Beware the IEDs of March.
The horoscope for Muslim terrorists in March is clear. "Beware explosive situations. When Jupiter is in ascendance, avoid tinkering with heavy explosives when you can't even read above a first grade level. Mars is sinking. If you cut the red wire, you will go on a spiritual journey on a magic carpet made out of shrapnel."
Unfortunately Muslim terrorists aren't much on horoscopes and so the explosions of the IEDs of March keep coming.
Three Al Qaeda operatives accidentally blew themselves up while outfitting a car with explosives. A member of a Sinai based jihadist movement who led a deadly attack in Israel in 2011 died last week when a car accident he was involved in exploded a bomb that he was carrying.
An intending car bomber in Somalia, thought to be part of the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab jihadist organization, accidentally detonated his explosives prematurely. Four Palestinians were killed on Tuesday in a house explosion in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanoun.
The Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades division of Hamas mourned the untimely death in Rafah (Gaza) of one of its “field commanders”, Ibrahim al-Ghoul, and injuries to nine others as a result of a mishap during a training session on building bombs.
Aalim Deen Mehsud, a local commander of the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in the North Waziristan tribal area, was trying to remove explosive material from a mortar shell, triggering the blast, a security official said.
"He was trying to cut the shell with a hand saw and take out the explosives when the explosion occurred, killing himself, four women and a child of his family," the official told AFP.
Two other children were injured in the blast, the official said.
Beware the IEDs of March. And March isn't over yet.