An Improvised Explosive Device (IED) is a bomb. IEDs are designed to destroy or incapacitate personnel or vehicles. In some cases, IEDs are used to target, distract, disrupt or delay first responders and may be used to facilitate another type of attack. IEDs may incorporate military or commercially sourced explosives and often combine both types. In the U.S. and in the District, IEDs could be used during terrorist actions. Explosive devices can be highly portable, using vehicles and humans as a means of transport. IEDs are easily detonated from remote locations or by suicide bombers and can be made with homemade explosives.
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