained by the Turkish newspaper Haberturk purported to show a police officer asking one of the Chechen suicide bombers at the Istanbul airport for identification before he was subsequently shot by the attacker.
Semtex-style C4 explosive 'widely used by al Qaeda'. Semtex a Czech plastic explosive known as "the poor man's C-4." Turkey's interior minister said the explosives used were a mix of RDX, TNT and PETN that were "manufactured into the plastic explosive Semtex ." That combination is military-grade, raising the question of how the attackers obtained the bombs, said Jimmie Oxley, a chemist and explosives expert at the University of Rhode Island.
Documents and journals discovered near a suspected al Qaeda home in Kabul contained hand-written notes on how to make RDX, the basic chemical found in the high explosives Semtex. The training manuals of Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network go into detail on how it is used most effectively and even how it can be manufactured. The material has two main components: RDX, or Cyclonite, the explosive similar to that found in fireworks, and PETN, or Pentaerythrite. When the two are combined the mix turns from a powder to a putty-like substance. In the tribal lands of Pakistan, on the Afghanistan border, plastic explosive is sold over the counter at a number of outlets specializing in the cash sale of weapons and military equipment.
Attempts by the so-called Al-Qaeda shoe bomber of 2001 and the Al-Qaeda underwear bomber of 2009 to bring down airliners with PETN hidden in their clothing failed in part because the bombers tried unsuccessfully to ignite their charges with a common match flame and some sort of chemical initiator. An electrically activated shock-type detonator would be detected by normal airport screening if carried on a passenger, but it might be effectively hidden in an electronic appliance delivered as a package bomb—as occurred in Al-Qaeda attempted cargo-plane bombings in 2010, when computer printers with toner cartridges filled with PETN were intercepted by security agencies only because the agencies had been informed of the bombs by human intelligence.
Bill Warner Private Investigator Sarasota SEX, CRIME CHEATERS & TERRORISM at www.wbipi.com