Suicide Bombers: Are You a Target?

In this article a general framework is provided for the methods of detecting suicide bombers as a security threat for rail transportation. Suicide bombers pose a unique threat, it is explained, as the bomb is not concealed in the building's structure but is typically located on the body of the suicide bomber. The method is efficient for terrorist groups for three primary reasons: it does not require expensive equipment or logistics; it provides a public venue for the group's views to be expressed; and, it inflicts the most damage to the group's enemies with the least loss of life to the group itself. Upon discussing the motivating factors for such terrorists, it is noted that officials should be vigilant if their locale is of particular importance to the group, or if it may be perceived as a “soft target;” that is, a target that is vulnerable to such attacks. The three warning signs of an attack are secrecy, surveillance, and rehearsals of the act. Additional lists are included pointing out potential suicide bomber behavior indicators and indicators of potential concealed weapons.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Illustrations;
  • Pagination: pp 50, 52
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01047199
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 25 2007 3:42PM