News – August 2018


  • 3 die as Al-Shabaab targets Mandera border wall workers

    August 13, 2018

    Three people have been killed and one seriously injured after their vehicle ran over an improvised explosive device in Mandera. Mandera South Deputy County Commissioner Paul Kemei said the 10am incident targeted a team clearing a road on the Kenya-Somalia border. The team was headed to their work station when the device exploded. “The victims have been clearing ...

  • Philippines: Bomb expert hurt as Army foils bombing attempts in Maguindanao

    August 13, 2018

    A military bomb disposal expert was slightly injured when an improvised bomb he was deactivating went off Sunday morning. The accidental blast came hours after military bomb experts discovered several improvised bombs planted by IS-linked Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in Shariff Aguak, Maguindanao, where a brief encounter between the Army’s 2nd Mechanized Infantry Battalion (MIB) ...

  • Special Forces Soldier Dies After Roadside Bomb Attack in Afghanistan

    August 13, 2018

    A Special Forces soldier died Sunday after being injured last week by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan, the Pentagon said Monday in a statement, bringing the total number of American troops killed this year in combat in Afghanistan to five. Last Tuesday, Sgt. First Class Reymund Rarogal Transfiguracion, 36, of Waikoloa, Hawaii, was working alongside ...

  • Suicide bomber tries to attack a Coptic Christian church in Egypt only to blow himself to pieces when security guards approach

    August 11, 2018

    A suicide attack against a Coptic Christian church north of Cairo failed today when the bomber blew himself up when security guards approached him. The man had been walking among churchgoers, while wearing an explosives belt, and tried to enter the building in the Mostorod district in Qaliubiya province. But heightened security around the church prevented him from reaching ...

  • Terror attacks foiled, 3 with links to hardline Hindu groups held: Maharashtra ATS

    August 11, 2018

    Following multiple raids, the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) Friday announced the arrest of three men affiliated to radical Hindu outfits from Nallasopara and Satara. The ATS also said that with the recovery of a huge cache of explosives, including live crude bombs and gelatin sticks, they had averted major terror attacks at multiple places. Among the ...

  • Philippines: Defense chief orders bombproofing of all checkpoints

    August 11, 2018

    To prevent a repeat of the improvised explosive device (IED) blast in Lamitan City, Basilan last month, which killed 11 persons and wounded six others, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has ordered all military commanders to bombproof their checkpoint installations nationwide. “(I ordered all military commanders) to bombproof all their checkpoints by placing barricades and other obstacles ...

  • New York Port Authority Bus Terminal To Test New Security System on Monday

    August 11, 2018

    Commuters into the Port Authority Bus terminal on Monday will be part of a pilot to test a new security system, one that will try and identify suicide vests and other improvised explosive devices. The Port Authority will launch the pilot test next week on the new security system designed to help law enforcement professionals. The technology, in partnership ...

  • Two Jordanian security officers killed in attacks near Amman

    August 11, 2018

    Two Jordanian security officers were killed by suspected terrorists and more than 20 people were injured in two related incidents near Amman at the weekend. One policeman was killed and six others injured when an explosive device blew up in a village outside Amman on Friday night in what government officials called a terrorist act. A second ...

  • Russia downs 4th armed drone in 3 days targeting its Khmeimim air base in Syria

    August 11, 2018

    A drone, apparently carrying explosives, has been downed on approach to Russia’s Khmeimim air base in Syria from the militant-held de-escalation zone in Idlib, becoming the fourth such incident in three days, the military said. Russian air defense systems deployed at Khmeimim detected and neutralized the target early Saturday, the head of the Russian Center for ...

  • Vancouver: Pressure cooker IED, $1.6M in cash and jewellery, 50kg of drugs seized in gang bust

    August 10, 2018

    Police are calling it one of the most successful gang crime investigations in B.C. history. A pressure cooker improvised explosive device has been seized, along with 93 firearms and about 50 kg of drugs (including 9.5 kg of fentanyl) in a gang bust. More than $800,000 in cash, another $800,000 worth of jewellery, and collector cars valued ...

