It is because it was easily accessible? (Above photo: is this the kind of explosion which killed Altantuya?)

You do not need to be highly trained to know how C4 explosives work. C-4 recipes are available via the Internet and in books. Amazon.com, the giant Web book merchant, offers used copies of an out-of-print book called “Homemade C-4: A Recipe for Survival.” C4 is one variety of plastic explosives. THESE ARE NOT MY WORDS, I GOT IT FROM THE INTERNET!(See photo right: how C4 is being prepared).

According to Bernama, Altantuya’s alleged murderers – Azilah Hadri and Sirul Azhar had also undergone the basic training with explosives, as each UTK (special force) member had to undergo such training. They are taught to identify explosives and how to use and detonate them (NST).

In court on July 12, UTK training officer DSP MV Sri Kumar, however, said the duo had no specialisation training in explosives, save for their basic training when they joined UTK (Malaysiakini).

What does it take for C4 to explode?

Just as with other explosives, you need to apply some energy to C-4 to kick off the chemical reaction. Because of the stabilizer elements, it takes a considerable shock to set off this reaction; lighting the C-4 with a match will just make it burn slowly, like a piece of wood (in Vietnam, soldiers actually burned C-4 as an improvised cooking fire). Even shooting the explosive with a rifle won’t trigger the reaction. Only a detonator, or blasting cap will do the job properly.

How much do you need to kill “several people”?

A small amount of C4 packs a pretty big punch. Less than a pound of C-4 could potentially kill several people, and several military issue M112 blocks of C-4, weighing about 1.25 pounds (half a kilogram) each, could potentially demolish a truck. Demolition experts typically use a good amount of C-4 in order to do a job properly. To take out one 8-inch (20.3-centimeter) square steel beam, for example, they would probably use 8 to 10 pounds (3.6 to 4.5 kilograms) of C-4.

Was C4 found at the murder site, because that’s what the newspapers said earlier? What about the detonator or a blasting cap, have they found them? These days, news report were careful not to mention C4, instead, reports state that Altantuya was killed by “probable blast injuries”.

What does that mean? Does that mean the source who issued or approved the murder weapon would now be absolved from the murder?

15 responses »

  1. hawk says:

    hmmmm….007 stuff ler.

    Licence to Kill and then got betrayed by those in command!!

  2. msiaboleh says:

    These days, news report were careful not to mention C4, instead, reports state that Altantuya was killed by probable blast injuries….Next, the blast would had been set off by robots, not humans. Hence, the 3 humans accused of the crime would escape the gallows. The robots are hanged and end of trial. Pssst… the judge also got promoted.

  3. observer says:

    In yesterday’s trial, witness DSP Sri Kumar said C4 was not available in UTK (but maybe from Mindef). The explosives used and stored in the UTK store included PE, Cutting Liner Charge (CLC), detonating or det cord, detonator and sound devices like flash bang.
    Enhanced Images of the crime scene taken on Nov 7 2006 show no crater (CLC not used); then was it just hand grenades that was used?
    Details and images from:
    http://powerpresent.blogspot.com/2007/07/more-pics-video-day-18-altantuya-murder.html

  4. Raja says:

    It is not the manner of death that is important but the cause. She did not have a heart attack and died.

    “Probable blast injuries” is preferred to “blown to bits” ! But does that mean military issued explosives were used?

    Some readers say the use of timed C4 stuffed into the rectum is the preferred method favored by CIA operatives whenever they want to leave little human remains for forensic experts to work on – except for the DNA.

    Does this mean the CIA were involved?

  5. fuzzy says:

    Was it C4 or hand grenade? Some report stated hand grenade.

  6. susmaryosep says:

    Hello msiaboleh,
    You have made the most accurate assessment of what will be happening at this trial… It’s just wayang kulit, and I have stopped reading the mainstream news, as I don’t want to puke every morning….😦

  7. kittykat46 says:

    A hand grenade would have killed the person, but not blown the entire body to bits. Hand grenades are encased in a steel case, which will also serve to spray steel fragments in all directions during the explosion.
    The most likely way to blow the body to bits would have been a form of plastic explosive taped directly to the body. C-4 is just one of many brands of plastic explosives. It is 30% more powerful than TNT, very stable, can be formed around everyday objects, small amounts can pack a big punch.

