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Heh. I wondered upthread about any possible connection between Kamikaze pilots and Islamic militants, I should just have read on... I find that the suicide aspect is debated, however:

Lod Airport massacre - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Yasuda was accidentally shot dead by one of the other attackers, and Okudaira moved from the airport building into the landing area, firing at passengers disembarking from an El Al aircraft before being killed by one of his own grenades, either due to accidental premature explosion or as a suicide.

Then again, the only English-language web source on this is Wikipedia, which sources the passage to two books. Only one of these can be read on Google Books, and that one merely uses neutral language ("Two of the Japanese attackers were torn apart by their own grenades", which is not even true as one of them died of gunshot wounds). Meanwhile, another book with a more detailed description of the attack claims Okudaira "threw himself on top of a grenade and detonated it", which would be a simple suicide rather than suicide bombing. On the other hand, I find the surviving terrorist later said "I thought I would die in the gunbattle and thought I would be sentenced to death even if I had survived and had been caught," so the characterisation as suicide attack seems justifiable.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Mon Jun 6th, 2016 at 04:11:26 AM EST
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