News – May 2017


Spring/Summer 2017 edition of the Counter-IED Report magazine is now available to read online and in print
May 31, 2017
Articles, in-depth analysis and insights from NATO HQ SACT, C-IED Centre of Excellence, Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD), Armament Research Services (ARES), DSA Detection and many more.


Comparative tests of handheld mine detectors
May 31, 2017
As a part of the Swedish Armed Forces (SAF) plan to replace and upgrade the range of handheld sensors used by SAF EOD, as well as keeping up-to-date on the current market, comparison tests of handheld mine detectors from a variety of seven companies are being conducted at the test facilities of SWEDEC.


Kabul bomb: Diplomatic zone attack kills dozens
May 31, 2017
A powerful vehicle bomb has hit the diplomatic area of the Afghan capital, Kabul, killing at least 80 people and injuring 350.


Somalia: Many Explosives Seizes In Bosaso
May 31, 2017
According to the media and told the Puntland security officials Control is from the town of Bosaso has been seize to a number of explosives, which were homing truck full off vegetables.


Manchester attack: Abedi bought most bomb parts ‘himself’
May 31, 2017
Manchester suicide attacker Salman Abedi bought most of the components used to make the bomb himself, police have said.


Afghanistan attack: At least 18 dead in suicide bombing on first day of Ramadan
May 27, 2017
At least 18 people, mostly civilians, were killed when a suicide car bomber targeted a convoy of provincial security forces in eastern Afghanistan, an Interior Ministry official said.

Manchester attack: Fears over ‘second bomb’ after police find huge chemical explosive cache in Salman Abedi raid
May 26, 2017
The Manchester suicide bomber may have built a second device which is now in the hands of fellow jihadists, police fear.


Kenya: 11 police officers killed in two days
May 26, 2017
Two police officers were yesterday killed after their vehicle ran over explosives in Liboi, Garissa County. The death brings to 11 the number of police officers killed in Garissa and Mandera counties in two days.


UK: Damon Smith jailed for planting failed Tube bomb
May 25, 2017
Damon Smith put his homemade device into a rucksack and left it on a Jubilee Line train in October 2016.


WVARNG Soldiers, WV State Police participate in EOD Raven’s Challenge
May 25, 2017
On May 23-25 at Camp Dawson in Kingwood, W.Va., Soldiers from the West Virginia Army National Guard’s 753rd Explosive Ordinance participated alongside the West Virginia State Police Bomb Squad in the Raven’s Challenge.


ISIS rigged explosives to home where 100 civilians died in US-led airstrike, military says
May 25, 2017
The Islamic State lured the U.S.-led forces into conducting an airstrike in March that killed over 100 civilians in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, a top American military official said Thursday.


Former Greek PM Lucas Papademos hurt in Athens car bomb
May 25, 2017
Greece’s former prime minister Lucas Papademos has been hurt by an explosive device hidden in an envelope, according to police.

UK Prime Minister to urge action over online extremist content after Manchester attack
May 25, 2017
Theresa May is to call on world leaders to step up pressure on internet companies to rid the web of extremist material in the wake of the Manchester terrorist attack.

Suicide bombings kill 3 officers at Jakarta bus station, police say
May 25, 2017
A pair of suicide bombers struck a bus station Wednesday in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, police said.

Manchester Arena attack: UK hits out at US ‘leaks’ over terror inquiry
May 24, 2017
British counter-terrorism officials have hit out at their US counterparts for apparently leaking intelligence to the American media in connection with the Manchester attack inquiry.

UK threat level raised to highest
May 23, 2017
The UK terror threat level has been raised to its highest level of “critical”, meaning further attacks may be imminent, Theresa May has said.

Manchester explosion: 22 dead and many injured
May 23, 2017
Police have confirmed 22 people have died and around 59 people are injured after reports of an explosion at Manchester Arena.

