News – January 2018

  • Several houses evacuated after ‘viable explosive device’ discovered in Drogheda

    January 10, 2018

    The army’s bomb squad has made safe a viable improvised explosive device (IED) in Drogheda. The Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal team was deployed to a residential area in the Co Louth town last night. After the team arrived at the scene at 11.40pm, a cordon was put in place and several houses were evacuated ‘to ensure public ...

  • Germany boosts support for clearing mines, explosives in Iraq

    January 10, 2018

    Germany has contributed a total of €44.2 million euros (about $52.5 million) to the United Nations Mine Action Service in Iraq for the clearance of mines and explosives. “Mine action saves lives. The German government is committed to mine action in Iraq and will continue to support UNMAS to work closely with the Government of Iraq ...

  • Soldiers kill two female suicide bombers, arrest another

    January 10, 2018

    Soldiers in Gamboru-Ngala village of Borno State on Tuesday morning averted a major disaster when they intercepted and killed two suspected female suicide bombers. The suspects were trying to invade the community with explosives strapped on their bodies, the army said. A third teenage girl who probably opted out of the deadly mission was later arrested ...

  • 1 soldier slain, 3 civilians wounded by IEDs in Maguindanao, Philippines

    January 10, 2018

    A soldier was killed and three civilians, including a child, were wounded in separate bombings in the towns of Datu Hoffer and Datu Unsay, Maguindanao on Tuesday, authorities said. The civilians, including a 10-year old child, were hurt in the first blast, which happened around 6 a.m. on the Decalungan Bridge in Datu Hoffer. Read more… Source: Interacsyon  

  • Explosives found in central Mumbai where excavation work was under way

    January 10, 2018

    Explosives were found in Mumbai central area where excavation was underway for metro work. Bomb Disposal and Detection Squad (BDDS) was summoned and the explosives were retrieved from the debris. Local police said the explosives were crude bombs and they were diffused by BDDS and the area was secured. The diffused bombs will be sent to a ...

  • Dating website couple guilty of Islamic State Christmas plot

    January 9, 2018

    A couple who met on an online dating website have been found guilty of plotting an Islamic State-inspired attack over Christmas. Munir Mohammed, 37, enlisted the help of pharmacist Rowaida el-Hassan on after volunteering for a lone wolf mission directed by a man he believed was an IS commander on Facebook. Mohammed, a Sudanese asylum seeker ...

  • Re-emergence of JeM, use of IEDs shake security grid in Kashmir

    January 8, 2018

    The re-emergence of Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) outfit on the militancy scene in Kashmir has shaken the security grid that fears more fidayeen attacks and Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blasts in future. The sources in the security grid said that re-introduction of remote-controlled IED in Sopore on January 6 that resulted in the death of four Indian Reserve ...

  • Russian army repels attack by 13 militant drones on its Syrian compounds – MoD

    January 8, 2018

    The Russian military has successfully repelled an attack by as many as 13 drones, launched by militants on its compounds in Syria, Moscow said. No casualties are reported.The militants launched their assault during the night on Saturday, the ministry said in a statement. The Russian Kheimim Airbase in the Syrian Latakia province was attacked by 10 ...

  • Three civilians injured in roadside bomb explosion in Baghdad

    January 8, 2018

    Three civilians were injured Monday in a roadside bomb blast in Baghdad, a security source was quoted as saying. Speaking to Alsumaria News, the source said, “A roadside explosive charge went off near a popular market at al-Nahrawan area in southeastern Baghdad, leaving three civilians injured.” “A security force rushed to the blast site and carried the ...

  • Long fight against a hidden killer

    January 7, 2018

    The conflict may be over, but the danger lives on. Landmines left by insurgents and government forces have contaminated Thailand for more than four decades. Buried just beneath the surface, these weapons are designed to kill and injure those who misstep. They hide just off of well-worn paths, in fields, forests and sometimes dangerously close ...

  • Man dead and woman injured after Stockholm metro station blast

    January 7, 2018

    A man has died and a woman been injured after an explosion outside a metro station in Stockholm. Police spokesman Sven-Erik Olsson said witnesses saw the man, in his 60s, pick up an object off the ground “which promptly exploded”. He died after being taken to hospital and a 45-year-old woman also suffered minor wounds to her ...

  • 166 mines found and defused in Azerbaijan’s liberated Jojug Marjanli village

    January 6, 2018

    Twenty-six anti-personnel and 140 anti-tank mines were found and defused Jan. 25-July 3, 2017 in the Jojug Marjanli village, which was liberated from the Armenian occupation, the Azerbaijan National Agency for Mine Action (ANAMA) said in a message. As a result, the territory for construction of 50, and then another 100 houses, as well as roads, ...

  • EOD Airman receives Purple Heart

    January 5, 2018

    After 10 years, Tech. Sgt. Douglas Smits, 90th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal team leader, received a Purple Heart medal at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., Jan. 5, 2018. The Purple Heart medal is one of the military’s oldest medals dating back to 1782. It recognizes military members who were wounded or killed in ...

  • 6 civilians killed, wounded in Helmand IED explosion

    January 4, 2018

    At least two civilians were killed and four others were wounded in an explosion triggered by the roadside bomb explosion in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan. The officials are saying that the incident took place on Wednesday afternoon in the vicinity of Washir district. According to a statement released by the governor’s office, a civilian hatchback type ...

  • The UK Security Expo 2017 – the global showcase that makes a real difference.

    January 3, 2018

    The UK Security Expo 2017 – the global showcase that makes a real difference. It is always difficult when putting an event together to get the right balance of activity to generate sufficient interest – from a show organisers perspective the business book says do just enough to get the footfall through the door and thereby ...

  • Ordnance companies train at Northern Challenge

    January 3, 2018

    The 702nd and 720th Ordnance Companies deployed 10 Soldiers to participate in Northern Challenge 17 in the first two weeks of October. Northern Challenge is an Explosive Ordnance Disposal event hosted by the Icelandic Coast Guard that advances NATO’s efforts to fight international terrorism. The event strengthens U.S. Army Europe’s connection to allies, local government leaders, and ...

  • Suicide attack on Nigeria mosque causes multiple deaths

    January 3, 2018

    A suicide bomb attack on a mosque in northeastern Nigeria has killed at least 11 people, according to reports. The incident took place in the town of Gamboru, in Nigeria’s Borno state near the border with Cameroon, an area where the armed group Boko Haram has previously carried out a number of attacks. Read more… Source: Aljazeera