PNP releases Interpol global security alert on hidden explosives
Manila (10 November) -- While public vigilance is to remain vigilant against potential threats, the Philippine National Police (PNP) released the INTERPOL global security alert on hidden explosive devices.
The global security alert was circulated to all 188 member countries detailing the features and components of improvised explosive devices recently discovered in Dubai and England. It is encouraging the public's cooperation by assisting law enforcing bodies in detecting future similarly disguised packages.
The Interpol Orange Notice includes photographs and technical details of the devices which had been disguised inside computer printer cartridges as well as providing internal and external indicators such as verification of labelling, the package source, comparison of weight to listed contents and unusual odours or markings.
According to Interpol Secretary General Ronald K. Noble, the information contained in the Orange Notice will allow police services and other law enforcement agencies to take appropriate measures to identify potentially lethal devices.
Noble added that public vigilance can be crucial in alerting law enforcement to potential threats. He cited the arrest of the Times Square bomb suspect in New York. The Secretary General also said that vigilance and information sharing are essential.
Meanwhile, the Interpol's 79th General Assembly dubbed "Challenges to Fighting Crime in the 21st Century" is currently being held (8-11 November) in Doha, Qatar with ministers from around the world endorsing the organization's crucial role at the center of global law enforcement.
The annual gathering brings together some 650 chiefs of police and senior law enforcement officials from around the globe to discuss a range of security and policing issues.
The Interpol Orange Notice was created in 2004 and being used to warn police, public entities and other international organizations of potential threats related to disguised weapons, explosives and other dangerous materials. It can also be issued by the General Secretariat for any act or event which poses a risk to the safety and security of citizens around the globe. To date, nearly 100 Orange Notices have been issued. (PIA-MMIO) [top]