News – January 2017


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Brussels bomb suspect Mohamed Abrini to be questioned over Paris attacks
January 30, 2017
A suspect in the Brussels airport attack dubbed the “man in the hat” has been handed over to France to be questioned about the Paris atrocities.

2 bombs found in Mindanao State University
January 30, 2017
Authorities recovered 2 homemade bombs inside the Mindanao State University (MSU) compound on Monday when they raided what was believed to be a safe house of the Islamic State-linked Maute terror group.

IED blast kills 2 children, hurts 3 others in Basilan
January 30, 2017
Two children died and three others were hurt in a blast on Monday morning caused by an improvised explosive device (IED) believed to have been planted by the Abu Sayyaf Group in Albarka, Basilan.

Algeria completes decades-long landmine removal along its borders
January 27, 201
Algeria says it has completed the removal of border landmines, destroying nearly 9 million mines that date to the colonial era.

Turkey hits Daesh positions, bomb-laden trucks destroyed
January 27, 2017
Exactly 272 Daesh targets in Syria’s al-Bab were shelled on the 157th day of Operation Euphrates Shield, killing 22 terrorists, the military said in a statement on Friday.

Islamic State showcases attack drones
January 27, 2017
The video showed 19 attacks filmed by UAVs as they dropped IEDs on groups of Iraqi security forces and their vehicles in the streets of Mosul.


ANAMA finds 181 UXOs in country’s border regions
January 26, 2017
A total of 181 unexploded ordnances (UXOs) were discovered in Saloglu village of Azerbaijani Agstafa region.


BBI Detection are exhibiting at IDEX 2017
January 25, 2017
BBI Detection will be exhibiting at Stand 06-033 within the UK Pavilion at IDEX 2017 19th – 23rd February 2017 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.


Discarded laptop yields revelations on network behind Brussels, Paris attacks
January 25, 2017
Just hours after two ISIS suicide bombers blew themselves up inside Brussels airport on the morning of March 22, 2016, Belgian police discovered their safe house/bomb factory, thanks to the testimony of the taxi driver who picked up the attackers and took them to the airport.

Smiths Detection’s X-Ray System Achieves Industry First EDS Cabin Baggage Screening Certification
January 25, 2017
The advanced checkpoint screening solution is the first in the industry to be awarded the new European Explosive Detection Systems (EDS) certification EDS CB C1 for its automated explosives detection capability.


Eight Frontier Corps men hurt in IED blast
January 24, 2017
At least eight security personnel were seriously injured when a convoy of the security forces was targeted with the help of remote controlled device in Tank area on Monday morning.


Reservists participate in Presidential Inauguration
January 23, 2017
Nine members of the Air Force Reserve Command explosive ordnance disposal community traveled to Washington, D.C., to provide support for President Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremony.


Man suspected of planning Vienna bomb attack arrested
January 21, 2017
A man suspected of planning a bomb attack in Vienna has been arrested by special forces, Austrian media has reported.


Vancouver police destroy pipe bomb found inside vehicle
January 20, 2017
Vancouver police safely destroyed a homemade pipe bomb found inside a vehicle at a traffic stop Thursday night.

Syria’s Aleppo Heavily Mined, Clearance Requires Joint Int’l Efforts
January 19, 2017
Moscow calls on the United Nations and other international organizations to provide the Russian military with assistance in demining Syria’s city of Aleppo.


EU clears Smiths’ purchase of Morpho Detection
January 19, 2017
British engineering firm Smiths Group (SMIN.L) secured EU regulatory approval on Thursday for its planned acquisition of Morpho Detection from France’s Safran (SAF.PA).


Controlled explosion carried out at Essex Police headquarters
January 19, 2017
Essex Police took to social media to reassure members of the public after a controlled explosion was carried out at the force’s headquarters.


Second Deminer Killed in Less Than a Week
January 19, 2017
A veteran deminer was killed near the Thai border on Monday in the second such death in four days.


Unexploded bomb found in River Thames close to Houses of Parliament
January 19, 2017
Two of London’s busiest underground stations had to be evacuated after a unexploded Second World War bomb was discovered close by in the River Thames.


