News – February 2018


  • Sir Michael Fallon to host Counter Terror Awards at SCTX18

    February 19, 2018

    The organisers of Security & Counter Terror Expo have announced that Sir Michael Fallon MP, former Secretary of State for Defence and member of the National Security Council, will host the inaugural Counter Terror Awards during the event next month. The awards ceremony will take place at Olympia, London on 6 March 2018, with an audience ...

  • Mexican Officials: IED Found on Border Bridge Near Texas

    February 19, 2018

    An improvised explosive device (IED) was discovered on a bridge that connects the cities of Laredo, Texas, and Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas in Mexico. Mexican authorities said that the IED was found on the bridge, but they didn’t reveal when the bomb was left there. They confirmed, however, that the device was active, according to a translated Mexican ...

  • 22 killed, 28 wounded in multiple bomb blast in Borno

    February 17, 2018

    22 persons were killed and 28 others injuries in a multiple suicide bomb attack at a market in Konduga Local Government Area of Borno. The incident occurred on Friday at about 9:00 pm, when three suicide bombers detonated explosives at the “Kasuwar Kifi” in the outskirts of Konduga town. An eye witness, Idrissa Bana, said the three ...

  • 4 IDF soldiers wounded after explosive device detonated near Gaza border

    February 17, 2018

    In what may be the most serious incident on the Gaza front since Operation Protective Edge in 2014, four soldiers were wounded when a bomb was detonated against their military jeep as they patrolled the border fence on Saturday afternoon. Two soldiers were in serious condition, one was moderately wounded and one was lightly wounded, the ...

  • Record number of Afghan civilian casualties in attacks in 2017: UN

    February 15, 2018

    Nearly 2,300 civilians were killed or wounded in suicide bombings and attacks in Afghanistan in 2017, more than any previous year of the conflict on record, a UN report said Thursday. The figures come as militants ramp up their assaults on urban areas, after US President Donald Trump said last August the American presence in Afghanistan ...

  • Europe will see increase in terror in 2018, as foreign Isil fighters ‘return home with high-tech skills’

    February 13, 2018

    The terror threat to Europe will only increase this year, experts have warned, as growing numbers of foreign fighters return home with “high tech” weapons knowledge learned on the battlefield. Scores of jihadists are expected to trickle back to the UK and the continent, bringing with them skills acquired in Syria and Iraq, such as the ...

  • New online tool detects and blocks terrorist propaganda

    February 13, 2018

    The Home Office says it has developed new online technology to automatically detect and block terrorist online content. Created with tech company ASI Data Science, it uses uses advanced machine learning to analyse a video to determine whether it could be Islamic State propaganda. Designed to be used on any platform, it can support the detection of ...

  • Four Taliban Militants Killed in Farah Car Bomb Blast

    February 12, 2018

    The Ministry of Interior Affairs (MoI) said four Taliban insurgents were killed in an explosion triggered by a premature blast in a Vehicle-borne Improvised Explosive Device in Farah province. A press release from MoI stated that four Taliban insurgents riding a motor bomb were on their way to reach their target when the explosives went off. Read ...

  • Syria: Landmines Kill, Injure Hundreds in Raqqa

    February 12, 2018

    Homemade landmines have killed and injured hundreds of civilians, including more than 150 children, in Raqqa, Syria since the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) was pushed out of the city in October 2017, Human Rights Watch said today. ISIS had planted the antipersonnel mines when it controlled the city. They include devices often called booby traps or ...

  • Libya steps up security measures against terror attacks in Benghazi

    February 12, 2018

    Libya’s eastern-based government said Sunday that it adopted a package of security measures to counter terrorist threats in the eastern city of Benghazi. The interim government said in a statement that the cabinet and security leaders of Benghazi had tightened security measures to prevent terrorist threats in the city after an emergency meeting held with Prime ...

