One who carries an explosive device on their person which is capable of triggering an instant detonation with a blast yield significant enough to destroy the target as well as the bomber. Suicide bombing is a low-cost yet emphatic method of delivering a bomb which is most frequently employed by forces too disadvantaged to fight at their enemy's military level.
The earliest recorded instances of suicide attacks are perhaps those in the Bible, notably the Amorites' attacks on the Jews, and Samson's attack on a Philistine temple.
The first recorded suicide bomber was perhaps Jan van Speijk, a Dutch lieutenant who detonated his own ship in the Belgian Revolution of the 1830s, or Karl Klinke in 1864 at the Battle of Dybbøl.
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