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IED’s Found Near Railroad Tracks

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Train service was suspended in the vicinity of Athy, Co Kildare recently after two improvised explosive devices (IED) were found near the tracks.

Two viable explosive devices found in the vicinity of the rail line in Athy, Co Kildare last night are being forensically examined.

The alarm was raised at 3pm yesterday. Train services had to be suspended for a short period of time whilst some houses had to be evacuated.

The devices were disabled by the Army Bomb Disposal Team and the area was declared safe at 7.20pm.

Just two weeks ago, an improvised explosive device was made safe in the same area of Athy, by means of a controlled explosion.

The remains of the IEDs found are being forensically examined by the Garda Technical Unit.


Points to consider:

The IED's were safely disabled by the Army Bomb Disposal Team and were forensically examined by the Garda Technical Unit. Be aware that just two weeks ago, an IED was found in the same area and made safe with a controlled explosion. Consider that although the motive or the person(s) responsible is not presently known we must consider that they may have been attempting to derail a train. Be aware that many analysts have called intentional derailments the new "blueprint for terror," in fact the US-based Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI) had done a study on the rash of intentional derailments in India saying they potentially had serious implications for rail security worldwide. According to the MTI report: "The attacks could point to "a growing trend" with serious security implications on surface transport security around the world." Terrorists make note of methods, taking lessons from all attempts, whether successful or not, which could be applied to other systems," Brian Michael Jenkins, MTI's director, National Transportation Security Center of Excellence, suggested. Remembers that terror against rail passengers and transport is not a new phenomenon; only the scale, sophistication and public impact of these recent attacks sets them apart. Train cars carry hundreds of passengers in an enclosed environment and the multiple modes of terror delivery are simple.



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