Firebomb Mystery in Durban

July 13, 2018 | Brainwave Science


Five explosive devices have been found in public areas in Durban within the period of a week‚ no arrests have been made till date. The first explosive devices triggered and caused fires in two Woolworths stores at the Cornubia Mall on Thursday.  The explosion of the firebomb in the Pavilion outlet was the first move in a series of attacks that lead to the discovery of five more explosive devices. Two explosive devices have been found at Woolworths in Gateway and other two were found underneath parked cars on the fringes of the Vodacom Durban July.

Hawks spokesman Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi told that no arrests have been made but the crimes against the government unit investigation were ongoing. To investigate these attacks, Durban government has appointed the same officers that investigate Imam Hussain mosque attack in Verulam in May.

After the discovery of these firebombs, shopping outlets have been placed on high alert‚ with malls heightening their security measures. Gateway spokesperson Michelle Shelley said: “We can assure the public that we have taken these incidents very seriously. The mall is working with the relevant authorities to provide information and help wherever possible.”


Today, Durban is more dangerous than Johannesburg but much safer than Cape Town according to recent crime rates. Discovery of five firebombs raises serious concern toward the safety of the civilians. This isn’t the first episode of the terrorist explosion game. Earlier Durban witness the same incident with Imam Hussain mosque.

Jasmine Opperman‚ the Africa Director for the Terrorism‚ Research and Analysis Consortium‚ said: “Again this is the same problem we experienced with the mosque attacks [in Verulam and in Malmesbury] …. law enforcement need to be allowed time to investigate while understanding the fears of the public.”

The crime rate in Durban is alarming. Top crime includes murder, sexual offences, attempted murder, common assault, common robbery, and trio crimes. Terrorist attack adding to this list is a serious issue. These attacks are destroying uncountable life with no hope of justice. They constantly challenge local authorities, now it’s time to find a revolutionary way and distinct strategy to eliminate these groups. More than often, the current investigative tools at law enforcement’s disposal, such as the DNA or lie detectors test, are not sufficient enough and can’t keep up with the news ways terrorist perpetrate their plans.

How can Law Enforcement agencies in South Africa gain substantial intelligence about these series of terrorist attacks and arrest the terrorist?

Why iCognative?

iCognative by Brainwave Science is by far the most reliable and efficient investigative technology solution present in the security market. The success of iCognative technology lies in its unprecedented power to distinguish accurately between terrorists and innocents, by accessing the encoded brain where the record of terrorist crimes and organizational attack plans as well as other details are stored. This excellent investigative tool is beneficial in more than one discipline, such as Law Enforcement, Border Security, Counter terrorism, and Counterintelligence, presenting invaluable results for investigative officers across the globe.

In Durban Mystery Bomb case, iCognative can help in solving these complex and cryptic cases. The technology relies on brain information processing that detects a distinct change in electrical current, when a perpetrator’s brain responds to the sight of familiar stimuli. To do that, a simple test case needs to be built. With the help of a iCognative test, any suspect, witness or person of interest relevant to this terrorist investigation can be a subject and test can be conducted accordingly.

Confidential information related to terrorist attack (only known to terrorists and investigating agencies) is input into the iCognative system in order to conduct test on suspects. For example, in Durban terrorist case information such as date of the attack–5 July; location–Woolworths stores in Durban; Earlier attack connections–Imam Hussain Mosque. This information, used as stimuli in the form of words, phrases or pictures, depending on its availability. iCognative system collects brain responses to each stimulus while flashing stimulus to each suspect and all these brain responses are analyzed at end of the test by complicated algorithms and determine with 99.9% accuracy if the information under test is present or absent in the brain of the suspect.

iCognative is designed to grant security personnel with advanced capabilities to dismantle these terror networks, arrest masterminds and members of these notorious networks. The unique intelligence system can help reveal hidden links and connections, which no other technology can provide.



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