Monday, April 5, 2010

Bombs

Suicide bomber kills 2 police in troubled Russian province - USATODAY.com

Islamic radicals set off a bomb near a police station and killed two police officers. Later, a second bomb when off near the scene of the first bombing. This is an old trick, set of a bomb or attack someone, then when the first responders show up, set off a second bomb to kill cops, fireman, paramedics and anyone else who arrives to help. The IRA used this trick, 30 years ago, and cops are still falling for it.

We need to be more aware of the basics of terrorists tactics so that when it happens here, and it does happen here ever year, we are able to respond properly. This is similar to the tactic the Hutaree terrorists were planning before they were raided by the FBI. Kill a cop, then attack the funeral and kill more cops.

If a bomb explodes, and you are a first responder, one of the first things to do is look for other bombs. Look for other bombers. Often, suicide bombers travel in small groups, of two bombers. They often have handlers with them to drive them to the scene or direct them to the specific target. Watch out for people who don't fit the scene or who are running the wrong way. Check for cars or packages near the scene that could be additional devices. Create a large evacuation zone and get all non-essential people outside that zone.

Set up staging and triage areas far from the scene, where additional attacks would be difficult. Use locations that do not have direct line of sight to the scene of the attack. Search the staging and triage areas before bringing back up or victims there for treatment. Don't be shy about towing away suspicious cars and leaving them where they can't do damage if they explode. Bring in all your bomb technicians and dogs as soon as possible to check for other devices. Look for the second bomb, and the third one, that's what the SGT Says.

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