‘Hesco Bastion’: a new way to thwart terror attacks

Published on 31 March 2009

After barriers of concrete, road blockers, close circuit television (CCTV) cameras and under vehicle screening systems, the latest mode of protection to thwart terrorist attacks in Islamabad is the ‘Hesco Bastion’ or barrier. A string of offices of international organisations and hotels have fortified their compounds by building this wall filled with tons of sand in a collapsible wire mesh container lined with heavy duty fabric. Some of the offices of United Nations, including the World Food Programme (WFP), the UN House, Unicef were among the first to have such walls built around their premises, located in residential sectors. The fortifications were done after last year’s suicide attack outside the Danish Embassy in Sector F-6/2 that also wrecked an adjacent UN Project Office. Similarly, a ‘Hesco Barrier’ has also been built to secure the Marriott Hotel after it came under attack last fall.

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