Suicide blast kills more than 40 in northern Mali military camp
January 19, 2017
Militants killed at least 42 people and wounded more than 100 others when they detonated an explosives-laden vehicle inside a military camp in Mali’s northern city of Gao on Wednesday, the deadliest suicide bomb attack in the country’s history.


4th CES EOD employ new 3-D printing capability
January 17, 2017
The 4th Civil Engineer Squadron EOD flight became one of the first units U.S. Air Force-wide to acquire a 3-D printer and begin to pave the way for the career field’s next generation of training.


Former head of the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command joins Security & Counter Terror Expo team
January 16, 2017
Richard Walton, the former Commander of Counter Terrorism Command (SO15) for the Metropolitan Police Service has joined the Security & Counter Terror Expo team as a special advisor.


Countering Global Threats: Security & Counter Terror Expo returns to London in May bringing security professionals from across the world to the UK
January 16, 2017
Following the Bastille Day attack in Nice and the series of bomb attacks in New York and New Jersey, national security remains in the spotlight.

Explosion kills 7 civilians in East of Afghanistan
January 15, 2017
At least seven civilians were killed in an explosion in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan earlier today.

Taliban suffer heavy casualties as 2 major IED factories destroyed in Nimroz
January 13, 2017
The Taliban militants suffered heavy casualties during an operation of the Afghan security forces in western Nimroz province of Afghanistan, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said Thursday.


EDA programme launched to improve IED Detection
January 12, 2017
A new promising EDA research and technology (R&T) programme aimed at improving Member States’ capabilities in detecting Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) was launched on 23 December 2016 when four EDA Member States (Austria, Belgium, The Netherlands, Poland) as well as Norway (which has an Administrative Arrangement with the Agency) signed an agreement for the 3-year ‘IED Detection’ (IEDDET) ad hoc R&T programme with a total budget of €14 million.


INVISTA and SEA Confirmed Speakers for Future Soldier Technology 2017
January 12, 2017
SMi Group is thrilled to announce two additional expert speakers for the third annual Future Soldier Technology conference.

Taliban Target Afghan Parliament in Suicide Bombing
January 11, 2017
A pair of blasts disrupted the afternoon commute in Kabul, killing at least 30 and injuring 80 according to initial reports. The attack is the first major incident in Kabul this year, touching off what many expect to be another difficult year in the country.

Seven Egyptian police killed in Sinai bomb attack
January 9, 2017
At least seven policemen and one civilian were killed in a bomb attack on a checkpoint in the northern Sinai city of al-Arish.


AQIS, LeJ sleeper cells targeting cops in Karachi
January 9, 2017
Anti-terrorism official says there might be surge in sectarian violence in city if LEAs don’t chalk out a strategy to clamp down on sleeper cells

Police Seize Dangerous Explosives from House in Winnipeg, Canada
January 9, 2017
They are described as tubes with metal ends and contain high powered explosives usually used to blast rock in mining operations.

221st Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company – Mission Ready
January 7, 2017
The 221st EOD is the only explosive ordnance disposal team in the Florida Army National Guard giving them a mission unique compared to most other military units.


German police probe if explosives linked to far-right plot
January 6, 2017
Police say they have found 100 kilograms (220 pounds) of explosive material in a home in southwestern Germany and are investigating if two suspects were planning a far-right attack.

Chemical terrorist attack ‘huge concern’ says London fire chief
January 6, 2017
Britain’s most senior fire chief has warned that the potential for a terrorist chemical attack in the country is a “huge concern”.

Turkish police kill two people after car bomb explodes in Izmir
January 5, 2017
Two attackers have been killed by Turkish police after an explosion near a courthouse in the coastal city of Izmir.


US Army searching for technical approaches and potential technical solutions to counter the threat from Anti-helicopter Mines and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs)
January 3, 2017
The purpose-built anti-helicopter mines and IEDs are far more sophisticated and dangerous.

Start-up firms are developing counter-drone technologies
January 2, 2017
A boom in consumer drone sales has spawned a counter-industry of start-ups aiming to stop drones flying where they shouldn’t, by disabling them or knocking them out of the sky.