  • NSWC Indian Head EOD Technology Division concludes 2018 Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program

    August 10, 2018

    Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head EOD Technology Division hosted an official out brief today for the 2018 Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program. This year’s program concluded with the high school student participants presenting a final brief to school district and IHEODTD senior leadership and Charles County Public Schools Board members on their research projects and ...

  • Fans warned to expect ‘overt’ anti-terror measures at football stadiums

    August 10, 2018

    Police are seeking the help of football fans in tackling terrorism and are asking them to be vigilant at matches. Officers say stadiums could be targeted as extremists seek out crowded places to attack. Chief Superintendent Nick Aldworth said: “We know from what we’ve seen on the ground, and also from terrorist rhetoric, that they are interested ...

  • Five KDF Soldiers Killed in Lamu Alshabaab Attack

    August 9, 2018

    At least five Kenya Defence Forces soldiers were Wednesday killed and six others wounded after their vehicle ran over a homemade bomb between Bodhei area, Boni Forest Lamu County. The soldiers were riding on a lorry when it ran over an IED in Kwa Omolo area. Witnesses said the vehicle was moving from Baragoni towards Bodhei ...

  • Faslane bomb squad gets new commanding officer

    August 9, 2018

    Faslane-based Royal Navy bomb disposal experts have a new Commanding Officer. Lieutenant Commander Chris Stephenson, who has previously served as Mine Counter Measures Staff Officer to the Faslane Flotilla, takes over from Lieutenant Commander Tony Hampshire as CO of Northern Diving Group (NDG). Tony commanded the unit from January 2016 to July 2018 and now it’s time ...

  • 13 civilians killed, wounded in roadside mine explosion in Balkh

    August 8, 2018

    At least thirteen civilians were killed or wounded an explosion triggered by improvised explosive device in northern Balkh province of Afghanistan. A spokesman for the 209th Shaheen Corps, Mohammad Hanif Rezaye , said the incident has taken place in the vicinity of Shulgar district and as a result at least six civilians, all members of a single ...

  • Manipur: Huge cache of arms-ammu, powerful IED recovered

    August 8, 2018

    The troops of Assam Rifles have recovered huge cache of arms and ammunition and a powerful Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Manipur on Wednesday. According to the reports, based on intelligence input, Assam Rifles troops and Manipur police have jointly launched operation at Seitapur maning to saiton road under Kumbi police station in Manipur’s Bishnupur district ...

  • Targetted attack: Two soldiers injured in a roadside blast

    August 7, 2018

    At least two soldiers were seriously injured when their convoy was targeted with a roadside bomb in North Waziristan district on Monday. Soldiers from the seventh engineering division BD department were on a routine checking patrol near the Dandee Kach Village when their vehicle was targeted using a bomb planted by the roadside. Two soldiers, including ...

  • Taliban Commander Killed While Building Bomb

    August 6, 2018

    At least three people were killed and 11 others were wounded in an explosion in Helmand province, local officials said Monday. The governor’s media office said in a statement the incident happened on Sunday while Baran, a Taliban commander, was assembling an IED in his house in Garmsyer district. According to the statement, two of Baran’s family ...

  • EOD team provides UXO training to 2CR

    August 6, 2018

    Do not touch it. Do not kick it. Just mark it, take a grid and notify your chain of command. When dealing with unexploded ordnance on the battlefield, or in the training area in this case, it is essential to follow all safety precautions and notify the proper personnel in a timely manner. Prior to the ...

  • Footage ‘shows moment drone bomb exploded over Presidential rally in Venezuela’

    August 6, 2018

    Footage has emerged which appears to show the moment a drone bomb detonated over a packed rally where Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was giving a speech. The video, which has been widely shared by Venezuelan social media accounts, shows a single drone hovering above the military parade – before suddenly exploding into a fireball. Venuzuelan officials have claimed dissidents used ...