Terrorist explosive belt attacks: specific patterns of bone traumas
In cases of terrorist bomb attacks, the issue of victim identification is the principal aim. For investigators and justice, terrorists must also be identified in a timely manner. The fragmentation of bodies caused by explosive devices however makes this operation difficult. The cases presented correspond to six autopsies of perpetrators carrying explosives. Their explosive belts produced different body sections on areas correlated with the location on the body of carrying explosive charges. Indeed, cross-sectional areas are the signature of the level of explosive devices on the body, and some fracture features through the damage of certain areas of constitutional weaknesses are specific elements to consider. These elements can allow a quick distinction between victims and terrorists, in order to assist in the medico-legal process of identification.
KeywordsForensic medicine Anthropology Blast injuries Bone traumas Suicide bombing
We would like to express our sincere appreciation to Céline Deguette, Charlotte Gorgiard, Isabelle Sec, and Lilia Hamza.
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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
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