What are Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs)?

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May 27, 2024

What are Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs)?

Three improvised explosives devices (IEDs) were defused by the Indian Army in Manipur’s Imphal East district.

The IEDs were found concealed on the road connecting Nongdam and Itham villages. “A bomb disposal squad arrived at the location and defused the IEDs safely, preventing potential loss of life and injury to locals,”

What is IEDs?

Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) are essentially homemade bombs. They are not manufactured in factories and can be very dangerous because they can be created from readily available materials.

Purpose: IEDs are used by criminals, terrorists, insurgents and others to cause harm. Their goals can range from injuring or killing people, damaging property, to creating fear and disruption.

Composition: IEDs are typically cobbled together from various components, including:

  • Explosives (military grade or homemade)
  • Initiator (triggers the explosion, like a timer, pressure plate, or command detonation)
  • Power source (battery or other source to initiate)
  • Container (to hold the explosives)

Variations: IEDs come in many forms, ranging from a simple pipe bomb to a sophisticated device disguised as everyday objects. This makes them difficult to detect.

Threats: IEDs pose a serious threat because they can be detonated in unexpected places and cause significant casualties. They are a major concern in conflict zones and can also be used in terrorist attacks.

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