News – March 2018


  • UK Special Forces soldier killed in Syria bomb blast

    March 31, 2018

    A British soldier has been killed in a bomb blast in Syria, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed. The soldier is understood to be a member of the Special Forces. A MOD spokesperson said: “It is with regret that we must confirm that a member of the UK Armed Forces was killed by an improvised explosive device ...

  • India raises concern over increasing IED attacks on peacekeepers

    March 29, 2018

    “In the last four years, of the 176 fatal casualties due to acts of violence, 43 were due to lED attacks, ” diplomat Tanmaya Lal says India has expressed concern over the rising improvised explosive device (IED) attacks on United Nations peacekeepers and called for deploying resources to protect troops against them The IED attacks were a ...

  • NATO EOD Demonstrations and Trials 2018, 19 – 20 September 2018, Bratislava, Slovakia

    March 28, 2018

    The registration is now open – book your Free of Charge stand today at  https://eodcoe.org/en/events/nato-eod-demonstrations-trials-series/nato-eod-demonstrations-trials-2018/exhibiting/why-exhibit/ Background NATO EOD Demonstrations & Trials series is organized based on the Defence Against Terrorism Programme of Work (DAT POW) under the auspices of the NATO Emerging Security Challenges Division. The main goal of the events is to accelerate the fielding of ...

  • UK: Russia threat and terror the focus of security review

    March 28, 2018

    Threats from Russia and organised crime are the focus of a new national security strategy for the UK. In what the prime minister has called a “fusion doctrine”, the plan will combine intelligence and the Army with economics and diplomacy to defeat UK enemies. Theresa May said “every capability” would be used against increasing threats on national ...

  • A man has been convicted of having explosives – Metropolitan Police

    March 27, 2018

    A man has been convicted of having explosives, weapons and ammunition following a joint investigation by police in Hertfordshire and Counter Terrorism officers from the Met and the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU). Warren Snedden, 44 (05.05.73) of Longcroft Lane, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire was today, Tuesday, 27 March, found guilty at Woolwich Crown Court ...

  • Afghan army defuses massive bombs, landmines: government

    March 27, 2018

    The Afghan army personnel found 38 improvised bombs and landmines within the last 24 hours, the country’s Defense Ministry said Tuesday. “The Afghan National Army (ANA) engineering teams recovered 38 rounds of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and landmines since early Monday. And they safely destroyed the explosives across Afghanistan,” the ministry said in a statement. Taliban militants ...

  • Suspicious packages sent to military bases in Washington, D.C., area

    March 27, 2018

    A handful of federal facilities in the Washington, D.C., area received packages on Monday that were considered suspicious, CBS News senior investigative producer Pat Milton reports. Fort Belvoir, Fort McNair, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling and the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren, Virginia, all received the suspicious packages. The packages were each rendered “inert” by the facility’s ...

  • Why bombs trigger such profound fear: Reflections on Austin, by way of Iraq

    March 27, 2018

    This month, we saw what happens when an entire city is gripped by fear. In Austin, six bombs — five that detonated and one that was discovered before exploding — killed two people, injured five and instilled a sense of terror across a metropolitan area of two million. The deaths and injuries are tragic, but given ...

  • Iran provides Yemen’s Houthis material for explosives, report says

    March 26, 2018

    Iran is providing Yemen’s Houthi rebels with materials to manufacture armour-piercing improvised explosive devices, according to a new report by an arms tracking group. “Improvised weapons used by Yemen’s Houthi forces have been manufactured using the same, identically configured components as those recovered from Iranian-backed groups in Bahrain,” said James Bevan, executive director of Conflict Armament ...

  • Three bombs explode in separate places in Morang, Nepal

    March 25, 2018

    An improvised explosive device went off when the vehicle carrying Province 1 Minister for Social Development Jeeevan Ghimire was heading towards Pathari-Sanischare from Biratnagar this morning. The minister was heading to Urlabari Municipality to attend a programme. The bomb exploded at a distance of 200 metres when Minister Ghimire reached Pathari-Sanischare at 7:30am. Personal Secretary of the ...

