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Islamic State IEDs Neutralized in Derna, Libya

May 23, 2016

Since March 2016, a large quantity of IEDs planted by the Islamic State in the Libyan city of Derna have been neutralized by the Mujahideen Shura Council (MSC). The IED initiation systems are notable for their booby traps, particularly clothespin-based tripwire traps. The documentation was facilitated by the Islamic State's retreat from the city, leaving scores of booby-trapped IEDs in their wake.

In the IED documented in Derna on March 25, 2016, a two-prong plug and socket is used to connect between the detonator and battery system, and the clothespin. A similar item was documented in the sticky IED attached to the undercarriage of retired colonel Awad Balaraj's vehicle on April 11, 2016. Plug and socket connectors are commonly used in IED initiation systems, serving as protective mechanisms during the transportation, assembly and arming of the IED. Different connectors have become commonplace in arenas around the world, featuring particularly in RCIEDs and booby-trapped IEDs. From the documentation in this report, it is clear that the Islamic State is now implementing this IED safety measure in their Libya operations.

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