The world’s first modern style “explosives-strapped-to-the-body” suicide bombing occurred at the courthouse of Murchison in 1905.
Much of the population of the small New Zealand town were in attendance as the court tried to reach a settlement between two feuding farmers.
Mr Walter Neame claimed his neighbour Mr Joseph Sewell had stolen his cow. While in a fit of rage, Sewell was led from the courtroom by a constable. Once outside, he blew himself up using gelignite strapped under his coat.
He was the only casualty. One local paper reported that the explosion blew Sewell’s trousers clean off, along with his beard and whiskers.