TSA warns truck owners, rental firms to be ‘vigilant’ about ramming attacks

TSA warns truck owners, rental firms to be ‘vigilant’ about ramming attacks
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A new Transportation Security Administration report warns truck owners and rental agencies to be "vigilant" about truck-ramming attacks by terrorists.

The report, obtained by NBC News, is titled "Vehicle ramming attacks: Threat landscape, indicators and counter measures."

It was sent Tuesday to local law enforcement agencies and private companies that work with the Department of Homeland Security.

"No community, large or small, rural or urban, is immune to attacks of this kind by organized or 'lone wolf' terrorists," the report said.

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The report says at least 173 people have been killed in 17 ramming attacks across the world in the past three years. The attack in Nice, France, last year, in which a truck rammed into people celebrating Bastille Day, killed nearly 90 people.
 
Locations where "large numbers of people congregate, including parades and other celebratory gatherings, sporting events, entertainment venues, or shopping centers" are vulnerable for attacks, the report said.
 
"Commercial vehicles — distinguished by their large size, weight and carrying capacity — present an especially attractive mechanism for vehicle ramming attacks because of the ease with which they can penetrate security barriers and the large-scale damage they can inflict on people and infrastructure," the report said.
 
It encouraged people who own these vehicles to report any theft or activities such as "unusual and unexplained modifications … such as attempts to reinforce the front of the vehicle with metal plates."