News – April 2017


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US soldier killed in explosion near Mosul as bloody battle to drive out Isis militants continues in Iraq
April 29, 2017
An American soldier has been killed in an explosion near Mosul as the battle continues to drive Isis militants out of their former stronghold.


Singaporean jailed for trading radio modules used in improvised explosive devices in Iraq
April 28, 2017
A Singaporean man was sentenced to 40 months in prison Thursday for helping ship US-made radio frequency modules to Iran that were eventually found in IED bombs in Iraq.


Hungary issues funds for Jeyranchel Project in Azerbaijan
April 28, 2017
The Hungarian government has made a 100,000-euro donation to the Partnership for Peace Trust Fund Project for the clearance of unexploded ordnance in Azerbaijan’s Jeyranchel.


Egypt ‘badly let down’ by ally Britain over Sharm flight ban
April 28, 2017
The Egyptian government believes it has complied with every security improvements demanded following the 2015 terrorist bombing of a Russian charter flight after take off from Sharm el-Sheik airport.


Would-be jihadi bride, 26, caught with an Al-Qaeda manual for ‘making a bomb in your mum’s kitchen’ is jailed for 18 months
April 28, 2017
A would-be jihadi bride who was caught with an Al-Qaeda bomb making manual and researched how to join ISIS has been jailed for 18 months.

Devon teenager planted homemade bomb on Underground after watching YouTube explosions videos
April 26, 2017
Damon Smith, 20, planted a ball bearing bomb on a Tube train after taking pictures of himself next to the mastermind behind the 2015 Paris terror attacks, the court heard.

Security during major events
April 26, 2017
Security in the context of organising major events, whether these are cultural, sporting or political, is an absolute imperative.

Russian Defense Minister Suggests Forming Int’l Mine Clearing Coalition in Syria
April 26, 2017
Russia proposes the creation of an international coalition to take part in mine clearing work in Syria, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said at the VI Moscow Conference on International Security on Wednesday.


Serbia willing to train to join Russia in demining in Syria
April 26, 2017
The Serbian Army want to take part in demining operations in Syria, including in Palmyra, but currently lack the capacities for this.


Bomb components found in apartment of policewoman, Abu suspect
April 25, 2017
Police recovered the components of an improvised explosive device inside an apartment allegedly rented by Supt. Ma. Cristina Nobleza and Reneirlou Dongon on Panglao Island, Bohol.


Army generals escape Boko Haram explosives
April 24, 2017
The Nigerian Army said two of senior officers escaped Boko Haram’s Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) on Saturday during an operational visit to troops in the battle fields.


Ukrainian sappers receive NATO certificates from Canadian instructors
April 24, 2017
At the Mine Clearance Center of the Main Directorate of Combat Support of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Kamyanets-Podilsky of the Khmelnytsky region, another turnout of Ukrainian field engineers has been held, who were trained according to NATO standards, the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine has reported.


Landmine in East Ukraine Kills American OSCE Monitor
April 24, 2017
An American monitor with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) died and several other monitors were injured Sunday when their car hit a mine near Luhansk in eastern Ukraine.


Bomb left at a Belfast school was an attempt to murder police, officer says
April 23, 2017
The device, described as viable, significant and reckless, was discovered in an alleyway beside Holy Cross Boys’ Primary School in Ardoyne, North Belfast shortly before midnight on Saturday.


Afghanistan mourns after deadly Taliban attack on base
April 23, 2017
As many as 10 Taliban fighters, dressed in Afghan army uniforms and driving military vehicles, made their way on to the base and opened fire with rocket-propelled grenades and rifles, and several detonated suicide vests packed with explosives.


U.S. Government Places $29.5 Million Order for Husky 2G Vehicles and Spares
April 20, 2017
Critical Solutions International (CSI) announced today that Army Contracting Command – Warren has placed the first order against the Husky Long Term Contract awarded to the company last month for route clearance and counter-improvised explosive device (C-IED) vehicles, equipment and services.


Yemen: Houthi-Saleh Forces Using Landmines
April 20, 2017
The Houthi-Saleh forces’ use of banned antipersonnel landmines in Yemen has caused numerous civilian casualties and hindered the safe return of civilians displaced by fighting.


