|Last Updated: Jan. 2, 2001|
Police RSP Car Bomb in Spain
12/31/00 - Following telephone warnings issued by the Basque ETA, Spanish police safely disposed of a car bomb containing over 220 pounds of explosive. The bomb was concealed in a car stolen from France and parked near a hotel in Seville. Approximately 100 guests were evacuated from the hotel after the warnings were received.
12/31/00 - A bomb blast in the town of Corte damaged offices and shattered windows at the Environment Office of Corsica. No one was injured in the attack. Property damage was estimated at 500,000 French francs (approx. US$70,000).
12/30/00 - Five explosions in Manila killed at least 14 people and injured more than 90. The first four blasts occurred almost simultaneously, targeting a bus and train coach, an airport, and a park. The most devastating attack occurred onboard a train pulling into Blumentritt Station. This blast killed nine and injured at least 40.
The fifth bomb, discovered at a gas station near the Dusit hotel, detonated while police bomb disposal personnel were attempting to disarm the device. One police officer was killed in the blast.
12/28/00 - Bombings in Tel Aviv and Gaza killed at least 2 and wounded 15. According to reports, the first incident occurred around a bus in Tel Aviv--resulting in at least 13 injured. The second blast occurred at the Sufa crossing checkpoint in Gaza, killing 2 and injuring 2 others.
12/27/00 - A bomb exploded in the offices of the Electoral Commission on the island of Pemba, causing severe damage to the facility. No one was reported injured. This is the seventh bombing in the Zanzibar region since the conclusion of the islands general elections seven weeks ago.
12/22/00 - A suicide bomber detonated a device in a West Bank roadside café that killed him and injured at least three Israeli soldiers. Police reports state that the bomber walked into the café, sat down and detonated the bomb without any warning.
The same café was the target of a suicide bombing in 1993.
12/17/00 - A British citizen from Scotland, David Brown, lost an eye and suffered injuries to his hands and face following an explosion at Al Khobar. The explosive device was concealed inside a juice carton left near the windshield of Browns car. The device detonated when Brown tried to move the container.
This is the third bomb attack directed against a British citizen in Saudi Arabia in the past 31 days. All three attacks involved devices planted on/in the targets vehicle.
For information about defense against anti-vehicle explosive attacks, see Lesson Seven of the Bomb Countermeasures for Security Professionals CD-ROM. To download a free CBT training module describing vehicle search procedures, click "Here."
12/09/00 - A car bomb detonated near a mosque in the Chechen village of Alkhan-Yurt (south of Grozny). The explosion killed 19 civilians and injured at least 21 others. Reports are unclear, but the device which exploded appears to have been a secondary which detonated after a crowd gathered (following a first incident).
12/01/00 - Two improvised landmines were discovered along a road between an airport and the town of Barrancabermeja just two hours prior to a scheduled visit by U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone and U.S. Ambassador Anne Patterson. Despite contrasting statements by Colombian police, U.S. officials do not believe that the devices were planted as part of an assassination attempt.
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Vehicle Bomb Delivery Indicators
Studies of previous incidents have revealed several types of suspicious behavior which, if observed, may indicate a possible vehicle bomb delivery. All security and law enforcement personnel assigned to high threat environments should be trained to recognize the following delivery indicators:
The driver manipulates something near the driver's seat before exiting the vehicle.