Innocuous items such as fertilisers, nail polish remover and even pepper can be combined in a deadly concoction to make home-made explosives (HMEs).
This was just some of the information shared during a one-day workshop organised by Certified Counter Terrorism Practitioner (CCTP) on Monday (20 November).
Course participants – comprising senior management-level representatives from government agencies and the private sector – were shown some of the common materials that could be used in a home-made bomb, and taught how to respond appropriately. They were also shown what some Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) looked like.
CCTP conducts certified courses and workshops for government agencies, the private sector and security professionals in terrorism prevention, detection and deterrence.
The session was conducted by Michael D Montoya, a former US Marine with over 15 years’ experience in explosive ordinance disposal (EOD), who stressed that the training is not just for equipping security personnel but that members of the public should also learn to be aware of their surroundings and alert the authorities when necessary.