News – December 2016


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‘Improvised explosive’ found near play park in south Belfast
December 31, 2016
There is anger in south Belfast after a viable improvised explosive device was found close to a school and play park.

Bosnian ‘minehunter’ dogs saving lives across the world
December 31, 2016
Gordana Medunjanin is a no-nonsense woman with military discipline that she passes on to her top recruits – the specially-trained dogs who detect mines and bombs all over the world.


Pakistan witnessed another year of decline in militant attacks
December 31, 2016
Pakistan witnessed another year of decline in militant attacks and resultant deaths. However, number of injured increased. Balochistan was most troublesome province from where majority of the militant attacks, maximum deaths, and injuries were recorded.

Iraq Baghdad: Twin bombs rip through market
December 31, 2016
At least 28 people have died in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, in a double bombing claimed by so-called Islamic State (IS).

Egyptian Airports has begun implementing a biometric ID system for employees
December 28, 2016
Official sources at the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism said that Russian tours to Egyptian resorts are expected to return in January, after over a year of suspension since the crash of a Russian aeroplane in October 2015.

IED exploded during a fiesta celebration in Hilongos, Leyte
December 28, 201
MANILA, Philippines  – Ten people are reported dead and 20 wounded after an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded during a fiesta celebration in Hilongos, Leyte, Wednesday evening, December 28.

Lawmakers seek to rein in weaponized drones
December 27, 2016
When Connecticut resident Austin Haughwoutuploaded YouTube videos of his pistol and flamethrower-equipped drones last year, he triggered a national debate over the use of weaponized drones that is expected to result in new state legislation.

Islamic State booby traps terrorise Iraqis on sad return home
December 27, 2016
The money changer’s return was a miserable affair. When he fled two years ago he left behind a rich man’s home; an expansive villa on the south side of Bashiqa, complete with an attractive stone-flagged patio and pillared balcony.

Two charged with terror offences and one of being an Islamic State member
December 24, 2016
A man and a woman have been charged with terrorism offences, following their arrest earlier this month.

Malaysia: Police Link IS Bomb Expert in Syria to New Arrestee
December 22, 2016
A Syria-based Malaysian bomb-maker has been sharing his knowledge in explosives with Islamic State recruits for more than two years and has instructed militants to carry out attacks in his home country, Malaysia’s top anti-terror cop alleged in an interview.

Melbourne terrorist plot: Four charged, one in custody over alleged Christmas Day attack plan
December 22, 2016
Police have disrupted a terrorist plot to detonate improvised explosive devices at locations in central Melbourne, possibly on Christmas Day, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says.

The Next Generation of Terror: Swarming, Flying Bomb Robots
December 21, 2016

While the United States’ overreliance on highly expansive weapon systems, particularly in its fights against terrorists and other violent nonstate actors, is from solely a military perspective the best possible option, from a broader economic, political perspective it is not viable—even self-defeating—in the long term.


Bali bomb squad detonates device in backpack
December 21, 2016
A bomb squad on the Indonesian island of Bali managed to safely detonate a crude bomb made up of explosives, fireworks, pipes and nails yesterday in the popular tourist district of Ubud.

Bus blast in Turkey kills 13, wounds 55 – military
December 17, 2016
A bus carrying off-duty soldiers has been hit by an explosion outside a university in the Turkish city of Kayseri, leaving 13 people dead and 55 wounded.

Traces of explosives found on bodies of EgyptAir crash victims
December 15, 2016
Traces of explosives have been found on the bodies of some of the victims recovered from the EgyptAir plane that crashed last May.

Demonstration of unique counter-IED analysis laboratory at NATO Headquarters
December 14, 2016
In Iraq, Afghanistan or elsewhere, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) are among the main causes of military and civilian casualties. To counter this type of threat, France has created a counter-IED analysis laboratory.


Luggage Screening System Market: Will Continue to Grow by 2026
December 12, 2016
Luggage screening system is commonly used for the security purpose at public places including railways, airports, malls, governmental offices among others. It is a process used to detect probable threat objects concealed inside a luggage.


Security forces seize vehicle carrying explosives near Baghdad
December 12, 2016
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Commander of Baghdad Operations, Major General Jalil al-Rabiei, announced on Monday seizing a vehicle carrying explosives belts and IEDs, in western the capital.


3D-Printed Bomb-Sniffing Dog Noses Could Replace the Real Thing
December 11, 2016
Dogs are well known for their incredible sense of smell, which is said to be from 10,000 to 100,000 times more acute than ours.


Turkey vows vengeance after bombing kills 38 and wounds 166
December 11, 2016
The Turkish government has vowed to avenge the victims of a twin bomb attack on Saturday night outside a football stadium in Istanbul that killed 38 people and injured more than 160 others.

Explosion near Cairo’s Coptic cathedral kills 25, wounds dozens
December 11, 2016
A bomb explosion near the Coptic Christian cathedral in Egypt’s capital, Cairo, has killed 25 people and wounded dozens.

Suicide bomb attack in Yemen kills 45 soldiers at military base
December 10, 2016
A suicide bomber has killed at least 45 soldiers at a military base in Yemen, according to government officials.

Special Operations Command’s Request for Information signals search for new technology in SOF
December 7, 2016
Special Operations Command (SOCOM) plans to evaluate selected exploitation technologies March 27-31 at Camp Atterbury in Indiana.


New Technology Mimicks Dogs’ Abilities to Detect Explosives
December 7, 2016
By mimicking how dogs use their smelling abilities, a team of government and university researchers have demonstrated “active sniffing” as a means to improve the performance of current technologies that rely on continuous suction to detect trace amounts of explosives and other contraband.


PrimeTech and MAG toward a mine-free world
December 6, 2016
Following an international tender for a mechanical demining machine, Prime Tech has been selected by MAG (Mine Advisory Group) – a Non-Profit Organization for mine clearance, for the supply of one Medium mechanical demining asset: the PT-300 D:Mine, provided with a FAE demining tiller and an additional state of the art rotor.


13 Retired Military Dogs Come Home for the Holidays
December 6, 2016
It was a hero homecoming — with a few cheers and more barks.


Head of ISIS ‘branch’ in Russia’s N. Caucasus killed in special police operation
December 3, 2016
A large cache of weapons was then discovered in the hideout, including automatic rifles, munitions and explosives.


Isis could unleash car bombs and chemical weapons on Europe as new terror tactics employed, Europol warns
December 2, 2016
Report warns that threat will continue even if Isis is defeated in Iraq and Syria


Malmstrom’s new 3D printer makes training more realistic for EOD
December 2, 2016
Malmstrom’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal team is turning spools of plastic into land mines and mortars with a new 3D printer they say is revolutionizing the Air Force.


Recent battlefield deaths highlight danger to bomb technicians in Islamic State fight
December 2, 2016
The two most recent U.S. placing a spotlight on the use of improvised explosives devices on the battlefield and the people charged with keeping fellow troops safe from their destruction.


Biomimetic Sniffing Improves the Detection Performance
December 1, 2016
A 16-fold improvement in detection was demonstrated with a commercially-available explosives detector by applying this bio-inspired design principle and making the device “sniff” like a dog.


Philippine police arrest 2 suspects in foiled US embassy bomb attack
December 1, 2016
Philippine police have arrested two men who allegedly planted an improvised explosive device (IED) outside the United States Embassy in Manila on Monday, the country’s police chief said on Thursday.