Murad al-Assadi, a 24-year-old Yemeni member of the al-Qaida terrorist organization, built his own suicide vest because he, “didn’t want to help socially irresponsible arms companies and weapons manufacturers get any richer”.
“Big weapons trading companies don’t care about anything except making money,” Murad al-Assadi said. “My people have been dependent on these, to put it mildly, terrorists, for far too long. They have no corporate responsibility whatsoever and don’t care about the community,” the Yemeni suicide bomber added.
The member of the branch of al-Qaida in Yemen explained to The Global Edition journalists how it’s a lot easier and cheaper to make your own explosives than to buy them from the black market dealers, who in his words, “tend to overcharge and profit on your dependence because they already pushed the smaller neighborhood weapon traders into bankruptcy.” After a string of bad experiences with arms dealers, including the most recent instance in which he was sold a bomb vest which had apparently already been used and which he couldn’t even return, Mr. al-Assadi said he found some interesting “How to” articles on the web and decided to give it a shot.
After building the explosives himself and personally netting the vest from the wool of his favorite sheep, the Yemeni bomber said that he now feels “closer to the bomb because he built it with his own two hands.” “It’s not just some civilian-killing machine you can get at the nearby terrorist training camp, now it feels even more special,” the 24-year-old added.
“My colleagues envy me because they all look ridiculous wearing the exact same bomb vests from the same mass-produced factory line. Mine is completely personalized. I think it’s going to be a big hit,” al-Assadi concluded.