  • 11 People Injured in Kabul Explosion Targeting Sit-in for Pakistani Protesters

    March 25, 2018

    At least eleven people were wounded in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast close to a sit-in camp being held in solidarity with Pakistani protesters in capital Kabul Saturday, according to local media and an official. Afghan National Police spokesman Basir Mujahed said the blast took place in the Huzoori Garden area where a sit-in camp ...

  • UNMAS eliminates 150 tons of explosive remnants of war in Libya

    March 24, 2018

    The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) said it had destroyed 150 tons of explosive remnants of war in Libya, adding that 8 EOD operations had been carried out to clear these remnants on 6550 square meters of land that could possibly contain mines and explosives. The UNMAS confirmed it will continue coordination to the international ...

  • Malaysia Arrests Seven Men With Islamic State Links Over Attacks Plot

    March 24, 2018

    Malaysian police have arrested seven men with links to the Islamic State militant group who were planning attacks on non-Muslim places of worship and other targets, authorities said on Saturday. The Muslim-majority country has been on high alert since gunmen allied with Islamic State (IS) carried out a series of attacks in Jakarta, the capital of ...

  • Marines, NSBE partner to bring career opportunities to engineering students

    March 24, 2018

    Marines with Marine Corps Recruiting Command partnered with the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) during the NSBE 44th Annual Convention at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, March 21-25, 2018. During the five-day event, Marines were able to generate and increase awareness of Marine Corps career opportunities within the African American community through ...

  • 3 Explosive Devices Found at French Supermarket After Deadly Rampage, Official Says

    March 24, 2018

    A French judicial official says three homemade explosive devices have been found in the supermarket in southern France that was the site of a deadly attack by a man calling himself “a soldier” of the Islamic State group. Also found were a 7.65-caliber handgun and a hunting knife, the official said on Saturday. He wasn’t authorized ...

  • 5 policemen injured in IED blast carried out by Naxals in Chhattisgarh, India

    March 24, 2018

    Five District Reserve Guard (DRG) jawans were injured in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast, suspected to be carried out by the Naxals, in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district today, police said. The incident comes 10 days after nine CRPF personnels were killed in a blast in the district on March 13. The blast took place around 3 pm in a forest near Sirsetti village ...

  • Egypt: Explosion hits near convoy of Alexandria security chief

    March 24, 2018

    An explosion in the coastal city of Alexandria has killed at least two people, including a policeman, in what officials called an assassination attempt against the city’s security chief. The blast occurred near the Tolip Hotel on Saturday afternoon in Rushdi, a neighbourhood in Egypt’s second city, close to the motorcade of Major General Mostafa al-Nemr, the head ...

  • Afghanistan: At least 10 dead, 37 wounded in car bomb explosion in Lashkar Gah city

    March 23, 2018

    A blast rocked a city in Afghanistan’s restive south on Friday, killing and wounding dozens of people as they left a wrestling match, officials said, in the latest attack in the country. “A car bomb blast happened at the entrance gate to the sports stadium in the first Police District of Lashkar Gah city,” Helmand province’s ...

  • EOD, Chemical go hand-in-hand

    March 23, 2018

    More than 50 Soldiers with the 71st Ordnance Group (Explosive Ordnance Disposal), participated in a 3-day chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear (CBRN) training exercise to build readiness and confidence in the event of a chemical attack, Mar. 21-23, at various locations on the installation. Event coordinators with 71st EOD called upon the chemical expertise of Soldiers with ...

  • MyDefence and AAU develop Terahertz technology for IED detection

    March 22, 2018

    This project will take the last decade of innovations within Terahertz spectroscopy and bring it in to the future, where detection of explosives at a safe distance, can be used to prevent terror attacks and save lives. The Innovation Fund Denmark has decided to fund the project between the physicists at Aalborg University and the ...