European Defence Agency launches projects to improve bomb detection
April 19, 2017
The European Defence Agency (EDA) on Wednesday said it launched projects to improve the capabilities in countering improvised explosive devices (IED) threat.


Dublin and Cork airports set for €13m upgrade of ‘explosive detection’ system
April 19, 2017
A Massive overhaul of baggage handling systems at Dublin and Cork Airports to deal with new explosive detection requirements under EU rules is being kick-started by the DAA.


France steps up security around election as terror attack fears rise
April 19, 2017
Security has been stepped up around political rallies and meetings in France amid heightened fears of a terror attack with just four days of campaigning until the first round of the fiercely contested presidential election.


UN blue helmets and Malian forces targeted in ‘cowardly’ terrorist attacks
April 18, 2017
The head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali today strongly condemned the “cowardly” attacks that took place against its personnel as well as members of the national armed forces


Identifying Chemical Explosives and Toxins
April 18, 2017
Detection of chemical explosives, pathogenic agents and other dangerous substances is a global security priority. As new methods of carrying out destruction evolve, so too must detection techniques.


Ryerson University students will disarm fake bombs with robots for final exam
April 18, 2017
Computer science students will navigate robots through a simulated crime scene as they try to disable mock improvised explosive devices as part of their final exam on Tuesday afternoon. 


Tackitt Family Vineyards event raises over $44,000 for EOD Warrior Foundation
April 17, 2017
Tackitt Family Vineyards of San Miguel, Calif. opened its doors to the public for their sixth annual Warriors Helping Warriors event.


Photo released of mock improvised explosive device found at Pearson airport
April 17, 2017
U.S. customs officials have released a photo of a mock improvised explosive device that led to delays at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport when it was found in a passenger’s luggage earlier this month. 


Forces seize 22 IEDs in Loralai
April 16, 2017
As Operation Raddul Fasaad continued country-wide, the Frontier Corps Balochistan conducted an intelligence-based operation on a tip-off in Balochistan’s Loralai district and recovered 22 improvised explosive devices (IED) on Saturday.


Roadside bomb kills 11 in southern Afghanistan
April 15, 2017
Powerful blast destroys a van traveling through restive Helmand province, killing all 11 passengers on board.


Huge bomb kills dozens of evacuees in Syria
April 15, 2017
A huge car bomb has blasted a convoy of coaches carrying evacuees from besieged government-held towns in Syria, killing at least 45 people.


Boosting Jubbaland Police Capacity to Dispose of Deadly Unexploded Ordnances
April 13, 2017
A team of 10 Somali police officers from Jubbaland state are being trained by the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) in Explosive Ordinance Disposal to help boost security in Somalia’s federal states.


Glowing bacteria offer hope for safe detection of 100m landmines
April 13, 2017
A team of researchers at an Israeli university has successfully tested a technology using fluorescent bacteria and lasers that could become a safer system for detecting buried landmines.


US drops largest non-nuclear bomb in Afghanistan after Green Beret killed
April 13, 2017
The GBU-43B, a 21,000-pound conventional bomb, was dropped on an ISIS tunnel complex in Nangarhar Province.


US Army poised to transform ground robotics industry
April 12, 2017
The U.S. Army is poised to transform the ground robotics industry over the next year as it launches several competitions to define its future unmanned ground systems fleet.


FBI offers training on threat posed by improvised explosives
April 12, 2017
On Friday, April 21, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is hosting a specialized training workshop focused on improvised explosives.

Turkish interior minister says Diyarbakir blast was terrorist attack
April 12, 2017
An explosion at a police compound in the southeastern Turkish city of Diyarbakir that killed three people was the result of a terrorist attack, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said on Wednesday.

Borussia Dortmund team bus attack: Police probing ‘Islamist link’
April 12, 2017
A letter left at the scene of the Borussia Dortmund team bus attack reportedly links it to German involvement in the fight against Islamic State in Syria.

Airports Council calls for solutions to electronic device ban
April 11, 2017
Airports, along with industry partners and governments, put security as a top priority and understand the need to implement measures rapidly when a heightened threat level is identified.

