News – January 2018


  • Philippines: Search for bombs delays Marawi rehab

    January 21, 2018

    Government troops continue to find unexploded bombs in areas that had become battlefields during the war on terror here, delaying the start of rehabilitation efforts, according to a high-ranking military official. Col. Romeo Brawner, deputy chief of Joint Task Force Ranao, which supervises security operations in the city, told Inquirer while soldiers had not encountered any ...

  • Kabul hotel attack: 18 dead, including 14 foreigners, in overnight Taliban siege

    January 21, 2018

    A Taliban assault on the Intercontinental Hotel in Afghanistan’s capital killed at least 18 people, including 14 foreigners, and pinned security forces down for more than 13 hours before the last attacker was killed on Sunday. A spokesman for the Interior Ministry Najib Danish said that 11 of the 14 foreigners killed were employees of KamAir, ...

  • Commander, Task Group (CTG) 56.1, KNF Forces conclude explosive ordnance disposal exercise EAGER RESPONSE 18

    January 21, 2018

    The bilateral exchange began January 7 and featured sailors from Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 1 assigned to Commander, Task Group (CTG) 56.1 to participate in diving operations, mine response, underwater (UW) search tactics, and UW demolition operations. This maritime explosive ordnance disposal diving exercise provided an opportunity for the two nations to share knowledge ...

  • A TV crew tried to sneak a fake bomb through airport security. It didn’t work.

    January 19, 2018

    A film crew tried to pass a phony explosive device through a security checkpoint Thursday at Newark Liberty International Airport — and capture the moment on camera, according to the Transportation Security Administration. TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said in a statement Friday that nine people had been arrested after some of them tried to sneak “an item in a carry-on bag ...

  • The challenge of clearing Colombia of landmines

    January 19, 2018

    One year after Colombia signed a historic peace deal with FARC rebels, a key challenge is to clear the soil of anti-personnel mines and other explosives. After Afghanistan, Colombia is the world’s most densely landmined country, with the devices responsible for thousands of deaths in recent decades. The military and an army of NGOs are now ...

  • Schiebel delivers Mine Detectors to Ecuador

    January 18, 2018

    Under a contract with the Ecuadorian Ministry of National Defense, the Austrian manufacturer Schiebel delivers 35 units of the ATMIDTM All Terrain Mine Detector, the ultimate in mine clearance technology. The order for the ATMIDTM was awarded in late September and delivery to the Ecuadorian Land Forces was made in December 2017. The ATMIDTM features dynamic ...

  • Self-taught villager clears 10,000 mines from Yunnan frontier

    January 18, 2018

    A man who perhaps has no business messing with explosives has done just that in southwestern Yunnan, for more than two decades. Wang Kaixue (王开学) is a self-taught landmine sweeper who has identified, dug up and defused thousands of mines. His “hobby”, as he calls it, has never led to any serious injuries or mishaps. Wang ...

  • Security at the Speed of Life

    January 17, 2018

    Everyone wants to be safe and secure, but can you imagine if you had to go through a security screening at the metro station like there is at the airport? What if there were a way to safely scan crowds for potential threat items in places like metro and train stations without security officials coming ...

  • Terrorists Stalk Dark Web for Deadlier Weaponry

    January 17, 2018

    Bottom line: Terrorists are turning to the dark web’s crypto-bazaars, social media channels and e-commerce sites to buy more coveted military equipment than the usual rocket launchers and AK-47s in the traditional black market. These digital black markets are also allowing terrorist organizations from Iraq, Syria, Libya and Yemen, as well as self-radicalized individuals in the West, ...

  • Children suffer severely from Myanmar’s pocket wars: UN report

    January 17, 2018

    Children suffer severely from Myanmar’s decades-old pocket wars between various ethnic armed groups and government security forces, the United Nations Office of the Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict said in a statement on Tuesday. The fourth UN Secretary-General report on the impact of armed conflict on children in Myanmar, covering the period from February 1, ...

