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Letter, Parcel and Mailing Tube IEDs

IEDS have been sent through the mail and transported by couriers for many years. The Al Fatah (Black September ) faction of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) unleashed a world-wide letter bomb attack, directed from Holland, against Israeli embassies and consulates in 1972-73.

A number of personnel were injured by these crude mechanical firing devices embedded in about 8 ounces of plastic explosive, with a warning message inside. Police bomb squads and postal security intercepted and harmlessly defused many of the later waves of these letter IEDs, once they understood how they worked and how they could be defeated.

The IRA, Animal Liberation Front, other organizations, and the Unabomber in the U.S., have likewise mailed such devices, killing or severely injuring a number of unsuspecting recipients.

``Letter`` bombs may come in the form of standard envelopes, modified musical greeting cards, courier letter paks and padded mailers, mailed parcels and postal mailing tubes.

Not all of them have contained improvised explosive devices. Some have contained razor blades and scalpel blades, and hypodermic syringes containing contaminated blood. Others have contained arson devices and caustic chemicals designed to burns skin or blind the victims, upon being opened.

Additional others have contained powders claiming to be anthrax spores, and in one September, 2001 U.S. incident involving 4 such letters in the Connecticut-New Jersey-Washington, DC area, the letters did contain anthrax. 23 people contracted anthrax (many of them postal workers) and 5 died as a result of their exposure.

Securesearch, inc. manufactures a representative variety of these devices, in inert training aid form. Many of them are functional electrically and mechanically. They contain x-ray correct materials representing the powers sources, mechanical devices and switches, boobytraps and explosives.
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Letter, Parcel and Mailing Tube IEDs

Dealing With Parcel Bombs
Order Sku: DVD-250-E
Dealing With Parcel Bombs: This 12 minute program will provide basic training for your staff on how to handle packages sent by mail, by courier or hand delivered. Employees learn what precautions to take and are shown the procedures to follow to minimize the risk to fellow employees and reduce the chance of physical damage to your premises. DVD or VHS format.

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Dealing With Letter Bombs
Order Sku: DVD-255-E
Dealing With Letter Bombs: In just 13 minutes your staff will learn the basics of hazards of improvised explosive devices sent in envelopes and mailers. They will learn the simple precautions to take with suspected letter bombs and procedures to follow to reduce the danger to all employees and to your premises. DVD or VHS format.

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LETTER BOMB INITIATED BY STAB EFFECT
Order Sku: ITA-126
Letter bomb initiated by stab effect. Uses a non electric detonator and series of strings and levers/pulleys to forcefully direct a needle into a detonator.

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DOORBELL COLLAPSING CIRCUIT IED
Order Sku: ITA-137
Doorbell collapsing circuit IED. This bomb model is set up to dupe the bomb technician into cutting wires which appear to serve a normal function. In fact, these wires have been fiendishly set up to collapse the magnetic field of a relay coil, if cut. The logical wires to cut could be the doorbell switch, detonator, or power supply wires. Cutting any of these wires would in fact detonate the bomb. X-Ray examination of the bomb model is essential to reveal concealed relay, wiring, and other components not obvious to the casual observer.

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INERT TELEPHONE NUMBER FINDER INDEX IED FILLED WITH SHEET EXPLOSIVE
Order Sku: ITA-153
Telephone index. Metal or plastic desk secretary with spring-loaded lid and sliding alphabet finder, filled with sheet explosive.

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ACCORDION FILE FOLDER
Order Sku: ITA-161
Accordion file folder. Initiated upon opening. Uses sheet explosive and a loop switch.

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AUDIO CASSETTE TAPE IED
Order Sku: ITA-164
Cassette tape. Audio tape designed to initiate inside tape player when “play”, “fast forward” or “rewind” models are set. All items installed in a clear cassette tape.

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INERT VIDEOCASSETTE IED DESIGNED TO INITIATE WITH TAPE PLAY
Order Sku: ITA-165
Videocassette modified to initiate when inserted into a videocassette recorder or player (VCR), and the tape is played. The videocassette is carefully modified to show no signs of tampering.

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LETTER BOMB
Order Sku: ITA-20
Letter bomb. In double strength 4” by 9.5” airmail envelope. All seams taped over for durability and handling. Working parts mounted on simulated heavy-duty flex-X sheet explosive.

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LETTER BOMB MODEL
Order Sku: ITA-21
Letter bomb model. Made to closely duplicate the P.L.O. type letter bomb with spring type mechanical initiator sent by Palestinian Al-Fatah group to Israeli ambassadors in the early 1970s.

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BOOK BOMB
Order Sku: ITA-22
Book bomb. Hollowed out, pressure release initiated.

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INERT IED - BOOBYTRAP CLOTHESPIN SWITCH IN A CAN
Order Sku: ITA-32
Inert IED - Boobytrap, victim initiated pull-initiated IED, using clothespin switch initiator in a food can.

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