An excerpt from - WEAPON OF VENGEANCE
(Forge Books, USA) and
THE DUST WILL NEVER SETTLE (HarperCollins
India)– by Mukul Deva
Two could be seen lining up the hostages. Starting from one side
she began to gun them down; delivering one shot each to their
faces, ensuring that each screamed as she or he saw death
coming. Acrid gun smoke furled up in the air.
Raider Two proceeded the killing became more brutal. She shot
the sixth hostage first in the lower jaw. His soundless scream
rang out. Only then did she put one between his eyes. The eighth
was shot twice in the knees before her coup de grace. The
eleventh, the American cousin visiting Israel, was begging for
mercy when she put the muzzle against his stomach. There was a
soundless click as the firing pin slammed down on an empty
kneeling hostage looked up. Amazed. Shocked. Then he vomited.
now Raider Two was directly in front of the security camera
overhead. Probably she was aware of it and had positioned the
hostages to ensure it caught their slaughter in gory detail.
Dropping the now empty assault rifle she unsheathed a wicked
knife from her ankle holster.
hostage was still vomiting when she reached down grabbed his
hair and yanked his head back. The knife moved in a quick
diagonal slash across the throat. He gurgled and then slumped
forward. His blood rained out in droplets on Raider Two’s hands.
She licked her lips as she wiped it clean on her pant leg.
There was madness in her eyes.
On the second half of the screen, recording all this on
a Blackberry, Raider One had been moving in tandem with Raider
Two. They saw an odd expression on her face; as though she
wanted it all to end, yet was fascinated by what she was seeing.
Her mouth was slightly, almost erotically, open and her chest
heaved. And now and then her tongue forayed out and moistened
the time Raider Two moved to the twelfth man her breath was
coming in rasping gasps, eyes blazing and splatters of blood
final hostage did not scream. There was an amazing calm in how
he stared at her, perhaps a touch of pity. His lips were moving
as though praying… for her.
surge of anger on Raider Two’s face at his lack of fear was
palpable. Perhaps that he was a Jew fueled her anger. Shifting
the knife’s angle she sliced out his right ear. The hostage
scream goaded Raider Two on. She sliced off the second ear now.
The scream this time seemed to go on forever. Raider Two
reversed her hold on the knife and drove it into the hostage’s
right eye. The scream ended abruptly as the knife entered the
brain and drove life out of him.
Two stood frozen, with the knife buried in the hostage’s skull.
She seemed depleted. As though it was not just the hostage that
had died. As though something inside her had died too.
it on the Blackberry’s 3.25-inch touch screen, Raider One
smiled. She began tapping out something on the keypad.
She would have needed to get the recording out.
One watched impatiently as the file slowly uploaded, mentally
goading it on, aware that time was now desperately short.
transmission must have completed because she gave a satisfied
nod and was putting the phone away when a stun grenade smashed
through the nearby window. It exploded with a mind numbing roar
and blinding flash, so bright that it dazzled Peled’s audience.
two raiders were reeling when IDF commandoes raced in and
unleashed a hail of bullets into them.
mission complete, the two terrorists triggered their camera
bombs and death claimed them.
Five raced into the central hall. She saw her teammates were
down and reached for the trigger of her camera bomb.
commando had turned when he heard her run in and got off two
shots off even as her hand was reaching for the camera bomb.
first bullet missed. The second whipped past her temple. It
grazed deeply enough to make her reel and clutch at the wound.
a flash the commando was upon her.
carnage was over.
task force commander now raced into the mosque. He came to a
stunned stop as he surveyed the horrifying bodies. He turned to
the commando who had captured Raider Five.
that fucking bitch alive. We need to find out who was behind
this. Whoever it is will pay. By God they will.’
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