News – August 2017


  • Afghan authorities seize truck with 16 tons of explosives in Kabul

    August 6, 2017

    Afghan intelligence authorities have seized a truck in the capital Kabul carrying more than 16 tons of explosives hidden in boxes marked as poultry feed. Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security (NDS) said in a statement that the truck, with Pakistani license plates, was seized in District 9 of the capital on Sunday. “It was loaded with explosives to ...

  • Bomb squad sent in over chemicals at Newcastle College

    August 6, 2017

    A bomb disposal unit has carried out a controlled explosion at Newcastle College following concerns over the storage of chemicals. Roads were cordoned off while Army officers moved the substances from the city centre campus to be blown up on Town Moor. The soldiers were called in after a member of staff raised concerns. It followed advice issued ...

  • Langley AFB to host bomb squad training exercise

    August 4, 2017

    Langley Air Force Base will host a training exercise for explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) experts on August 7. The exercise, Operation Llama Fury 3.0, will last until August 11, and will train EODs from bomb squads at eight east coast Air Force bases. “The EOD mission is to neutralize whatever explosive threat presents itself and endangers lives,” ...

  • Border force faces questions over ‘terror bomb’ mailed from Turkey

    August 4, 2017

    Border and security authorities would be “doing a lot of soul searching” following revelations that a bomb kit was allegedly mailed to Australia by the Islamic State and probably couldn’t be sure that more explosive devices had not come into the country, a leading expert has said. After the Australian Federal Police revealed that the bomb at the ...

  • US sends armored bulldozers to Kurdish militants to defeat IEDs

    August 4, 2017

    The U.S. is supplying armored tractors and bulldozers to Kurdish militants to mitigate the IED threat as they fight to liberate Raqqa, Syria, ISIS’ de facto capital, according to officials at Operation Inherent Resolve. U.S. backed Kurdish fighters just completed the second month of their campaign to drive ISIS out of the beleaguered city. After early ...

  • State Troopers Find Explosives, Guns & Drugs at Columbus Residence

    August 4, 2017

    The Indiana State Police made an “explosive” discovery at home in Columbus Thursday afternoon. State troopers found not only a meth lab and a marijuana growing operation, but also eight improvised explosive devices and seventy-five. Due to the presence of so many explosives and firearms, ATF officers were dispatched to assist in the investigation. Troopers also discovered approximately ...

  • Laser Ablation-Vacuum Capture System Can Identify Trace Substances in Fingerprints

    August 4, 2017

    Using IR laser ablation coupled with vacuum capture, a system of fingermark sampling has been developed that could be used for traditional fingerprint analysis and also to capture, filter and analyze biomolecules and trace substances such as DNA or explosives. Laser ablation at three micrometer (µm) was performed in reflection mode with subsequent capture of the ...

  • Police: IS ‘commander’ directed plane bomb plot in Australia

    August 4, 2017

     A commander in Islamic State ordered a group of Australian men to build a bomb destined for an Etihad Airways flight departing from Sydney, police have said. The improvised explosive device was intended to be smuggled on to a flight on 15 July but the plan was aborted before it reached airport security. Australian Federal Police Deputy ...

  • Islamic State Shifting to IED Attacks as It Loses Ground

    August 3, 2017

    U.S. Army Col. Ryan Dillon, spokesman for the international coalition against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) said Thursday that as the terrorist group loses territory, it will shift to asymmetric warfare tactics in Iraq and Syria. He said at a Pentagon briefing: As we continue to, through our partners, take away ISIS territory and not allow them ...

  • Raven’s Challenge Exercise Promotes Interoperability

    August 3, 2017

    “Help, I’ve got a bomb strapped to me!” the hostage yelled to the explosive ordnance disposal technician as he gingerly stepped over a booby-trapped victim to approach the hostage on the stairs. This is just one of the many realistic scenarios U.S. and Belgian service members and federal, state and local public safety bomb squads face ...

  • Suicide attack hits NATO convoy in Kandahar

    August 2, 2017

    A suicide bomber rammed a vehicle filled with explosives into a convoy of foreign forces on Wednesday in Afghanistan’s southern province of Kandahar, officials said. “At around noon a car bomb targeted a convoy of foreign forces in Daman area of Kandahar,” said provincial police spokesman Zia Durrani. NATO confirmed in a statement that the convoy was attacked and did “cause ...

  • US, Pakistan service members share post-blast analysis information

    August 2, 2017

    SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. – Supporting one of U.S. Army Central’s commanding general’s priorities, explosive ordnance disposal experts from the 20th Fighter Wing, Pakistan army and USARCENT met to exchange information on Shaw Air Force Base July 25-26. The EOD theater security cooperation exchange focused on post-blast analysis and contributed to the overall goal of ...

  • Herat mosque blast kills dozens in Afghanistan

    August 2, 2017

    An explosion at a mosque in the Afghan city of Herat has killed about 30 people and injured dozens more. The blast, which struck the Jawadia mosque, coincided with evening prayers at around 20:00 local time (15:30 GMT). Officials said there were at least two attackers – one a suicide bomber, and another who shot at worshippers ...

  • Janus Global Operations assists clearance of ISIS-placed booby traps and other explosive devices from Mosul, Iraq, the country’s second-largest city

    August 1, 2017

    Janus Global Operations (JGO) has been tasked to clear areas of Mosul, Iraqof ISIS- placed booby traps, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and explosive remnants of war in a situation a U.S. government official says is “like nothing we’ve encountered.” JGO has been working in Iraq since April 2016 on behalf of the U.S. Department of State’s ...