We’ve all received junk text messages from our service providers telling us about an update or a service change, or spam from a phone number we’ve never seen before. It’s typically just a minor annoyance that leaves us wondering how they got our number in the first place. But unlike the rest of the junk texts, this is a story about the first and (likely) only time that a random spam message brought some good to the world.
A female bomber, who is suspected to be part of the same Jihadist group responsible for the suicide bombing in Moscow’s airport, was getting her suicide bomb ready in a safe house and using her cell phone as a detonator. She had rigged the bomb so that a text message from an accomplice would detonate it when she was in a heavily populated area. Fortunately, the phone service provider beat her to it and detonated the bomb before it was ready.
While it would be gregarious to lament the terrorist’s death; we’re much more grateful that this was the outcome instead of the loss of countless innocent lives.