News – December 2017


  • Military engineers clear 30% of Marawi areas from IEDs, explosives

    December 30, 2017

    The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Saturday, December 30, said their team of engineers has cleared 30% of areas in Marawi city most affected by unexploded ordnance and improvised explosive devices. This means residents in the 24 barangays considered “most affected areas” can begin visiting their homes and businesses before rehabilitation in the areas ...

  • Four killed, several injured in Borno suicide attack

    December 29, 2017

    At least four people have been reported dead and several injured in a suicide bomb attack on Thursday at Amarwa community of Konduga Local Government Area of Borno State. It was gathered that the incident occurred at about 2 p.m. when a male suicide bomber infiltrated the village and detonated an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) strapped ...

  • TSA Deploys Experimental, Non-Invasive IED Detection Device at Transit Stations

    December 28, 2017

    The Transportation Security Administration is deploying experimental, non-invasive devices to help detect an improvised explosive device (IED) inside America’s transit hubs. “Along with industry partners, we are committed to identifying, testing and deploying technology that addresses threats to transportation across the spectrum,” TSA Administrator David Pekoske said in a statement. The gray, rectangular device, known as a “stand-off ...

  • 40 dead in ‘multiple’ Kabul suicide bomb blasts

    December 28, 2017

    At least 40 people have been killed and dozens more wounded following multiple blasts at a Shia cultural centre in Kabul. Najib Danish, a spokesperson for the Afghan interior ministry, said suicide attackers had set off explosions outside of the centre. Islamic State said it directed the attacks, and claimed through its propaganda outlet Amaq that it ...

  • Wednesday’s blast in St. Petersburg store a terrorist attack

    December 28, 2017

    Six people are still in hospital after the explosion in St. Petersburg, the city’s deputy governor Anna Mityanina tweeted on Thursday. The condition of five of the eight victims is of intermediate severity, and the rest are said to be in a satisfactory condition. The explosion, equivalent to 200 grams of TNT, was caused by a ...

  • UNICEF: Children in Eastern Ukraine Face Death, Injury from Landmines

    December 26, 2017

    The U.N. children’s fund warns that 220,000 children in the area of eastern Ukraine controlled by Russian-backed rebels are at risk of being killed or maimed by landmines and other explosive remnants of war. Eastern Ukraine is one of the most mine-contaminated places on earth. Well into its fourth year of war, the Donetsk and Luhansk regions are ...

  • Mosque targeted with homemade bomb in Sweden

    December 26, 2017

    Swedish police are investigating an attack on a mosque with a homemade bomb as a hate crime, officers said Monday. The attack on the Islamic Cultural Center in Saffle, a town 45 kilometers (28 miles) southwest of Karsltad, left ball-bearings lodged in the walls of the center’s prayer room. Broadcaster SVT reported that police had completed a ...

  • Maoists use pressure IEDs to target security forces

    December 26, 2017

    PUNE : In the recent times, the Maoists in the Naxal-affected areas of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Gadchiroli have turned to the use of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) that employ a pressure mechanism. This was the finding of the Central Reserve Police Force’s Institute of IED Management (IIM) at Talegaon, which imparts special training on the handling of the IEDs to the security ...

  • Explosion at major oil pipeline in Libya – sources

    December 26, 2017

    An explosion has rocked a crude oil pipeline that feeds the Es Sider sea terminal in Libya, an oil source in the country said. The Mediterranean port of Es Sider, also spelled as Sidr and Sidra, features the largest oil depot in Libya. The blast occurred near Marada, on the pipeline belonging to the Waha oil ...

  • Roadside blast in Helmand’s Marja district: 7 civilians dead

    December 24, 2017

    LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Seven civilians were killed in a landmine blast in the Marja district of southern Helmand province on Sunday morning, sources said. Kamran, a resident of the district, told Pajhwok Afghan News the explosion took place at around 9am when a coaster struck a roadside bomb in the Treekh Nawar area of the district. He said ...

  • Explosion outside Athens court shatters windows, no injuries

    December 22, 2017

    A makeshift bomb exploded outside a Greek court in Athens early on Friday shattering windows and damaging the facade of the building, police officials said. Shots were also fired at a person guarding the Athens Appeal Court building, Justice Minister Stavros Kontonis told state TV. The Justice Ministry suspended the court’s operation for one day. There ...

  • Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture claims he was forced to declare Boko Haram “technically defeated”

    December 22, 2017

    In the backdrop of the criticism aimed at the Federal Government for applying and approving the withdrawal of N2 billion from the Excess Crude Account, ECA, for the sole purpose of fighting terrorism and insurgency which they claim has been technically defeated earlier in the year, the information minister Lai Muhammed claim he was forced ...

  • 3 injured as IED goes off in Siraha land revenue office

    December 22, 2017

    At least three people were injured after a cooker bomb was exploded in the premises of Lan Revenue Tax Office in Siraha Municipality-7 (Nepal) on December 22. The bomb was planted underneath the sofa of office chief in his room. At least three people were injured in an explosion.   Read more… Source: Informal Sector Service Centre (INSEC) online.  

  • NATO trains Iraqi Security Forces to strengthen demining skills

    December 21, 2017

    In November and December this year, a mobile training team led by Slovakia conducted a training course in manual demining for Iraqi Security Forces. This was held in Iraq in the framework of NATO’s training and capacity building activities in support of Iraqi security forces and institutions. It was developed and implemented in coordination with ...

  • Man convicted of manufacturing drugs and explosives at his Wakefield home

    December 21, 2017

    A 42-year-old man has been convicted of manufacturing drugs and explosives at his home on Westgate End in Wakefield. Vladimir Madle was convicted of a total of 12 offences today, following a week long trial at Leeds Crown Court. He was arrested in June this year on suspicion of possession of a Class A drug ...

  • Nigeria: Be wary of unexploded IEDs, army warns north-east residents

    December 21, 2017

    The Nigerian Army has warned residents in the north-east to be wary of unexploded improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and ordnances “dotted around the region”. In a statement sent to TheCable on Thursday, the army also charged citizens to be more security conscious to avert attacks from the Boko Haram insurgent group. The army said while the continuous decimation ...

  • Bomb squad called as terror police swoop in Sheffield and Chesterfield

    December 19, 2017

    A police bomb squad has been called to a property in Chesterfield following early morning raids in which four men were arrested. Anti-terror police targeted three properties in South Yorkshire and Derbyshire in a move to foil a planned terror attack in the UK, Sky News can confirm. Four men were detained and have been taken to ...

  • Afghan army recovers, destroys 164 IEDs, landmines

    December 18, 2017

    Around 164 different Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and landmines have been detected and defused over the last 24 hours, Afghan defense ministry said Monday. “Afghan National Army engineering teams launched operations to clear landmines in different provinces since early Sunday. They found and defused 164 different IEDs and landmines over the last 24 hours in Afghanistan’s ...

  • Deadly attack on Methodist church in Pakistan

    December 17, 2017

    A suicide bomb and gun attack on a Methodist church in Pakistan has killed at least five people, reports say. The attack happened in the city of Quetta, some 65km (40 miles) from the border with Afghanistan. More than a dozen people were also wounded after gunmen wearing explosive vests tried to enter the building. The two attackers ...

  • Estonia wants to continue training Ukrainian humanitarian EOD operators

    December 17, 2017

    Estonia and Ukraine are interested in continuing cooperation in the field of training humanitarian explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) specialists, officials said at the conclusion of a course during which training consistent with international standards was provided to 17 humanitarian EOD specialists from Ukraine. Under the cooperation project, which has lasted a year and a half, Estonia ...