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Letter Bomb Wake Up Call



A series of letter bombs sent to three companies in England prompted the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to issue a recent alert to U.S. law enforcement agencies. The attack, which injured one female worker, serves as a wake-up call for corporations and government agencies that might have grown complacent in the years since the last real letter bomb attack.


U.S. law enforcement agencies are on alert after a series of letter bombs sent to separate locations in England injured one woman at a multinational company whose work includes animal genotyping. No arrests have been made in the case, although British authorities have named "animal rights extremists" as possible suspects. The incident, occurring more than a decade after the infamous Unabomber arrest and several years after the anthrax letter scare in the United States, serves as a reminder that attacks can still come through the mail.

A female employee of Cellmark in Oxfordshire, England, suffered a minor hand injury when she opened a package containing an improvised explosive device (IED) at about 9:15 a.m. local time Jan. 18. ...
Although British authorities have said the packages could be linked to animal rights activists operating in the United Kingdom, they have not named a specific suspect. The loosely affiliated members of one of the most aggressive animal rights organizations, U.K.-based Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC), have carried out vicious campaigns against Huntingdon Life Sciences, a company that has conducted research using animal testing. SHAC also operates in the United States, giving DHS good reason to issue an alert of its own in case the letter bombs are part of a widespread campaign.
If the bombs mailed in England were in fact part of a SHAC operation, the DHS alert is justified. The group is well-funded, sophisticated and capable of carrying out such attacks against a wide variety of targets.

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