Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Stopped at the Last Second

Yet another tale of a last-second intervention: A guy in Austria walks into the US Embassy with a sack of grenades and nails:

A Bosnian man carrying a bag of hand grenades and nails has been arrested after trying to enter the US Embassy in Vienna.

He was detained after a metal detector alarm sounded as he attempted to walk into the building, according to reports.

He dropped the backpack, fled on foot, but was arrested a short distance away. The bag also contained Islamic literature, Austrian police say.

"There were a lot of nails in that bag. Had it exploded, it would have had an enormous shrapnel effect," Doris Edelbacher, of Austria's counterterrorism office, said.

Great news, everything worked out, except...

It was only the last layer of security that stopped him. You can't count on last-second stops as a prevention strategy.

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