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[Suicide bomber using a pipe bomb]

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  • 1 Institut für Rechtsmedizin, Universität des Saarlandes.
  • PMID: 11824094

[Suicide bomber using a pipe bomb]

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Affiliation

  • 1 Institut für Rechtsmedizin, Universität des Saarlandes.
  • PMID: 11824094

Abstract

Suicidal deaths caused by pipe bombs are rare. An 18-year-old man was found dead in a forest by hikers. In immediate proximity to the body, a crater was located obviously induced by a detonation. The postmortem examination revealed severe damage of the head, upper-body and both arms and hands along with the extensive presence of soot and dirt. Particularly noticeable were numerous “entry wounds” and the presence of five bullet like pieces of metal in the body. The young man had a history of drug abuse and psychiatric problems. On the basis of autopsy findings, the conclusions of the police investigation and psychopathological considerations regarding the victim’s case-history, discussion centers upon the differentiation between suicide by self-explosion, homicide by explosion or death as a consequence of numerous bullet wounds followed by an attempt to burn the body. Also considered is the possibility of paranoid psychosis induced by cannabis use as a cause of suicide.

Suicidal deaths caused by pipe bombs are rare. An 18-year-old man was found dead in a forest by hikers. In immediate proximity to the body, a crater was located obviously induced by a detonation. The postmortem examination revealed severe damage of the head, upper-body and both arms and hands along … ]]>