Specialized Forensic Bomb Scene Management Training for Iraq

The use of explosive devices is a common practice used by terrorists operating in Iraq. The investigation, prosecution and prevention of such incidents is a major challenge facing local law enforcement and judicial authorities. The UNODC offers technical assistance to address the country's need for training and capacity building in this area.

Under the project on "Strengthening the Legal Regime against Terrorism in Iraq", the UNODC Terrorism Prevention Branch has organized a three-day specialized training on effective bomb scene management following a terrorist attack. The training took place in Beirut from 28 to 30 August 2017 and was funded by a generous contribution from the Government of Japan. 

International forensic experts discussed challenges and best practices regarding new theoretical and practical methods on bomb scene management, including the use of criminal evidence and forensics. The experts highlighted a set of recommendations on the good management of bomb scenes as well as on the use of criminal evidence, including how to make it admissible during trial proceedings. Participants could also undertake practical training by examining and collecting evidence from a "real-life" crime scene. Procedures and strategies in pursuing and countering terrorists' use of explosives were also highlighted.

As a result of this course, participants have strengthened their knowledge of managing and inspecting an explosion crime scene following a terrorist attack and emphasized the importance of the proper collection and preservation of criminal evidence which can be used to prevent further terrorist activities.

Participants expressed their satisfaction with the training and their wish that UNODC/TPB continues implementing specialized workshops and trainings aimed at strengthening the capacity of practitioners in Iraq in their counter-terrorism mission. More technical assistance and capacity building activities will follow under the same project.