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U.S. Warns of Threat of Truck Bomb Attacks

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued a bulletin last week warning of the possibility of a truck bomb and spelled out measures to help preempt such an attack. In a Homeland Security Information Bulletin dated May 15 and obtained by Reuters on Friday, the department gave detailed information on threats involving “vehicle borne improvised explosive devices” — commonly known as truck bombs. “The Department of Homeland Security believes that a truck bombing by terrorists may be preempted if the general public remains alert for certain indicators,” said the bulletin, which was distributed to major U.S. companies among others. “DHS has no specific information to indicate that a truck bombing of any kind is currently being planned in the United States,” it said, adding that it wanted to advise the public as well as people who “own and operate facilities” about possible indicators of “terrorist attack planning.” The bulletin was issued to provide general information to help in recognizing potential truck bomb threats or incidents based on the recent bombings in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Full Story

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