PrimeTech Demining Demo Day
May 22, 2017
With great pleasure PrimeTech is announcing this year’s PrimeTech Demining Demo Day, to be held on August 30th and 31st in Italy.


Bomb blast at Bangkok hospital injures 21 people
May 22, 2017
A bomb explosion at a hospital in Bangkok has injured 21 people, Thai police say.

Better Image-Quality Measurements for Bomb Squads
May 18, 2017
When a bomb technician is called out to deal with a suspicious package or a suspected bomb, their first step is often to take an X-ray image of the package to determine whether the package is a threat.


ISIS ‘working on new generation of explosives that could be hidden in computers and evade airport scanners’ – as Europe ponders ban on laptops on flights to US
May 18, 2017
The United States said on Wednesday that ISIS is believed to be working on a sophisticated new bomb that could be hidden in laptop computers and are capable of evading airport detectors.

Huge explosives, suicidal vests found in militant den, 2 detained
May 16, 2017
Two members of Neo JMB were detained from the militant dens in Jheniddah Sadar on Tues day. Six bombs, 15 dynamite sticks, 30 electric circuits two suicidal vests were recovered from there, said commanding officer of Rab-6 Major Monir Ahmed.

Smiths Detection Wins London Gatwick Airport Contract for Hold Baggage Explosives Detection Systems
May 16, 2017
Smiths Detection, formerly Morpho Detection – Safran, today announced a contract with London Gatwick Airport Limited to supply and service nine high-speed CTX 9800 DSi™ explosives detection systems (EDS).


“Laptop Bombs” Are Remarkably Low Tech
May 16, 2017
The complicated electronics of a laptop are a tempting place for terrorists to hide improvised explosive devices.


Bid to smuggle bomb components foiled at Turkish base
May 15, 2017
Security forces at an air base in southeast Turkey seem to have uncovered a plot to smuggle components for a bomb on to the base, security officials said Monday.


Laos village takes novel approach to recycling explosives
May 15, 2017
The village of Ban Napia in the Xieng Khuang province of Laos has become a tourist destination in recent years.

Unexploded WWII bomb causes travel mayhem in Birmingham
May 15, 2017
An unexploded WWII bomb has caused travel chaos in Birmingham, with some major road and rail links shut down at the urging of bomb disposal experts.

Leeds Bradford Airport reopens after controlled explosion on suspicious package
May 14, 2017
A police bomb squad has carried out a controlled explosion on a suspicious package that led to the evacuation of passengers and staff from Leeds Bradford Airport.

Italian police investigate small bomb blast at Rome post office
May 12, 2017
A rudimentary explosive device detonated between parked vehicles outside a post office in Rome, causing no injuries but damaging a car.

U.N. aviation agency seeks global approach to laptop ban
May 10, 2017
A United Nations agency has launched an effort to craft global guidance for the use of laptops and other portable electronics in passenger aircraft cabins after selective bans by the United States and Britain upset airline passengers as well as Middle Eastern carriers.


Scores hurt in twin-bomb attack at Pattani supermarket
May 10, 2017
At least 60 people, among them children, were injured when two bombs went off one after the other at a major supermarket in Thailand’s restive south yesterday afternoon.


Iraq further developing its capabilities in the fight against terrorism, with NATO support
May 9, 201
9 May 2017 marks another important step in the consolidation of NATO’s support to Iraqi security institutions in strengthening their capabilities in the fight against terrorism.

Units from 24 countries join together for largest annual exercise in the Mideast
May 9, 2017
More than 7,000 troops from 24 nations are participating in a massive exercise in Jordan, training to combat improvised explosive devices, cyberattacks and other threats.


Busy road closed as Army bomb squad called to inspect ‘viable device’
May 9, 2017
The Army bomb squad was called to a location in North Dublin on Monday night after a “viable device” was discovered.


Chand-led Maoist cadres held with explosives
May 9, 2017
Police on Tuesday arrested two cadres of the Netra Bikram Chand-led CPN Maoist in possession of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) in Chitwan.


