HSBC bombing in Turkey focuses bankers’ minds on planning for physical threats



-- The bombing of the HSBC Bank building in Istanbul in November, at the same time as the bombing of the British embassy, served to remind bank operational risk managers that their institutions can often serve as symbols for terrorist organisations seeking to make headlines. Indeed, this point was brought home with dreadful clarity during the events of September 11, when the World Trade Centre was hit by two airplanes, in part because the buildings were considered symbols of Western

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