News – July 2017


  • Royal Marine terror bomb maker Ciaran Maxwell jailed for 18 years

    July 31, 2017

    A terrorist who infiltrated the British military and supplied bombs to dissident Irish republicans has been jailed for 18 years. Ex-Royal Marine Ciaran Maxwell made 43 purpose-built hides across England and Northern Ireland, in which he stashed anti-personnel mines, mortars, ammunition and 14 pipe bombs – four of which were later used. As well as bomb-making materials, ...

  • Australian plane bomb plotters ‘planned to use meat mincer filled with explosives’

    July 31, 2017

    Four Australian-Lebanese men accused of plotting to bring down a plane planned to use poisonous gas or a crude bomb disguised as a meat mincer, reports say. The men, who were arrested in raids in Sydney on Saturday night, are not thought to be two sets of fathers and sons, despite earlier reports. The Sydney Daily Telegraph said that ...

  • Venezuela elections marred by deadly protests: IED attack on police motorcyclists

    July 31, 2017

    Anti-Maduro activists wearing hoods or masks erected barricades on roads, and scuffles broke out with security forces who moved in quickly to disperse demonstrators who denounced the election as a naked power grab by the president. Authorities said 10 people were killed in the confrontations, which made Sunday one of the deadliest days since massive protests ...

  • Passenger with pipe bomb allowed to fly after staff failed to spot device was dangerous

    July 31, 2017

    An airline passenger who tried to carry a “crude but viable” nail bomb onto a Ryanair plane was released and allowed to catch a later flight because security staff did not realise the device was dangerous, a court heard yesterday. Nadeem Muhammad, 43, was stopped after airport scanners detected the makeshift device as he tried to ...

  • Car bomb in Somali capital Mogadishu kills six, 20 wounded: police officer

    July 30, 2017

    A car bomb explosion in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Sunday killed six and wounded 20 others and the death toll was likely to rise, a police officer said. The bomb went off on the busy Maka al Mukaram road, police said, while a Reuters witness said the blast was followed by big clouds of smoke ...

  • Sydney terror raids ‘disrupted’ plot to bring down plane, Malcolm Turnbull says

    July 30, 2017

    Authorities in Sydney have seized material that could be used to make an improvised bomb, as investigations continue into an alleged terror plot to bring down a plane. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull this morning confirmed raids carried out in Sydney yesterday “disrupted” what appeared to be an “elaborate” conspiracy, and said extra security was in place ...

  • Cabinet Office, NATO, Europol and Global Cyber Alliance confirmed to speak at UK Security Expo 2017

    July 27, 2017

    UK Security Expo announce launch of 2017 conference agenda with the addition of two new programmes covering Cyber Security and Counter Terror for FMs Following on from the success of the 2016 agenda, UK Security Expo will feature an extended educational offering with 9 conference programmes, 250 individual sessions and 200 speakers covering the entire breadth ...

  • TSA issues new electronics screening procedures for domestic, international flights

    July 26, 2017

    The Transportation Security Administration expanded its screening of electronic devices for carry-on luggage on Wednesday with new security procedures for all U.S. and international flights. The procedures require any electronic device larger than a cell phone to be X-rayed in a separate bin, similar to how laptop computers are currently screened. TSA officials made no mention of ...

  • Booby-traps plague north Iraq as Islamic State targets returning civilians

    July 26, 2017

    As people return home to Mosul and other areas of northern Iraq freed from Islamic State, homemade bombs and explosives laid on an industrial scale by the insurgents are claiming hundreds of victims and hampering efforts to bring life back to normal. Houses, schools, mosques and streets are all booby-trapped, a big problem in West Mosul ...

  • OSCE supports advanced explosive ordnance disposal courses in Dushanbe

    July 25, 2017

    Two parallel 11-day courses on explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) level 3, supported by the OSCE Programme Office in Dushanbe, were concluded in Dushanbe on July 21, the OSCE said in press release. The courses for Russian-speaking and Tajik-Dari speaking students, respectively, were attended by 42 trainees from Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia and Tajikistan. “The regional EOD training ...

