News – August 2018


  • Yemen’s hidden menace, the decades-long struggle ahead to clear the country of landmines

    August 22, 2018

    The threat of mines, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and explosive remnants of war, known as ERWs, left behind in the fighting is the untold threat facing civilians in Yemen.  Saudi Arabia said this week that the Houthis had laid about a million landmines and IEDs across Yemen since the war broke out in 2015. On the other side of the country Yemeni government officials said ...

  • More than 30 K-9 teams from across Texas conduct explosives training in San Antonio

    August 21, 2018

    More than 30 law enforcement K-9 teams from across Central and South Texas conducted explosive-detection training in San Antonio Tuesday morning. The San Antonio Airport’s Police K-9 Explosives Detection Unit hosted the training session at the San Antonio Independent School District’s Alamo Stadium. Robert Gonzalez, field K-9 coordinator of Homeland Security, said the training is important for both handlers and the ...

  • Al-Qaeda master bomb maker Ibrahim al-Asiri ‘killed in Yemen strike’

    August 21, 2018

    US drone strike in Yemen has killed a chief al-Qaeda bomb maker who once tried to down a plane over an American city on Christmas Day, US and Yemeni officials have said. The Saudi-born Ibrahim al-Asiri was the lead bomb maker for al-Qaedain the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which has become the organisation’s most lethal franchise. He ...

  • India: Huge explosives haul in Jharkhand

    August 20, 2018

    A huge cache of explosives suspected to be meant for Maoist guerrillas was recovered from Jharkhand’s Pakur district on Monday, police said. Pakur Superintendent of Police (SP) Shailendra Kumar raided Sharpur village after a tip-off and recovered the explosives from a house. According to the SP, 10,000 gelatin sticks, 10,000 detonators and 65 sacks of ammonium nitrate ...

  • Bomb disposal team called to West Linton

    August 20, 2018

    Bomb disposal teams were called out to West Linton recently following the discovery of a suspected world-war artillery shell. Police were called to the Tweeddale village at around 2.30pm on Saturday, August 11, after the old munition was discovered. Social media posts suggested that the item was found in a field just outside of the village. Read more… Source: ...

  • 30 years since Iran-Iraq ceasefire, explosives still take lives and limbs

    August 20, 2018

    “The human becomes half a human when you lose a leg,” says Khalid Hassan, easing into a plastic lawn chair in the doorway of his carpentry workshop in Choman, near the Iranian border. Like so many in this small town high in the Zagros Mountains, Khalid lost a leg treading on one of the hundreds of ...

  • Philippines: Cops recover IED after failed bomb attack in Koronadal

    August 19, 2018

    Police recovered an improvised explosive device (IED) that reportedly malfunctioned in an attempted attack in front of a department store in Koronadal City on Saturday night. Supt. Benjiel Kirby Bajo, Koronadal City police chief, said the explosive was found inside a luminous green backpack that was left at the baggage counter of Unitop General Merchandise-Koronadal branch ...

  • Clevedon Asda bomb incident: “Pack an overnight bag” Residents describe moment they were evacuated by police

    August 19, 2018

    Residents close to Asda in Clevedon have spoken about the moment police knocked on their doors and told them to pack an overnight bag and leave their house. This was in response to an ordnance being found near to the supermarket, which was believed to be an unexploded bomb from World War II. A 100-yard exclusion area was ...

  • Terror fears as grenade numbers in UK soar

    August 19, 2018

    The number of grenades seized from criminals trying to smuggle weapons into the UK has soared, fuelling fears they could fall into the hands of terrorists. Police found 17 grenades on criminals between January and April this year, compared with 40 discovered over a four-year period between 2013 and 2017. The most recent seizures were in Sussex ...

  • French fishermen shocked to find ‘Dangerous’ WW2 bomb in their net

    August 18, 2018

    The unusual find sparked an emergency call out from the maritime authorities and an emergency evacuation of the crew. The discovery took place four kilometres from the Grancamp-Maisy port, in the Calvados area. Although the bomb had been on the seabed for 70 years, it still posses danger as “any movement” can lead to an explosion, according ...