    Plastic explosives are the favourite weapon of terrorist.

    For this reason, almost all countries exercise strict control on the availability plastic explosives.

    Most of the common explosives employed in civilian engineering and construction are dynamite-based.

    Was it merely sloppy control which allowed UTK members to pilfer stocks of Plastic Explosives. Or was the stock released to them under official orders from the Chain of Command ?

    The question is not relevant to establishing the guilt of the accused, but outside of the trial, it is very relevant to questions on the integrity of the Malaysian Police and Armed Forces, right to the very top of Mindef ? (You know where this question ends up)

  8. wits0 says:

    The C4 opens a big can of worms in the System but the MSM is playing dumb and deaf wrt its gross implicit weakness, judging from the court testimonies.

  9. Leithaisor says:

    Much was said about the checks on unused C4 being returned and logged by the UTK staff.

    But how do they ensure that whatever amount was supposed to be used was acrtually used?

    If 100gms of C4 was issued, and 3 training blasts, each using 20gms were claimed to have been carried out, and then the unused ramainder (40gms) is returned, weighed and logged, how can they be sure that:

    1. 3 blasts each using 20gms were actually carried out? No C-4 is supposed to remain after each blast, so do they just take the word of those involved that 3 blasts were carried out? If one or more of the training blasts was not carried out, then would there not be some C-4 left which the system of checks does not even know exists? And not only C4, but the detonator cap as well?

    2. What if 3 training blasts were actually carried out, but only 15gms were used for each with the remaining 15gms (made up of 5 gms taken from each training blast), would the current system of checks have been able to pick that up? Even if there was an independant observer watching the training blasts from a distance, can he see the difference between a 20gm blast and a 15 gm blast ?

    I wonder.

  10. speloo says:

    Terrorism and Terrorist Threats

    They could be terrorists as well.

  11. wits0 says:

    Nope, the UTK members could become really rich after the jihadist elements from South Thailand make contact with them for the supply of C4 which is worth their weight in gold.

  12. Raja says:

    The importance of the use of grenades, C4 or whatever type of explosives is obvious when viewed within the context of the deletion of immigration computer records.

    It obviously does not require the use of explosives to kill anybody.

    The cause of death as being “blast related injuries” may not be accurate – and purposely so. If she was already dead by then whoever used the explosives did not kill her – so no murder there. Attempting to get rid of the evidence i.e. of a dead body in this case, would make him liable to the lesser charge of obstruction of justice.

    Somebody killed her which was enough to stop the blackmailing and the harassment etc. Somebody blew her dead body to bits to get rid of the body. Somebody then deleted all official records of her ever being in Malaysia.

    A group of people must have come together to decide her fate, then to get rid of the body (no body no murder) and deleted official records of her ever being present in the country. Is this not evidence of a conspiracy to murder?

    Who says conspirators must have an IQ of more than 120 to be guilty of murder??

  13. wits0 says:

    blast related injuries

    Damn contrived expression. Something that suggests to living in ivory towers, breathing rarified air and (unmentionedly)detracts actual respect for the black suits.

  14. CSI says:

    After 17 days of trial, we still don’t know the faces of Sirul and Azilah. If they’re convicted, will we get to know if they send the correct person to the gallows or … better still provide them with a NEW identity and start life a new in a no man’s island. It would be a GREAT storyline for a movie. Huh! Anyway, details at the immigration entering n leaving the country can easiy be erased what more for a NEW identity!

  15. dlquill says:

    I wonder what the new UTK guys working for the VVIP are thinking now?
    With sireh and attila in jail, it must be scary. I wouldnt want to be a UTK even the pays is better than 007!!!!!

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