HomeDid the US use a secret flying 'Ninja Bomb' to kill Al-Qaeda leader ZawahiriDid the US use a secret flying ‘ninja bomb’ to kill al-Qaeda...

Did the US use a secret flying ‘ninja bomb’ to kill al-Qaeda leader Zawahiri?

Did the US use a secret flying ‘ninja bomb’ to kill al-Qaeda leader Zawahiri?
The Flying Ninja Bomb Hellfire R9X was used in the targeted killing of Al-Qaeda leader Al Zawahiri by the United States

Notorious Al-Qaeda terrorist Ayman al-Zawahiri was killed by two missiles fired at his Kabul home — but pictures showed no sign of an explosion, and US officials say no one else was harmed.

That points to the use again by the United States of the macabre Hellfire R9X, a warhead-less missile believed equipped with six razor-like blades extending from the fuselage that slices through its target but does not explode.

Never publicly acknowledged by the Pentagon or CIA — the two US agencies known to undertake targeted assassinations of extremist leaders — the R9X first appeared in March 2017 when Al-Qaeda senior leader Abu al-Khayr al-Masri was killed by a drone strike while traveling in a car in Syria.

Photos of the vehicle showed a large hole through the roof, with the car’s metal, and all of the interior, including its occupants, physically shredded. But the front and rear of the car appeared completely intact.

Up until then, Hellfire missiles — fired by drones in targeted attacks — were known for powerful explosions and often extensive collateral damage and deaths.

Since 2017, a handful of other finely-targeted attacks show similar results.

Details of the mysterious weapon leaked out, and it was dubbed the “Flying Ginsu,” after a famous 1980s television commercial for ostensibly Japanese kitchen knives that would cut cleanly through aluminium cans and remain perfectly sharp.

Also called the “ninja bomb,” the missile has become the US munition of choice for killing leaders of terror groups while avoiding civilian casualties.

That is apparently what happened with Zawahiri.

A US official told reporters that on the morning of July 31, Zawahiri was standing alone on the balcony of his Kabul residence, when a US drone launched the two Hellfires.

Apparent photographs of the building show windows blown out on one floor, but the rest of the building, including windows on other floors, still in place.

Members of Zawahiri’s family were present in the home, but “were purposely not targeted and were not harmed,” the official said.

“We have no indications that civilians were harmed in this strike,” the official added.



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Aatmanirbhar Bharat


Army gets its first indigenous man-portable suicide drones

New Delhi: The army has got its first indigenous man-portable suicide drones that are designed to target enemy training camps, launch pads and infiltrators...

Defence minister Rajnath Singh Sets ₹50k-cr military export target

New Delhi: On resuming charge as defence minister, Rajnath Singh has set a target to generate military exports worth Rs 50,000 crore on an...

AMCA 5th Generation Stealth Fighter Updates

AMCA to be integrated with sophisticated indigenous Distributed Aperture System (DAS) that making it a formidable air asset for the Indian Air Force

Source : IgMp Bureau India’s Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) is on the brink of a revolutionary transformation with the integration of a sophisticated Distributed...

AMCA to incorporate the best features of both 5th and 6th Generation fighters: ADA sources

Source : IgMp Bureau India's strides toward indigenous air dominance receive a substantial boost with the green signal for the Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA)...

Most Popular

Recent Comments

Archive Months


India successfully carries out training launch of nuclear capable Prithvi-II Short Range Ballistic Missile (SRBM) off Odisha coast

Source : ABP NewsPrithvi-II Short Range Ballistic Missile (SRBM)Successful training launch of a Short-Range Ballistic Missile, Prithvi-II was carried out on Tuesday from Integrated...

IAF carries out emergency landing exercise in Andhra Pradesh

The Indian Air Force on Monday successfully carried out a trial of emergency landing of aircraft on the National Highway-16 near Pichikalagudipadu village here,...

Offshore Security Coordination Committee to meet on September 1 to review preparedness of India’s installations

New Delhi: The 135th meeting of the Offshore Security Coordination Committee (OSCC) is scheduled to be held at Ahmedabad on September 1, for reviewing...

India ‘bright spot’ amidst despondency, geopolitical upheavals: Army Chief General Manoj Pande

India’s outlook emphasises respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity of all nations as well as peaceful resolution of disputes and adherence to international rules,...
error: Content is protected !!