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Radiological, chemical and biological terrorism


Terrorism involves the use or threat of violence and aims to instill fear not only in the immediate victims but also in the general public. The extent to which it relies on fear distinguishes terrorism from conventional warfare. Terrorism has become a matter of international concern. Terrorists make use of ‘Weapons of mass destruction’. A weapon of mass destruction is a nuclear, radiological, chemical, biological or other device designed to harm large numbers of people. Weapons of mass destruction (WMD) constitute a class of weapons with the potential to have massive destructive effects, killing millions of civilians, endangering the natural environment and changing the lives of future generations with catastrophic consequences. These include: Chemical weapons can cause death or serious injury to persons by poisonous chemicals. Biological weapons spread disease organisms or poisons to harm or kill people, animals or plants. Radiological weapons which release radioactivity to maim and kill humans, animals and plants. Nuclear devices can be used to disperse all the three. The general awareness, covering all aspects about these weapons of mass destruction in one compilation, is needed by law enforcement agencies, criminal justice organizations, forensic science professionals, medical fraternity and the general public.


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