Pipe bomb found in Sebring home
May 9, 2017
A pipe bomb found in the home of a man who is in federal custody for threatening to blow up a Sebring (Florida) eye care center in 2015 was safely removed and dismantled Monday, May 8.


At least 40 wounded after car bomb hits Thailand’s troubled south
May 9, 2017
At least 40 people were wounded on Tuesday when a car bomb exploded outside a supermarket in Thailand’s insurgency-plagued south, police said, the largest attack for months on a civilian target in the troubled zone.


Kenyan police officers targeted in deadly bomb explosion
May 8, 2017
Several people including police officers have been injured in a deadly bomb explosion. The Improvised Explosive Device (IED) is said to have been planted by suspected al-Shabaab militants.


IED blast injures four in Peshwar
May 8, 2017
An improvised explosive device (IED) targeted the vehicle carrying officials of Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) here on Monday injuring three cops and a passerby in outskirts of the city.


EOD among groups of static air show displays
May 8, 2017
The Wings Over Solano brought out more than just planes for people’s viewing pleasure. Plenty of booths and vehicles for were on display for visitors to learn more about the different jobs in the military.


423 casualties of anti-vehicle mines incidents reported in 2016
May 8, 2017
In 2016, there were 181 incidents related, or suspected to be related, to anti-vehicle mines (AVMs) in 22 states and territories. These incidents caused 423 casualties (195 dead and 228 injured) of which 46 per cent were civilians.

City of Hanover evacuated after three unexploded WWII bombs found
May 7, 2017
Two of the bombs were successfully diffused. The third will require specialised equipment before it can be made safe.

Roadside bomb damages Army armored personnel carrier (APC) in Maguindanao
May 7, 2017
Fanatical militants damaged an Army Simba armored personnel carrier in one of two roadside bombings in the province in a span of just 15 hours, a military spokesman said Sunday.


Explosive Detection Systems Order for New Istanbul Airport
May 5, 2017
The management team from the New Istanbul Airport has ordered 24 MV3D Hold Baggage Explosives Detection Systems (EDS) from L3 Security & Detection Systems.


Dismantle bombs — or die trying. The life of a bomb defuser in Iraq
May 5, 2017
It is only days before he is due to return home on leave, and commanders have sent him behind enemy lines for one last mission


Improvised Explosive Device Found in Macedonian Parliament
May 3, 2017
An improvised explosive device was found in the parliament of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and defused by police, local media reported.


Russia testing airport explosive detection system
May 3, 2017
Russian scientists and the Federal Security Service have developed a remote control device for detecting explosives at airports and other public places


Suicide attack on NATO convoy in Kabul kills eight civilians
May 3, 2017
Islamic State claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Wednesday that killed eight civilians in an attack on a convoy of NATO armored personnel vehicles.


IS suicide attack on Syrian refugee camp leaves at least 32 dead
May 2, 2017
At least 32 people have been killed by Islamic State militants who attacked a refugee camp in northeast Syria near the border with Iraq.

Iran Unveils Minefield Simulato
May 2, 2017
Iran’s defense minister on Tuesday unveiled a homegrown system that simulates conditions in a minefield, used for training demining teams.


Police accused of jamming air traffic control radio with anti-explosive van during Indonesian president’s visit
May 2, 2017
The police have been accused of jamming airport traffic control radio channels during the Indonesian president’s visit to Hong Kong.


GMSN Robert Burr and T/SGT James Eberle to be honored at 48th Annual Memorial Ceremony
May 1, 2017
Gunners Mate Robert Paul Burr graduated from Navy Bomb Disposal Class #1-B. GMSN Burr was assigned to the escort carrier USS Guadalcanal (CVE-60).


Indian Forces Get Sophisticated Indigenous Equipment
May 1, 2017
Providing a major boost to security agencies, Indian-made detection equipment has been handed over to key Indian security agencies.