  • In the age of improvised explosives Raiders wrestle with light strike vehicles

    January 17, 2018

    Marine Raiders are struggling to find the right tactical vehicle fleet at a time when improvised explosive devices continue to pose a major threat on many battlefields. As the Marine Corps moves back to its expeditionary roots, the Corps in recent years has expanded its fleet of lightweight vehicles capable of rapid deployment, that includes the ...

  • ‘Unlike anything I had ever seen’: Airman to receive Silver Star for actions in fierce Mosul fight

    January 17, 2018

    The special operations team had been waiting for weeks on the mission to retake Mosul, Iraq. “We were prepared for it, and, finally, it came down that we were going to get the go-ahead on the morning of Oct. 20,” said Staff Sgt. Christopher Lewis, a combat controller attached to a Navy SEAL team during the ...

  • 12 killed, 48 wounded in Maiduguri suicide bomb attack

    January 17, 2018

    The Police in Maiduguri have confirmed that 12 persons were killed and 48 others wounded in a suicide bomb attack in Maiduguri on Wednesday. The Commissioner of Police, Mr Daminian Chukwu, confirmed the incident. Chukwu said that a male suicide bomber detonated an explosive device at a crowded market killing himself and 10 other persons. Read more… Source: Nigerian Tribune  

  • EU commends destruction of Libya’s chemical weapons stockpile

    January 17, 2018

    The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the European External Action Service (EEAS) has assessed the complete elimination of Category-2 chemical materials from Libya and transported to Germany for their destruction as “a positive step towards the complete and permanent eradication of all chemical weapons in the country”. According to an EU Foreign ...

  • Bomb squad carry out controlled explosion in Latchford after another Second World War bomb uncovered

    January 16, 2018

    A second controlled explosion has been carried out after another suspected World War Two bomb was discovered at Edgewater Park. Officers from Cheshire Police were called to the scene earlier to deal with the discovery of the ‘unexploded artillery shell’. A controlled explosion was carried out at the site in Latchford, off Thelwall Lane, at around 2.15pm. Read more… Source: ...

  • Baghdad double suicide attack kills many

    January 15, 2018

    At least 35 people have been killed in a double suicide bombing in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, medical sources say, the second attack in three days. More than 90 were injured in the attack in Tayaran Square, in the city centre. Baghdad has repeatedly been the target of bombings and armed attacks since the Islamic State (IS) ...

  • Another IED recovered on Srinagar outskirts

    January 14, 2018

    Government forces on Sunday detected an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) planted by militants in Maloora area on the outskirts of summer capital Srinagar, said an official. He said that the IED was detected by a patrolling party on a roadside in Maloora. “A bomb disposal squad has reached the spot,” he said. Pertinently, an IED weighing nearly ...

  • Explosion targets convoy of head of Baghdad Provincial Council, kills 8

    January 14, 2018

    A suicide bomb on Saturday targeted the convoy of the head of Baghdad’s provincial council in the city’s Adan neighborhood killing eight and injuring 10 others. Riyadh al-Azaz, the head of the Council, said that the attack targeted his convoy killing one and injuring four more of his bodyguards, Al-Sumaria TV, an Iraqi media reported. The attack ...

  • Competition document: finding explosives hidden in electrical items

    January 12, 2018

    This Defence and Security Accelerator (Accelerator) themed competition seeks to make a real difference in aviation security through innovative science and technology. The competition is looking for proposals to improve our ability to prevent explosives, hidden within electrical items in passenger baggage, from being taken on board an aircraft. This Accelerator competition is part of the wider Department for Transport and Home Office Future Aviation ...

  • Leading X-ray Technologies

    January 11, 2018

    Vidisco celebrates thirty years of delivering a field-proven line of advanced portable X-ray solutions, while striding towards newer solutions and breakthrough technologies. The Milipol 2017 homeland security event was yet another turning point for Vidisco, who demonstrated another advanced, smart, and easy-to-use line of products designed to meet all customer needs. Visitors to the stand experienced ...