According to AFP quoting the terrorist group, Tawfiq Mohamed Fareej died last week when a bomb he was transporting in his car exploded prematurely when the vehicle was involved in a traffic accident. They are now saying Fareej was in charge of the bloody cross-border terrorist attack on southern Israel on August 18, 2011 that killed 8 Israelis. Eight Israelis, six of them civilians and two security force personnel, died in that attack. [See our report: "19-Aug-11: Summarizing the events of Thursday"]
Fareej was probably also involved in a string of sabotage attacks on the Egypt-to-Israel gas pipeline, a failed assassination attempt on the life of Egyptian interior minister, Mohammed Ibrahim, on September 6, 2013, and the bombing of an Egyptian police building [see our report "26-Jan-14: Sinai's terror problems are now Cairo's nightmares"].
Among other recent 'work accidents' involving jihadists and Islamists:
- Yesterday (March 14, 2014): An intending car bomber in Somalia, thought to be part of the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab jihadist organization, accidentally detonated his explosives prematurely while attempting a terror attack on a hotel in the capital, Mogadishu. No one else was killed or injured in the failed murder attempt. [Source: AP/Washington Post]
- March 11, 2014: Four Palestinians were killed on Tuesday in a house explosion in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanoun, in what local officials have termed a work accident. Hamas reported on its website that the four were activists in its Izz a-Din Al-Qassam military wing, and said that their bodies were transferred to a hospital in Gaza. According to reports, the blast came from inside the house and was not the result of any external rocket or explosives [Source: Haaretz, "Four killed in Gaza, apparently while making bomb"].
- March 9, 2014: 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. The English-language Alqassam website termed the death an act of martyrdom that followed "a long bright path of jihad, hard work, struggle and sacrifice.” Gaza's Hamas-controlled Health Ministry, quoted by the Maan News Agency and via a spokesperson, said the injuries to the other bomb-making cadets were "serious".
- February 10, 2014: No fewer than 22 Iraqi "militants" (the misleading name given in the UPI and New York Times reports to religiously-inspired persons engaging full-time in terrorism) from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria terror group, went to their heavenly virgins when a lesson on making car bombs and explosive belts went catastrophically wrong as a result of a "fumble". Associated Press said “a glitch set off one of the devices”.
- February 10, 2014: In another part of Iraq, more or less on the same day, 25 other terrorists died in a truck-bomb explosion in Salahudin province. Xinhua, the Chinese newsagency, said they "were building the bomb when it exploded Sunday in a village near Samarra". Several more were injured. [UPI]