Canadian BG responds to car bombing
SLt Petra Smith
First published in
SFOR Informer#157, February 6, 2003
Members of the First Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian
Light Infantry (PPCLI), conducted a series of vehicle checkpoints
January 17 in the Sanski Most area following a car bombing.
Sanski Most - In co-operation with local police, the soldiers
established seven vehicle checkpoints from 10 a.m. until 1
p.m. during Operation Snare. The car bomb exploded January
14, injuring the driver's legs. His five-year-old son, a passenger
in the car, was not injured.
The soldiers stopped and inspected about 900 vehicles during
the three-hour operation. A team of eight soldiers conducted
the inspections, which took about five minutes to complete
In conjunction with the local police
The vehicle checkpoints were conducted in conjunction
with the local police to impress upon the local inhabitants
SFOR's resolve to ensure a safe and secure environment,
said Capt. Ian McDonnell, who commanded the operation.
Each vehicle checkpoint included a patrol, a member of the
local police, and an interpreter. There were also engineers,
aviation and medical personnel on standby to ensure the safe
disposal of weapons and ammunition in the event that any were
found during the operation.
Although there were no weapons or ammunition found,
Op Snare was a success since our very presence. Its impact
demonstrated that this type of violent crime would not be
tolerated and reassured the people in our area of operations
with our commitment to providing a safe and secure environment,
The drivers and passengers were told why the vehicles were
being inspected when they arrived on-site and through announcements
in the media.
While the vehicle checkpoints did delay vehicles somewhat,
people seemed pleased with the professional way that we conducted
the inspections and understood the importance of these types
of operations, said Lt. Darrin Walters, Troop Leader,
Op Snare was conducted as part of the 1 PPCLI's normal operations
in accordance with the General Framework Agreement for Peace
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