  • ISNR Abu Dhabi 2018 to Explore Impact of Key Disruptive Technologies on National Security

    February 12, 2018

    Abu Dhabi-UAE: – The Higher Organising Committee of the International Exhibition for National Security and Resilience (ISNR Abu Dhabi 2018) confirmed that the upcoming three-day event will explore the role of disruptive technologies in national security. The exhibition will highlight the latest developments in artificial intelligence, connected vehicles, smart wearable technologies, unmanned solutions and robotics, virtual ...

  • London City Airport remains closed due to WWII bomb

    February 12, 2018

    London City Airport said all flights in and out would be cancelled, and urged passengers not to travel to the airport and contact their airlines for further information. According to its website, 131 flights were scheduled to depart the airport on Monday, with a further 130 arrivals. Robert Sinclair, the airport’s chief executive, said: “I recognise this ...

  • Yemeni army de-mines three sites in Shabwa province and dismantles IEDs in Al-Jouf

    February 11, 2018

    Yemeni army engineering teams in the third military zone completed the de-mining of three strategic locations in the Directorate of Asilan, located in Shabwa province, on Sunday, Saudi state-run news agency SPA reported. Local authorities in the directorate took over the positions of Haid bin Aqil, Khaydhar and Lahjin from the engineering teams after the mines ...

  • 8 Bombs Wound at Least 9 People in Thai Deep South

    February 11, 2018

    Suspected insurgents detonated eight pipe bombs that injured at least nine people in Thailand’s troubled Deep South on Sunday, including two police officers, investigators said. There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the bombings that took place in six locations in Pattani province, but local officials said they believed that Malay-speaking separatist insurgents were behind ...

  • 16 militants killed, 66 hideouts destroyed on 3rd day of ‘Sinai 2018’ operation

    February 11, 2018

    Egypt’s Armed Forces killed 16 militants and destroyed 66 militant hideouts on Sunday morning as part of a large-scale operation dubbed “Comprehensive Operation Sinai 2018” that began on Friday, an official statement by the army’s official spokesperson read. Sunday’s statement said that forces of the Third and Second Field armies with the support of special forces and ...

  • Explosive threat in La Junta, Colo. confirmed, arrest made

    February 9, 2018

    Authorities evacuated a three-block radius in La Junta Thursday for a suspicious device. Fire Chief Aaron Eveatt, assisting the police department with information, announced 42-year-old Robert Nolan was arrested in the incident. The fire chief with the La Junta Fire Department said the Pueblo Metro Bomb Squad were called in at about 3:15 p.m. Authorities blocked ...

  • Meet our loopy and loving explosive detection search dog Isla

    February 9, 2018

    “Isla’s a three-year-old Springer Spaniel and  was gifted to North Yorkshire Police two years ago. “She joined me 18 months ago and now lives in the Selby District with PD Dixon and the rest of our family. “Her initial training took seven weeks and she specialises in explosive detection. “I’m most proud of her when we’re working alongside close protection ...

  • Using technology to detect hidden threats

    February 9, 2018

    Soldiers in combat have to constantly scan their surroundings for improvised explosive devices (IEDs), a signature weapon of modern warfare. These homemade bombs are often hidden—nestled in bushes, buried underground, or sometimes stuffed inside other objects. Now, a research group at the University of Delaware is developing technology to detect explosive devices from a distance. Chandra ...

  • IED blast rips through Benghazi mosque

    February 9, 2018

    An improvised explosive device went off at Saad Ben Obadah mosque in Majouri neighborhood of Benghazi during Friday prayer leaving 1 person dead and more than 84 others wounded, according to medical sources. Eyewitnesses said the blast caused extensive damage to the mosque as well. Read more… Source: The Libya Observer  

  • Goose Green Liberated of Landmines after more than 35 Years

    February 8, 2018

    As Mercopress have reported in a series of articles over the past eight years, the Falkland Islands are slowly being cleared of the landmines laid by Argentine forces during the 1982 war. Last week this process reached a key milestone when Goose Green settlement, the site of a key battle in late May 1982, was ...