Guatemala: Remote Controlled Explosive Devices Used on Bus Attacks

Posted on August 24, 2016 • Filed under: Explosives / Bombs, Guatemala

OPEN SOURCE INTELLIGENCE (OSINT) GLOSSARY – IMPROVE YOUR INTERNET RESEARCH – READ THIS BOOK reported an attack on a bus in Guatemala is commonplace. Gangs like the Barrio 18 and their rivals in the Mara Salvatrucha (MS13) systematically extort buses. It is one of their few regular sources of income, and when payment does not arrive on time, there are repercussions, normally in the form of a dead bus driver.

However, this bus bomb’s characteristics set off alarm bells because authorities said it was detonated remotely via a cellular phone, a seldom used tactic that illustrates a growing sophistication of the gangs.

They did not give any more details, but it was not the first time the Barrio 18, thought to be the least sophisticated of the two major gangs, had used this tactic, police and Interior Ministry officials told InSight Crime. Read Article

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