|Last Updated: Jan 31, 2001|
Al-Megrahi Sentenced for Pan Am Flight 103 Bombing
01/04/01 - According reports, a woman in an ultra-Orthodox neighborhood observed a pedestrian suspiciously thow a bag into a garbage container. The woman alerted her brother who opened the bag and discovered two mortar shells connected by wires to cellular phone. The man ripped the wires out between the mortar shells and celluler phone before calling the police. The Jerusalem police bomb squad arrived shortly after and removed the disabled device.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Despite the man's apparent success, attempting to disarm a bomb without proper training and equipment is a very foolish act. If the device was constructed differently, his actions could have easily activated the bomb killing himself and anyone else in close proximity. As a rule, NEVER TOUCH, MOVE, or COVER ATTEMPT TO DEACTIVATE A SUSPECT DEVICE!
Blasts Damage Two Churches in Tajikistan
01/02/01 - Two churches in the Tajik capital of Dushanbe were damaged in separate bomb attacks. One bomb destroyed two auxiliary buildings at the Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas. The second bomb blew out windows and caused minor damage a Seventh Day Adventist church. No one has claimed credit for these attacks.
01/02/01 - A small bomb which detonated outside the offices of the Saba news agency resulted in minor damage and one injury. This is the fifth bombing in Aden since the beginning of the New Year.
01/02/01 - According to reports, a small IED exploded in the doorway of the state unemployment office at France's Charles de Gaulle Airport. The blast blew out the door and windows and caused minor property damage. No one was injured in the attack.
01/02/01 - Effective January 1, 2001, we have reduced the standard price of the Bomb Countermeasures for Security Professionals CD-ROM from $299.00 to $199.00 per unit. We hope that the reduced price will increase accessibility of this information to law enforcement agencies and corporate security departments with limited training budgets.
Additionally, all copies of the Bomb Countermeasures for Security Professionals CD-ROM purchased after August 2000 will be eligible for a free upgrade to Version 2.0 (currently in development).
01/01/01 - At least ten people were wounded when a bomb exploded in Istanbul's Taskim Square shortly after the start of the New Year.
01/01/01 - At least forty people were injured by a car bomb detonation in the Israeli coastal city of Netanya.
RECENT ADDITIONS & NEW LINKS
A Guide for Explosion and Bombing Scene Investigation
Significant Incidents of Political Violence Against Americans: 1998
COTS Blast Mitigation Resource Data Base
2001 Seminars and Workshops
A four day training program addressing the issues of Executive Protection, Counterterrorism, and IED Countermeasures. Instructed by Joseph Bannon, Ph.D and Craig Gundry, CPS (author of the Bomb Countermeasures for Security Professionals CD-ROM). Hosted and coordinated by S.T.A.R.T. and Executive Security International (Aspen, CO).
This seminar is open to all security and law enforcement professionals. Call (215) 247-5500 or e-mail the S.T.A.R.T. staff for details: email@example.com.
A series of three one-day seminars designed to familiarize emergency responders and law enforcement personnel with issues pertaining to Weapons of Mass Destruction. Topics include large-scale explosive devices and chemical and biological WMD. Instructed by Craig Gundry, CPS and Dr. Harvey J. McGeorge. Hosted by the Pennsylvania Eastern Regional Counterterrorism Task Force.
Registration is restricted to active Pennsylvania emergency responders and police. Click here for more details.
A two-day seminar adressing a wide range of bomb security related issues. Instructed by Craig Gundry, CPS. Hosted by S-2 Security and Intelligence Institute.
Contact us for more details: firstname.lastname@example.org
Due to the excellent response we received from our December program in Nassau, we will be holding another two-day Bomb Security workshop in September 2001. This seminar will be hosted again by Preventative Measures (Nassau, Bahamas). Watch for more details and a confirmed schedule in the near future.
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WHY A BOMB?
In addition to its power as a weapon, bombs offer terrorists a number of advantages over other types of weapons and forms of attack. In a presentation at the Eighth International Conference on Terrorist Devices and Methods, Australian Brigadier Major M. H. MacKenzie-Orr described six reasons why terrorists often prefer bombing over other methods of attack:
b. The bomb is impersonal.
c. It separates the bomber from the scene of his attack.
d. A bomb contains within itself the seeds of destruction of the forensic evidence [a very false assumption] which is normally of great assistance in solving a crime.
e. Components from which bombs can be made are readily available in any reasonably developed country.
f. The construction of a bomb is a relatively simple matter.
These factors have all contributed to the bomb's status as the number one method of terrorist attack worldwide.