Isil militants attack British special forces base in Syria
April 10, 2017
Islamic State jihadists launched a wave of suicide attacks on a British special forces training base in Syria, in one of the fiercest assaults on anti-Isil coalition forces there to date.

The incredible feats of military dolphins
April 10, 2017
It might sound like fiction, but both the US and Russian military have been using specially trained dolphins to serve and protect for decades.

Egypt church bombings kill at least 37 people
April 9, 2017
Bomb attacks that killed at least 37 people marking Palm Sunday at two Egyptian churches have been claimed by Islamic State.


‘Bomb-like device’ destroyed in central Oslo
April 9, 2017
Norwegian police have carried out a controlled explosion of a “bomb-like device” in central Oslo and are holding a suspect in custody in an investigation led by security police.


Homemade bomb found in Stockholm terror truck
April 8, 2017
A homemade bomb has been found in the hijacked truck used to kill four people and wound 15 others in Stockholm, according to Sky sources.

Delhi police invests in gear to tackle bomb threats
April 8, 2017
The Delhi police is investing majorly in tools and equipment to tackle bomb threats. The initiative follows the prospect of rising terror attacks in the near future.

2 Suicide Bombers Dead in a Failed Attack On Mosque in Nigeria
April 8, 2017
The Borno Police Command in Maiduguri said on Saturday that two suspected female suicide bombers died when one them detonated the Improvised Explosive Devise (IED) on her.

Branch of Russian MoD’s Int’l Mine Action Center Opens in Syria’s Homs
April 7, 2017
A branch of the Russian Defense Ministry’s International Mine Action Center opened on Friday in the Syrian province of Homs and will train Syrian soldiers combat engineering.


Britain seeks to help Kenya counter explosive devices
April 6, 2017
Britain has donated six new remotely operated vehicles and associated equipment to help train Kenyan soldiers counter explosive devices during their peacekeeping mission in Somalia.

DHS S&T Inaugurates New Explosive Detection System Testing Facility
April 6, 2017
The Department of Homeland Security‘s science and technology directorate has opened a facility at DHS’ Transportation Security Laboratory in New Jersey for testing and evaluation of explosives detection systems.

St Petersburg metro attack: ‘Bomb’ found in city raid
April 6, 2017An explosive device has been made safe in a flat in St Petersburg by Russian police, three days after a suspected bomber on the city’s metro killed 13 people.


British Minister for Armed Forces Hands Over Counter Led Equipment to Help Train Kenyan Forces
April 6, 2017
The British Minister for Armed Forces, Mike Penning MP, accompanied by the Cabinet Secretary for Defence, Raychelle Omamo and the British High Commissioner Nic Hailey, visited the Humanitarian Peace Support School of the International Peace Support Training Centre in Embakasi yesterday.


Turkish autopsy results show chemical weapons were used in Syria attack
April 6, 2017
Post mortems carried out on the bodies of people who died in a suspected gas attack in Syria show the victims were exposed to chemical weapons, Turkey’s justice minister has said.


NATO marks International Day for Mine Awareness
April 4, 2017
NATO marked the International Day for Mine Awareness on Tuesday (4 April 2017), observed annually to highlight the deadly threat that mines pose to civilians’ lives and nations’ development.

Australia starts extra screening process for UAE and Qatar flights
April 4, 2017
Australia is requiring extra screening measures at boarding gates of flights to Australia from Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Doha airports, but is not banning passengers from carrying onboard their electronic devices.

UK pledges £100m to Prince Harry’s campaign against landmines
April 4, 2017
Twenty years after Prince Harry’s mother helped bring the lethal scourge of landmines to global attention, the government has pledged £100m to the campaign supported by the prince to make the world landmine-free by 2025.

Islamic State using hobby drones with deadly effect
April 3, 2017
Recreational drones have become Islamic State tools of war in a cat and mouse hunt through Mosul’s streets.


‘At least 10 dead’ after St Petersburg metro blast
April 3, 2017
Interfax and RIA news agencies said two blasts have been reported on the Russian city’s Metro.


Suicide bombers killed in abortive Nigeria attacks
April 2, 2017
Police in Nigeria’s restive Borno State confirmed that three suspected suicide bombers were killed in separate attacks on early Sunday morning.