Executive Protection – Lateral Threats

The India Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan was the a target of a Vehicle Born Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) recently. The suicide car bomber managed to slip by the heavily guarded street in downtown Kabul and drive the SUV outside the main entrance to the India Embassy before denotation and killing 18 people and causing 76 injuries. The checkpoints were being guarded by Afghan police who are viewed as widely corrupt and ineffective. Some of its members have allegedly linked with local insurgents. Low pay has caused many afghan police to use their position to seek other sources of income, such looking the other way when a SUV laden with explosives drives down the street.

The India Embassy was rebuilt in 2009 after being a target of a VBIED in July 2008, killing 58 people and causing massive injuries. executive protection companies The Haqqani Network claimed responsibility for the 2008 attack The Taliban claimed responsibility for the latest attack and said the embassy was the intended target. However, new evidence suggests the Pakistan’s intelligence agency ISI may have played a hand in the bombing.

These risk pose a clear and present danger to executives and their executive protection teams visiting India. The threat of suicide bombing attacks are escalating worldwide. Historically, we know that terrorists are determined and patient. They are willing to spend time and resources preparing a plan of attack. The possibility of a large scale terrorist strike from within India via VBIED is high. Potential soft targets in India include: high-profile hotels, Indian and Western business headquarters, upscale malls and shopping centers stadiums as well as tourist sites that attract large crowds.

Your executive protection plan should include: keeping your principle away from potential attack sites, setting up counter-surveillance teams, ensuring your team knows how to recognize an impending attack, profile of potential attack vehicles, avoiding routine; using alternate routes, pre-planning and keeping a low profile within India. Your team should employ good observation skills. If an agent observes something suspicious, procedures should be in place for him to record the findings, communicate the findings with the detail leader and all suspicious events to be cataloged and investigated. While on assignment in India you may want to start running dummy motorcades, setup alternate hotels, meeting places and venues. It’s our job to keep the terrorists guessing. I know you will. Keep safe and God speed.