News – July 2018


  • 15 Killed In Siege Of Govt Compound In Jalalabad

    July 31, 2018

    According to them 15 people were killed and as many wounded in the attack that lasted over six hours. Officials said a car bomb was detonated close to the entrance of the compound at about 11.30am and was followed by two gunmen storming the building. A number of employees were able to escape during the course of ...

  • Belgium explosion: Man ‘blows himself up’ on football pitch in Stembert, Verviers

    July 31, 2018

    It is believed that this is an isolated act and authorities have been to the victim’s home to ensure there are no other explosives there. The victim has not been formally identified but Le Soir newspaper is reporting it was a former soldier who lived close by. Panorama Steet and adjacent streets have been evacuated and residents ...

  • Security team trains 500th dog for explosives detection

    July 31, 2018

    Will air cargo loads routinely be screened by bomb-sniffing dogs? New York City-based security firm MSA Security is counting on it, as it announced this week that it has trained it 500th dog in the science of explosives detection at its Windsor facility in Connecticut. Under what’s known as the Windsor Program, the human handler and ...

  • TSA Tests 3-D Airport Scanners That May Let Liquids Stay in Bags

    July 30, 2018

    The nation’s aviation security agency is beginning a test at 15 U.S. airports of new three-dimensional X-ray scanners that may someday allow passengers to bring liquids into their bags. The Transportation Security Administration plans to add as many as 40 units — the same as CT scanners used in the medical world — at additional airports ...

  • Bike spark plugs being used to trigger IEDs

    July 30, 2018

    Security forces have stumbled upon the use of commonly available spark plugs in automobile engines being used by terrorists and Naxals to detonate improvised explosive devices (IEDs). A motorcycle spark plug with two electric cables attached to it was recovered on Monday by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force (ITBP) from a site where a large IED ...

  • Taliban militants suffer heavy casualties after blow by own IED in Kunduz

    July 30, 2018

    At least eight Taliban militants were killed or wounded after blown by an improvised explosive device planted by own comrades in northern Kunduz province. The 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan military in the North said the incident has taken place in Dasht Archi district. The source further added that an improvised explosive device planted in Puli Moman ...

  • Lockheed wins Army contract for self-driving military convoy systems

    July 30, 2018

    Lockheed Martin has won a U.S. Army contract to develop and test prototypes for unmanned convoys that would shelter soldiers from some of the dangers inherent in moving supplies through hostile territories, a mission behind numerous casualties in the Iraq War. Military personnel will conduct demonstrations using the prototypes developed through the so-called Expedient Leader-Follower program ...

  • IED expert and 12 ISIS-K militants killed in Nangarhar province

    July 28, 2018

    An expert of the Improvised Explosive Devices and at least twelve ISIS Khurasan militants were killed in separate incidents in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan. The provincial government media office in a statement said a militant was killed while he was developing an improvised explosive device in his house in Ghani Khel district. The statement further added ...

  • Russian Emergencies Ministry to join Syria landmine clearance operation

    July 27, 2018

    Russian Emergencies Ministry has announced plans to take part in the landmine clearance operation in Syria together with the representatives of the Syrian government and the UN Mine Action Service. On Friday, the Emergencies Ministry’s press service reported that between July 20 and July 27 a group of experts held meetings with representatives of the Syrian ...

  • Beijing blast: Small explosive device set off near US embassy

    July 26, 2018

    A man has set off a small explosive device close to the US embassy in Beijing, officials have confirmed. Apart from the attacker, there were no injuries reported and officials say police responded immediately. Video and images posted on social media show smoke rising from the vicinity of the embassy in the heart of the Chinese capital ...

  • Army called in after ‘suspicious items’ found in house attic

    July 25, 2018

    A specialist Army search team has been called in after “suspicious items” were found in a Bristol attic. A controlled explosion was carried out on an item removed from the property in Filton Avenue on Monday. A cordon was re-established when more items were found on Tuesday and residents made alternative accommodation arrangements overnight. A 37-year-old has been ...

  • Syria war: More than 200 dead in suicide attacks

    July 25, 2018

    At least 215 people have died in a series of apparently co-ordinated attacks in south-western Syria, local officials and a monitoring group say. Several suicide bombings struck in and around the government-held city of Suweida – the main city in the province – on Wednesday. The Islamic State group (IS) said it carried out the attacks. Pro-government forces ...

  • Janus Clears Explosives at Former ISIS-Held Grain Silo in Iraq

    July 25, 2018

    Explosives experts from Janus Global Operations have cleared a grain processing facility in Tal Afar, Iraq, months after the Iraqi Army drove out Islamic State of Iraq and Syria fighters from the area. The company said Wednesday its teams found and deactivated more than 70 improvised explosive devices, rockets, grenades, mortar and other weapons, and cleared more than 192,000 square ...

  • Pakistan: At least 31 people killed in explosion at Quetta polling station

    July 25, 2018

    Five policemen and two children were among the victims of the attack in the city of Quetta. There are fears the death toll could rise as many of the 35 people wounded are in a critical condition. Terror group Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the explosion. Hashim Ghilzai, an administration official in Quetta, said: “(The bomber) was ...

  • 44th Civil Support Team Aims for a Successful Training Proficiency Evaluation

    July 23, 2018

    Soldiers and Airmen of the Florida National Guard’s 44th Civil Support Team conducted training this week in West Palm Beach, Florida, as part of a skills validation exercise for U.S. Army North. Donning their full body protective gear, designed to keep the Guardsmen alive in an environment contaminated by chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear agents, members ...

  • Heathrow scanner trial could ease airport liquid ban

    July 23, 2018

    The machines take a 3D X-ray, allowing security staff to check items without requiring them to be removed from bags, and can detect explosives. The worldwide rules began in 2006 after a terror plot was stopped by UK police. The Department for Transport said a “small number” of trials was set to last between six and 12 ...

  • Augmenting the AOR: EOD Airman provides critical skillset to Army forensics team

    July 23, 2018

    This story is part of the JET/IA “Augmenting the AOR” series, covering the unique missions and skill sets Airmen provide to coalition and sister-service mission partners throughout the deployed area of responsibility. Visiting the Central Command Forensic Exploitation Laboratory, located at Camp Arifjan, is an experience similar to watching a television show like ‘CSI’ or ‘NCIS,’ ...

  • No time to waste

    July 23, 2018

    Experiments to test incremental solutions that will give joint forces more warning of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons on an accelerated timeline. In an unpredictable location, which could be an urban center in Syria or a semirural suburb like Salisbury, England, a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear (CBRN) event will happen, again. Such an event ...

  • Afghan Army Captures IED Maker, Prevents Attack on School, Voting Center

    July 19, 2018

    The Afghan National Army’s 4th Brigade, 203rd Corps captured five improvised explosive device (IED) makers and a cache of bomb-making, in Logar Province, June 13. The successful operation began when the 4th Brigade’s intelligence section used its own Persistent Threat Detection System (PTDS) to spot five insurgents emplacing three IEDs stopping a targeted attack at a ...

  • UK Border Force Deploys Agilent Resolve Handheld Raman Systems for Hazardous Material Detection

    July 19, 2018

    Press release – SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 19, 2018 Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced that UK Border Force is now using Resolve, the company’s handheld Raman system, to detect bulk chemicals—whether benign, hazardous, or illegal—through opaque packages and containers. This system is the latest addition to a suite of advanced technologies deployed to detect illegal ...