bin Laden Bodyguard Can Turn a Sega Cartridge into a Bomb

There were some pretty awesome games on the old Sega Genesis.

Some bombs, too.

But an Al Qaeda operative apparently taught himself how to turn a Genesis cartridge into a real bomb, as the New York Times reports:

They were called the Dirty 30 — bodyguards for Osama bin Laden captured early in the Afghanistan war — and many of them are still being held at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Others still at the much-criticized detention camp there include prisoners who the government says were trained in assassination and the use of poisons and disguises.

One detainee is said to have been schooled in making detonators out of Sega game cartridges. A Yemeni who has received little public attention was originally selected by Mr. bin Laden as a potential Sept. 11 hijacker, intelligence officials say.

It’s unknown whether a Sega cartridge bomb was ever actually used in a terrorist attack.

Via: Kotaku

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  1. 0
    Shadow D. Darkman says:

    SONIC: You’re too slow!






    Oh, shi…

    [Shadow D. Darkman has been disconnected.]


    "Game on, brothers and sisters." -Leet Gamer Jargon

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    LovePuffin says:

    "It’s unknown whether a Sega cartridge bomb was ever actually used in a terrorist attack."

    Lie. It was called Shaq-Fu.


    * Words, Bernardo… words. There was a time when I believed in words. *

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    Twin-Skies says:

    1. Who the hell even plays Genesis games on the original console these days? *looks at PSP’s emulator*

    2. Big whoop – most of these Sega cartridges were bombs to begin with!

    An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.

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    Androktasie says:

    Really?  No one’s going to shoot for it?  <sigh>

    Zero Wing was a Genesis game.  It’s obvious that someone set us up the bomb!


    Wipe them out, 93% of them!

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    GoodRobotUs says:

    LOL Well, to be honest, it’s a detonator, not a bomb, it’s the device used to trigger a bomb, and if that is the case, why use a Sega cartridge when you can make one out of a $2 wristwatch?

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    jsmuli2 says:


    Terrorism = SEGA

    SEGA = Video Games


    Terrorism = Video Games





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    King of Fiji says:

    I remember reading in a magazine awhile ago that someone hollowed out a Game Boy Color in an attempt to turn it into a bomb or already did but got caught in the process.

    So in short anyone, including non terrorists, can turn anything into bombs.



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