DALTON, GEORGIA – When attacks happen that we are convinced are terrorist in nature we still have to gather facts to make that determination.
In recent years one phenomenon has risen to our consciousness, and not in a good way. No, I am not talking about things like obsessive Pokemon Go challenges, which, while silly, is harmless. The trend I am talking about is most definitely not harmless.
This practice is known as suicide bombing. It is a form of terrorism in which the perpetrator seeks to cause as much death and destruction as possible while at the same time taking his or her own life (while the vast majority of suicide terrorists are men some are women: the Sri Lankan Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was particularly adept at using females in this regard).
We read all the time about this form of terrorism and tend to associate it, not entirely accurately, with Islamist extremism. It stands to reason, though, that when we see a headline ‘Suicide bomber in _____ kills dozens’ we leap to the conclusion that we are talking terrorism. And we are confident we are right.
On this day in 2008
Lloyd Cantrell tossed a bomb into a law firm on West Crawford Street in Dalton, Georgia. He died in the explosion: his act injured four, including an attorney who suffered burns. Cantrell had tried to ram the building with his SUV before he opted for Plan B.
This is not an act of terrorism. It is a depraved individual, by all accounts, who decided to launch a suicide attack for reasons we are still investigating.Steve Sweetow, assistant special agent in charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)
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