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Terrorist tactics

“Coordinated Terrorist Attacks: Implications for Local Responders,” an article in a recent FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, explores these types of attacks and provides advice for first responders. The prospect of coordinated attacks makes it advisable for responders to decentralize equipment and personnel, say authors Brian K. Houghton and Jonathan M. Schacter. Further, responders should avoid deploying all their resources after an attack, lest they be targeted by a secondary attack or be needed elsewhere. Responders should also anticipate being attacked, say the authors, and work with law enforcement to establish a secure perimeter far from the site of the first attack, to sweep for secondary devices, and to monitor bystanders who may be witnesses or terrorists themselves. SM Online takes you to the article.

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