  • Blast leaves dozens dead in Pakistan’s Lahore

    July 24, 2017

    A suicide attack targeting police personnel in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore has killed at least 25 people and wounded scores more, officials say. The attack targeted police assisting in a drive to clear the Ferozepur Road, a main road in Pakistan’s second city, of illegal construction and street vendors on Monday, provincial Law Minister ...

  • At least 35 dead in Afghanistan suicide attack

    July 24, 2017

    At least 35 people have been killed by a Taliban suicide bomber in the west of Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul. More than 40 others were wounded, including children, when a car packed with explosives was rammed into a bus carrying government employees just before 7am local time on Monday. The death toll could yet rise, with the country’s ...

  • Prison Inmates Detonate Explosive In Attempted Jailbreak

    July 24, 2017

    Inmates of Okaka Prison in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State detonated an improvised explosive device in an attempted jailbreak on Monday. While six inmates were arrested after the explosion, others may have escaped, according to prison sources. Victor Chiabua, Controller of the Nigerian Prisons Service in the state, said that the incident occurred at about 9:02 p.m. on ...

  • Narco-Terror: Mexican Cartel Begins Using IEDs

    July 23, 2017

    Mexican intelligence services are sounding the alarm about one of Mexico’s most violent cartels turning to the use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) as part of their terrorist-style tactics. A leaked report from Mexico’s intelligence service CISEN revealed the ruthless Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion (CJNG) has turned to the recruitment of former terrorists from Colombia and their ...

  • Bomb disposal expert Kim Hughes: ‘I’ve an unhealthy number of darkest moments

    July 22, 2017

    British Warrant Officer Class 1 Kim Hughes, 37, was awarded the George Cross in June 2010 for defusing seven improvised explosive devices (IEDs) without protective clothing. His citation called it the “single most outstanding act of explosive ordnance disposal ever recorded in Afghanistan”. You’re still alive. Do you develop a sixth sense in the field? No. It ...

  • FBI releases ‘unusual’ analysis of pipe bomb found in man’s apartment after Bixby Air Force recruiting office bombing

    July 20, 2017

    An unexploded pipe bomb found in the apartment of a man jailed in connection with the bombing of a Bixby military recruiting office had unusual features, according to court records. A preliminary Federal Bureau of Investigation analysis of one of two unexploded improvised explosive devices found in Benjamin Roden’s south Tulsa apartment determined the device utilized ...

  • Two JSQM men held for IED attacks on Chinese workers

    July 20, 2017

    Two activists of the Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz (JSQM) alleged to be involved in attacks on Chinese nationals in the city were among 10 suspects arrested by the Sindh Rangers on Wednesday. A spokesman for the paramilitary force said a team conducted an intelligence-based targeted raid in the city’s Steel Town area and, after resistance, managed ...

  • Training of bomb-sniffing dogs could improve with new mass spectrometry tool

    July 20, 2017

    Law enforcement has long relied on canines to sniff out dangerous explosives, but large discrepancies exist between individual dogs’ performances that are at least partially attributable to training differences. Now, analytical chemistry may help give the dogs’ powerful sense of smell a keener edge. Researchers have developed a device that could improve dogs’ training by ...

  • Special forces testing new anti-drone systems

    July 20, 2017

    The Navy’s special forces and the Defense Department’s tech innovation unit are looking at commercially developed gear to counter the growing threat of weaponized consumer drones on the battlefield. The DOD’s Navy Special Warfare Command signed a $1.5 million deal with San Diego-based SkySafe to test a field-deployed mobile counter-drone system aimed at detecting, identifying, tracking ...

  • We Watched Kurdish Soldiers Rip Apart IEDs

    July 20, 2017

    A Peshmerga fighter slowly worked his around the concrete shell of a half-constructed home in northern Iraq when something in the rubble alerted his attention. After flagging the spot and alerting the other soldiers with him, another Peshmerga fighter specialized in handling improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, arrived on the scene. The new arrival carefully looked ...