‘Poor man’s bomb’ reaps bloody toll in African jihadist hotspot

They are cheap, made from components that are easily obtained – and murderously effective.

Security experts say that in the arsenal of jihadist groups whose insurgency is shaking the Sahel state of Burkina Faso, the improvised explosive device (IED) is one of the deadliest weapons.

“With 15,000-20,000 CFA francs (US$25), you’ve got an IED that can destroy something worth a thousand times more,” a security source said.

“It’s a poor man’s weapon in an asymmetrical war.”

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Source: South China Morning Post