  • Around 1,454 kilometers at Al-Alamein now clear of landmines: Egyptian Minister

    August 18, 2018

    Egypt’s Minister of Investment and International Cooperation Sahar Nasr announced on Friday that 1,454 kilometers have been cleared of landmines at Al-Alamein town thanks to help from the United Nations, according to the latest data monitored by the Executive Secretariat for the Demining and Development of the North West Coast (ESDDNWC). Nasr added that a comprehensive ...

  • Man caught with bomb-making equipment jailed for 12 years

    August 16, 2018

    Peter Morgan, 35, had already started to assemble an explosive device with the potential to cause “horrific” injuries when he was caught with bomb-making equipment and manuals at his Edinburgh home. A court heard how he had been amassing a collection of neo-Nazi, anti-Muslim, anti-semitic and racist material over a five-year period. He was earlier convicted by ...

  • Kabul suicide bomber kills 48 in tuition centre attack

    August 15, 2018

    Forty-eight people have been killed and 67 injured in a bomb explosion at an education centre in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, officials say. Police say a suicide bomber walked into the centre while teaching was under way and detonated his bomb belt. Many of those killed were teenagers who were getting extra tuition as they prepared for university ...

  • Three DoD Contractors Get Highest Civilian Valor Award for Afghan Actions

    August 14, 2018

    Three Defense Department contractors — all with special operations backgrounds — were awarded the Pentagon’s highest civilian honor Tuesday for their actions in going into combat mode to support U.S. troops in Afghanistan. At a Pentagon ceremony, Army Lt. Gen. Darsie Rogers, deputy director of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), presented the civilian Medal for Valor to retired Army ...

  • As Taliban Fight for Ghazni City in Afghanistan, Nearby Districts Fall

    August 13, 2018

    Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan have taken over most of the rural areas in Ghazni Province, even as they continue to battle the government for control of the provincial capital, according to local officials and residents. While attention in the past four days has focused primarily on the fight for Ghazni city, where the Taliban appear to control ...

  • Finding explosives in electrical items demonstration day

    August 13, 2018

    The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) and the Future of Aviation Security Solutions (FASS) team will be hosting a demonstration day to showcase the innovations that we have accelerated through the first phase of our ‘Finding Explosives Hidden in Electrical Items’ competition. This is an exciting opportunity to learn more about these innovations direct from the developers. The event will give ...

  • The Federal Republic of Germany supports joint Ministry of Interior and UNMAS training to respond to explosive hazards

    August 13, 2018

    This week marked the beginning of a 75-day training course in Anbar jointly organized by the Ministry of Interior and the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS). This course will be the first of its kind, with Iraqi Police instructors and UNMAS instructors working closely side-by-side to train local police in explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) ...

  • Nepal: Bomb blast in Biratnagar, eight held

    August 13, 2018

    A pressure cooker bomb exploded on the first floor of the metropolitan city. No human casualty, however, was reported in the incident. The explosion damaged windowpanes of the office and the vehicle used by Mayor Bhim Parajuli. The pressure cooker bomb exploded in the passage connecting the old building with the new one. Mayor Parajuli said the ...

  • Explosive ordnance disposal charities hold fund-raising gala

    August 13, 2018

    Felix Fund and EOD Warrior Foundation will join forces to host a gala, which will raise money for explosive ordnance disposal personnel in the UK and US. In the heat of World War II and during the blitzkrieg on London, German airplanes dropped bombs that often did not explode. A very brave group of men was ...

  • Balochistan: One killed, 10 injured in Chaman IED blast

    August 13, 2018

    One person was killed while 10 others sustained injuries as an improvised explosive device (IED) planted on a motorcycle went off on Chaman’s Mall Road, Express News reported on Sunday. As a law enforcement vehicle was passing by the explosive device strapped to the vehicle went off, consequently, two FC officials are also among those injured in ...