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- n. One who carries explosives on his or her body or in a vehicle and intends to detonate them to ensure maximum casualty of perceived enemies and inflict widespread damage. Usually the attacker is motivated by a political cause and is willing to die in the process.
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- n. a terrorist who blows himself up in order to kill or injure other people
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“Does this Arab street phrase refer to the person or suicide bomber in the street,” asks Bianca Carter of Slingerlands, New York, “or is there a broader meaning?”
We hadn’t been hit with choking chlorine gas yet, but the word on the street was a suicide bomber was going to ram a chlorine-filled truck bomb through the southeast gate, the one closest to the hospital and virtually just outside our door.
Again it was Bud McFarlane: He said a suicide bomber had just driven a truckload of dynamite past our sentries and smashed into the marine barracks at the Beirut Airport.
15 Among the people interviewed by Nasra Hassan was a suicide bomber who had survived his mission: Israeli security forces apprehended him before he could detonate his bomb.