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Suicide Bombing in the NWFP: The Need for Research and Information Collection on Human Bombers

Naushad Ali Khan

Abstract:
Terrorism got its ugliest and deadliest face as suicide bombing since 9/11. The lawenforcement agencies throughout the world were constrained to redefine their role and
modify their structures to respond to the new phase of this violent organized crime. The
academics are searching to locate the underlying reasons for this and also find the solutions
and policy choices how to respond to it. However, most of the researches on terrorism in the
western world lack proximal observation and understanding of ground realities. The
researchers close to the scene of terrorism, on the other hand, lack resources, skills and peace
of mind. So, a persistent gap of understanding exists on both sides. This paper explains the
urgent need for a proper, analytical, comprehensive and valid research on the rapidly
growing and aggravating problem of human bombing in the context of Pakistan, which is not
only a serious crime, but also has strong ideological messages for others.
Keywords:
Suicide Bombing, Living Bombers, Research, Jihadi, Prevention, Investigation,
Interrogation, Intelligence, Counter-terrorist Strategy, Characteristics.