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The Science and Technology of Counterterrorism by Carl Young

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Chapter 6

Conventional Explosive Threats and Risk Mitigation

6.1 Introduction

Explosive threats are a significant problem in an era of increasing concern over terrorism. Conventional explosives are relatively easy to obtain, and there are numerous examples of major damage caused by small amounts of highly energetic materials. Vehicles in particular offer opportunities to conceal and deliver substantial explosive payloads.

Such payloads are capable of causing tremendous physical destruction and loss of life. The truck bomb that leveled the U.S. Marine Corps barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1986, the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia, and the bombing of the Alfred R. Murrah building in Oklahoma City, in 1995 are three prominent examples.

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