In the past day, we have learned more about how Israeli forces caught the two Tel Aviv shooters and their accomplice. Now, The Times of Israel's Judah Ari Gross reports that the IDF has carried out raids in the West Bank, seizing machinery used to make weapons of terror:
Israeli security forces seized machinery used to make home-made guns in the West Bank on Thursday night, in a crackdown following a lethal terror attack in Tel Aviv on Wednesday, the army said.
The Israel Defense Forces and Border Police, along with representatives from the Defense Ministry’s Civil Administration, located the two drill presses, which are suspected of being used to create illegal guns. One of the machines was found in Eizariya and the other in Abu Dis — two Arab towns near Jerusalem.
The shooting in Tel Aviv’s Sarona Market this week was carried out with two homemade guns, known by law enforcement as “Carlos,” after the Swedish Carl Gustav submachine gun, on which the design is loosely based.
In addition to the gun-making equipment, Israeli forces discovered bullets and components of explosive devices at the two sites, the army said in a statement.
The production of these Carlos has proven extremely difficult for Israel and other nations around the world to stop, as their brutally simple design makes them easy to produce and in some ways more lethal than a proper rifle in a terror attack.
The guns can be created out of water pipes and other easily accessible materials; they are wildly inaccurate and are often fully automatic, meaning the gun fires round after round until the shooter lifts his or her finger off the trigger or runs out of bullets.
For precision strikes these guns are nearly worthless, but for mayhem there are few better options, especially considering their low cost.