News – June 2018

  • 8 police personnel killed in Kenya blast

    June 17, 2018

    Eight police personnel were killed on Sunday when their vehicle drove over an improvised explosive device in Bojigaras area, Wajir County, according to a government official. North Eastern regional coordinator Muhammad Saleh told Anadolu Agency: “We are pursuing the attackers who escaped from the area soon after the attack that killed the paramilitary personnel.” The attack comes ...

  • Blast hits gathering of Taliban and Afghan security forces in eastern Nangarhar

    June 16, 2018

    A car bomb killed at least 26 people at a gathering of Taliban and Afghan armed forces in the eastern city of Nangarhar on Saturday, an official said, as soldiers and militants celebrated an unprecedented Eid ceasefire. Islamic State claimed responsibility. The group’s Amaq news agency said the target was “a gathering of Afghan forces” but ...

  • The European CBRNe community comes together at NCT Europe 2018!

    June 15, 2018

    Organized in partnership with the National Training Center of the Dutch Ministry of Defense, NCT Europe will take place in Vught, the Netherlands, from the 3rd to the 5th of July. CBRNe stands for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and explosive (CBRNe) threats. Examples of CBRNe incidents include the use of chemical weapons in Syria by the ...

  • New NATO project to help with real-time detection of explosives in public transport

    June 15, 2018

    A new NATO project, EXTRAS, led by research institutions in Italy and Serbia, will make it possible to detect explosives and prevent terrorist attacks on public transport. The project, funded by NATO’s Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme, will use laser spectroscopy to identify explosive materials on potential bombers. The project started on 14 June ...

  • Nigerian Army laments rising cases of IED use in Southeast

    June 15, 2018

    The Nigerian Army has expressed alarm over what it described as emerging but dangerous trend of the use of Improvised Explosive Device, IED, as weapon in the South Eastern part of the country. The Army said that although the zone was the most peaceful among all the six in the country, the introduction of IED as ...

  • Trained bees make first warzone discovery of lost explosives confirms Scots scientist

    June 15, 2018

    Trained bees have been successfully used for the first time to find mines in a former Yugoslavian warzone, a Scottish scientist has revealed. The honey bees led mine clearance teams to unexploded ordnance in Croatia after they were trained to hone in on the smell of explosives. Dr Ross Gillanders of St Andrews University helped design equipment ...

  • Nepal Army defuses IED planted in Damak Municipality mayor’s vehicle

    June 14, 2018

    A bomb disposal team of Nepal Army defused an improvised explosive device (IED) planted in a parked vehicle belonging to Mayor of Damak Municipality Rom Nath Oli on Thursday. Upon finding a suspicious material wrapped in a carton on the roof of his Scorpio vehicle on Wednesday evening when he was about to leave office for ...

  • Kansas Soldiers react to IEDs during convoy training

    June 14, 2018

    Soldiers from Kansas’ Army National Guard’s 137th Transportation Company participated in the counter improvised explosive device training lane at Custer State Park, June 12. The CIED course provided an opportunity for units attending the Golden Coyote training exercise to practice identifying and reacting to IEDs in a tactical scenario.”We provide quality, realistic training that allows units ...

  • France helps Egypt detect IEDs

    June 13, 2018

    The French military has deployed an engineering detachment to Egypt to help its military detect improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The French defence ministry said the detachment was deployed to Egypt from 20 April to 5 May. It will soon take part in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). Read more… Source: Defence Web  

  • Child killed, 7 civilians injured in E. Afghan blast

    June 13, 2018

    A 10-year-old child was killed and seven people wounded in a blast in Jalalabad city, capital of Afghanistan’s eastern province of Nangarhar on Wednesday, provincial government said in a statement. The explosion occurred roughly at 6:00 a.m. local time in front of a small shop in Police District 2 of the city when an improvised explosive ...

