Al Qaida using silencers for stealth killing in Iraq
Al Qaida has acquired weapons with silencers to kill U.S. and Iraqi officers, according to a new report.
Operatives have been recruiting and training operatives to use silencers to kill police and soldiers at checkpoints around Baghdad and Diyala.
Al Qaida-aligned Internet sites have also provided guidelines to procuring silencers and their use, the April 16 edition of Geostrategy-Direct.com reported. The reason for silencers on pistols was for Al Qaida to kill quietly and then escape.
In one attack, two Al Qaida gunmen walked up to an Iraq Army barracks in the Saidia district of Baghdad.
Two soldiers were shot dead in broad daylight and no one noticed for hours.
Another Al Qaida cell in Diyala has been using only 9 mm pistols with silencers. Over the last year, the cell conducted 20 attacks on Iraqi police stations using pistols with silencers as well as daggers.
Some of the Al Qaida operatives, complaining of the large size of silencers, have designed their own equipment. Others have used U.S.-made silencers, available over the Internet or on the black market.
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