Bomb Squad: A Year Inside the Nation's Most Exclusive Police Unit

By Richard Esposito

An remarkable behind-the-scenes examine the lads who safeguard us from the main scary prospect of lifestyles within the age of terrorism

"In my brain it is all company; i do not fear approximately my kin, i do not fear a couple of functionality that i am doing after paintings, I simply fear approximately what is to hand. and what is handy is that package." --Detective First Grade Joe Putkowski, NYPD Bomb Squad

The manhattan urban Police division Bomb Squad is the oldest such squad within the state, based in 1903. every year its thirty-three contributors make greater than 2 hundred stress-filled "bomb runs," within which they fee suspicious briefcases, defuse hand grenades, or even reply to "art" tasks built with genuine explosives. the general public hardly sees those men--and once they do, it's always from a distance, telephoto photographs of helmeted figures in ninety-pound fits of Kevlar armor.

Starting on December 31, 2003, within the center of the recent Year's Eve motion in instances sq., newshounds Richard Esposito and Ted Gerstein had specific entry to the nation's such a lot elite police unit for a whole yr. Their usually chilling, never-before-told stories from front line supply a unprecedented view of the family struggle on terrorism.

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S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, killing ten. Seventy-seven are injured. The explosion explanations significant structural harm to the Embassy. The U. S. holds Osama bin encumbered liable. August 15, Omagh, Northern eire A five-hundred-pound vehicle bomb planted by way of the genuine IRA explodes open air a neighborhood courthouse and, killing 29 and injuring greater than 330. September eleven, Jaffna, Sri Lanka Twelve humans, together with the mayor, are killed whilst a bomb blast rocks the municipal council development. October 18, Colombia a countrywide Liberation military (ELN) bomb explodes at an oil pipeline plant, killing nearly seventy-one people and injuring no less than 100. The pipeline is together owned via the Colombia nation Oil corporation Ecopetrol and a consortium together with U. S. , French, British, and Canadian businesses. 1999 August 31, Moscow, Russia One individual is killed in a bomb assault on a shopping mall close to the Kremlin. September eight, Moscow, Russia Ninety-four are killed and a hundred and fifty are injured whilst a nine-story house development is destroyed by means of a bomb planted in its foyer. The bomb is anticipated to were made from 650 to 900 kilos of explosives. September thirteen, Moscow, Russia a wide bomb explodes at an house on Kashirskoye road in southern Moscow. The eight-story development is flattened. 100 eighteen die and 2 hundred are wounded. 2000 January five, Colombo, Sri Lanka no less than twelve are killed and twenty-four wounded while a lady suicide bomber detonates explosives strapped to her physique outdoor the workplace of major Minister Chandrika Bandaranaike. January 21, Madrid, Spain vehicle bombs explode in Madrid, killing a minimum of one individual and wounding a toddler. Basque separatists are suspected. June 7, Colombo, Sri Lanka A suicide bomber assassinates business improvement Minister C. V. Gooneratne, killing twenty-five others and injuring twenty-seven. (The bomber detonated explosives strapped to his physique after embracing the minister on a crowded parade direction. The parade was once held to gather contributions for hundreds of thousands of presidency troops combating Tiger rebels within the island’s north. ) August 1, Jakarta, Indonesia A bomb kills and heavily injures the Philippine ambassador to Indonesia. August eight, Moscow, Russia 13 are killed while a bomb explodes in an underground walkway close to Pushkin sq.. September 20, London IRA dissidents fireplace rocket-propelled grenades on the headquarters of the British household defense service provider MI5. September thirteen, Jakarta, Indonesia A automobile bomb explodes contained in the storage of the Jakarta inventory alternate development, killing ten and injuring 16. October 1, Dushanbe, Tajikistan Militants detonate bombs in a Christian church, killing seven and injuring seventy. October 2, Muttur, Sri Lanka A suicide bomber kills twenty-three, together with Muslim candidate Baithullah 8 days sooner than elections. October 12, Aden, Yemen A small dingy filled with explosives rams the destroyer USS Cole, placing a forty-by-forty gap within the facet of the boat, killing seventeen sailors and injuring thirty-nine.

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