A new "In Pictures" of posts featuring images of the "martyrdom seekers" (al-istishhadiyyin) of contemporary Muslim militant groups encountered during my academic research:
Abu Mus'ab al-'Asimi, a teenage member of Al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), who detonated a van full of explosives on an Algerian military base in Dellys, Algeria in September 2009. The cameraman, from AQIM's Al-Andalus Media Foundation, asked him, "Is this the vehicle that will take you to Paradise?," to which the teenager smiles and replies, "Yes this is the vehicle [which will take me] to Paradise."
'Abd al-'Aziz (Harakat al-Shabab al-Mujahideen in Somalia)
Abu Ayyub al-Muhajir (Harakat al-Shabab al-Mujahideen in Somalia)
The "fidai'yyin" (self-sacrificers) team from the Haqqani Network who attacked the Hotel Inter-Continental in Kabul, Afghanistan in September 2011.
The pictures that follow are also of members of that team.