Money quote: An Amazon spokesman said the
firm stood by their decision to sell the book.
A DIY bomb-making guide recommended as a “must-own” by al-Qaida supporters is available from web store Amazon.
The Daily Star (UK) can reveal the lethal book contains step-by-step instructions on how to make explosives and detonators. A shocked MP described the book as a “terrorist’s dream” and called for it to be banned.
The cover of The Preparatory Manual Of Explosives, Third Edition
boasts “574 pages – 166 explosives” alongside photos of blasts. It
starts by explaining basic science such as the periodic table, how elements
react with each other and how to mix them in test tubes. It tells readers
in minute detail how to make deadly devices including fertiliser bombs, Semtex
and TNT and, crucially for would-be bomb nuts, their “overall value as an
The £37.49 book is available to any customer on the online store. And it adds: “The book will enlighten the reader in the art of explosives chemistry and science.”
The book, compiled by author Jared Ledgard, has become so useful to wannabe terrorists that it is listed on Islamic websites as a “must-own”.
One fanatics’ site features it alongside pro-Taliban propaganda and information from “Holy Warriors in Afghanistan”.
However, on Amazon the book is listed under the encyclopaedias category alongside books for children of school age.
Last night an Amazon spokesman said the firm stood by their decision to sell the book. He added: “We do not dictate to our customers what they can or cannot buy.”