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IEDs: A Major Threat for a Struggling Society

The use of improvised explosive devices by guerrillas, drug cartels and paramilitary groups has threatened Colombian society for the past 30 years. This article examines the types of IEDs found in Colombia, and the extent and history of its IED problem. Also outlined are the Colombian government’s efforts to counter IEDs, and possible solutions to the challenges ahead, such as enhanced intelligence and community security.

Publication: The Journal of Conventional Weapons Destruction. Issue 13.3

Publication date: November 2009

About the author: 

Pablo Esteban Parra Gallego is a civil engineer with advanced studies on project management and economics. He began in mine action in 2006, leading the creation of Colombia’s Mine Action Centre, known as the Presidential Program for Mine Action (PAICMA).