MISSION FIRST…PEOPLE ALWAYS…ONE TEAM. Suicide Bomber Boy. http://www.nytimes.com/2004/03/25/international/middleeast/25BOY.html?th. The Israelis Disarm a Boy With a Bomb.
With a bomb hidden under his sweater, a Palestinian boy in his teens, Hussam Bade, approached Israeli soldiers on Wednesday at the same West Bank checkpoint, near Nablus, where last week another boy was captured with a bomb in his bag.
The soldiers made the youth remove his sweater and reveal the explosives inside a vest.
The soldiers ordered the youth to remove the vest, and then strip to show that he had no other weapons.
The soldiers were on high alert. Just last week, troops at this same checkpoint, on a main road leading south from the chaotic city of Nablus, captured an 11-year-old boy with a bomb hidden in his bag.NY Times ArticleExcerpts
Palestinian teenagers have taken part in attacks against Israelis throughout the three and a half years of fighting. The youngest suicide bomber to date was a 16-year-old from Nablus.NY Times ArticleExcerpts
With the soldiers' guns pointed, Hussam froze, raising his hands above his head. The soldiers retreated behind large concrete barricades for safety, according to accounts by Israeli military officers at the scene.NY Times ArticleExcerpts
As the rest of the story unfolded, it was captured on tape by the cameraman.
The military sent a small yellow robot toward Hussam, delivering cutters to remove the vest. But the weight of the vest and the explosives, estimated at 15 to 20 pounds, made it awkward for him to bend over, reach the scissors and cut away the straps of the vest.NY Times ArticleExcerpts
Hussam struggled but eventually freed himself from the vest and dropped it on the road. The soldiers then ordered him to strip to his underwear to make sure he had no other weapons. He was seized by the soldiers, who later detonated the bomb in a controlled explosion.
Israeli military and government officials immediately invited journalists to the scene and then placed Hussam on display for several minutes.NY Times ArticleExcerpts
Throughout the conflict a solid majority of Palestinians has backed suicide bombings as a means for fighting Israel. The level of support has declined a bit as the fighting grinds on, and some Palestinians have spoken out against the use of teenagers.NY Times ArticleExcerpts