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Cutaway of a standard M16 mine

Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Safe

Special Containment Procedures: Three instances, currently SCP-XXXX-A-04 through -06, are to be kept in a standard containment chamber at Site-19. The chamber is to be filled with water, to ensure any accidental activations of SCP-XXXX-A-04 through -06 are dulled by deacceleration.

Upon discovery of additional SCP-XXXX lots, all instances are to be neutralized. Deactivation of the trigger wirings or detonation charges is to be first conducted, followed by general disassembly with an arc welder or equivalent methodology.

Description: SCP-XXXX is the designation for an anomalous type of M16 anti-personnel bounding mine in use in the Northern Mali Conflict by Islamist forces since at least 2013. SCP-XXXX was first identified near Ansongo, Mali by a Foundation agent, stationed with the French Army’s ███ Light Armored Brigade during Operation Serval. Instances have been recovered from an additional four locations

An SCP-XXXX instance operates similarly to a standard M16 bounding mine. When a tripwire mechanism is activated, the device launches an explosive canister vertically to waist level, which detonates, producing a ██ Pa shockwave and propelling fragmentation omnidirectionally.


Locations of recovered SCP-XXXX lots

The anomalous properties of SCP-XXXX are threefold:

  • Ability of instances to "communicate" between each other.
  • Ability to "know" the presence of living humans.
  • Ability to regenerate its charges.

When any one SCP-XXXX instance is activated, all instances within 100 m simultaneously fire. Every 6 s, each instance of SCP-XXXX then regenerates a new charge, allowing it to again fire. SCP-XXXX instances continue this process until no living human is present within 100 m of any active instance.

Components of SCP-XXXX are susceptible to physical damage, and manual destruction of instances is therefore possible. Reassembly of SCP-XXXX instances does not result in returned anomalous properties.

Addendum XXXX-1: Efficiency. Due to the repeated attacks capable of SCP-XXXX, instances are ██ times more effective at producing soft target casualties than regular M16 devices, and ███ more effective than manned assaults. Since 2013, ██ encounters have been attributed to SCP-XXXX use, resulting in ████ military and ███ civilian casualties.

Addendum XXXX-2: Manufacture. The method of producing SCP-XXXX is currently unknown. A possible manufacturing site in Kidal, Mali was discovered on 20██/12/14 with a stockpile of 387 instances and numerous unused detonators. All indications of the anomalous production process had been removed.

The Organization for the Reclamation of Islamic Artifacts is considered of interest in the production of SCP-XXXX. A semi-incinerated memorandum bearing the ORIA's seal was discovered at the recovery site in Kidal. The extent of the ORIA's involvement with SCP-XXXX is unknown.