  • Explosives similar to those used in cash-in-transit heists stolen from KZN mine

    June 12, 2018

    More than 200 kilograms of gel explosives, thought to be similar to those used in cash-in-transit heists, have been stolen from the Zululand Anthracite Colliery (ZAC) in KwaZulu-Natal. The African News Agency (ANA) understands that the theft took place during the night or morning of June 6. Read more… Source: iOL  

  • Eight tonne cache of explosives seized by Afghan authorities on Pakistan border

    June 12, 2018

    A huge cache of explosive materials was discovered by Afghan security forces in a vegetable truck crossing from Pakistan, in one of the largest ever finds. Intelligence officers found nearly eight tonnes of ammonium nitrate – the chemical widely used in making explosives – hidden beneath sacks of vegetables on the vehicle at the Torkham border crossing, at the ...

  • Sandia Labs to test bomb squad teams in “Robot Rodeo” competition

    June 12, 2018

    Civilian and military bomb squad teams from across the country will take part in Sandia Labs’ 12th annual Western National Robot Rodeo this week, a competition that uses simulated scenarios to test the ability of first responders to use robots to complete hazardous tasks. Read more… Source: Homeland Preparedness News  

  • 720th EOD team wins ‘Team of the Year’

    June 12, 2018

    Members of the 702nd and 720th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Companies competed for the US Army Europe Team of the Year at the training area here June 4-9, with a team from 720th winning the event. Both units fall under the 16th Special Troops Battalion, 16th Sustainment Brigade, and are the only EOD units under USAREUR. Three two-man ...

  • 41 killed, 14 injured in Afghan violence: officials

    June 11, 2018

    Thirty-four militants and seven police were killed and 14 people were wounded in daily violence in Afghanistan, authorities said Monday. In one incident, 12 civilians were wounded after an improvised explosive device (IED) was detonated at a public picnic area in Chaparhar district, eastern Nangarhar province roughly at 9:00 a.m. local time Monday, the provincial government ...

  • Airstrike destroys BIFF IED factory in Liguasan Marsh

    June 11, 2018

    A military airstrike on Sunday successfully destroyed the bomb-making factory of the IS-linked Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in Liguasan Marsh, an Army official said Monday. Capt. Arvin John Encinas, the Army’s 6th Infantry Division spokesman, said the operation also resulted to the arrest of BIFF bomb-maker Ustadz Anwar Ali, 22, and his wife Asnaya, 20. Read ...

  • US seeks to head off new terrorist threats against air cargo

    June 11, 2018

    US security officials have uncovered specific cargo-related terrorist threats against US-bound aircraft, prompting the customs agency to tighten requirements related to air cargo reporting. “ has received specific, classified intelligence that certain terrorist organisations seek to exploit vulnerabilities in international air cargo security,” the agency says in a new rule made public ...

  • Afghan army defuses massive bombs, landmines: gov’t

    June 7, 2018

    The Afghan army personnel found 73 improvised bombs and landmines within the last 24 hours, the country’s Defense Ministry said Thursday. “Afghan National Army (ANA) explosive-ordnance disposal teams recovered 73 rounds of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and landmine elsewhere since early Wednesday. They safely defused or destroyed the explosives over the period,” the ministry said in ...

  • 22 pounds of ‘mother of Satan’ explosives found in Federal Way house, police say

    June 7, 2018

    A 34-year-old Federal Way man accused of blowing up his SUV with homemade explosives on Tuesday evening was charged Thursday with possession of an incendiary device, according to King County prosecutors. Police and federal agents seized 22 pounds of triacetone triperoxide, known as TATP, and 20 pounds of explosive tannerite from a shed, car and the house where ...

  • At least 18 killed in Baghdad explosion: source

    June 6, 2018

    At least 18 people were killed and over 90 wounded in an explosion in Baghdad’s Sadr City district on Wednesday, an Iraqi police source said. An interior ministry spokesman said in a brief statement the blast was the result of the detonation of an ammunitions cache and that security forces had opened an investigation.The ammunition had ...