News – November 2017


  • Land mines in Ukraine’s east put it among world’s most dangerous areas for civilians

    November 18, 2017

     In an overgrown minefield, Yulia Boiko kneels down and starts gardening. Years of war have caused weeds to grow high in the abandoned croplands of eastern Ukraine. Clad in flak jacket and face mask, she uses shears to snip back sun-scorched scrub, removing vegetation one careful inch at a time to avoid hidden tripwires. A small ...

  • Military dog awarded ‘animal Victoria Cross’ for sniffing out bombs under fire

    November 17, 2017

    A courageous canine has been honoured for his bravery during a military operation in Afghanistan and awarded the prestigious PDSA Dickin Medal – the “animal Victoria cross”. Mali, a Belgian Malinois attached to the Royal Army Veterinary Corps (RAVC), was presented with the accolade in London following the operation in 2012. The eight-year-old dog, trained to sniff ...

  • Royal Navy deployed to 500lb German WWII bomb near major gas pipeline in the North Sea

    November 17, 2017

    A 500lb wartime bomb has been destroyed after being dropped “dangerously close” to a major gas pipeline by a fishing boat that had dredged it up from the seabed. The explosive, dropped by German bombers during the Second World War, was hauled out of the water by a Dutch trawlerman after it got caught in his ...

  • Canadian soldiers training Iraqi troops on IED threats

    November 17, 2017

    Canadian troops in Iraq have begun training the Iraq army on the threat of improvised explosive devices, and have updated their Royal Canadian Air Force contributions to Operation Impact. Approximately 20 Canadian army engineers from CFB Petawawa have been deployed to Besmaya, Iraq, to deliver explosive threat training to the Iraqi security forces. The Canadian Armed Forces ...

  • 3D scanners can ‘digitally unpack’ carry-ons and transform airport checkpoints with better, faster security

    November 16, 2017

    Technology used in the medical field for years may soon revolutionize screening of carry-on bags at airports — bolstering security while dramatically cutting bottlenecks at checkpoints — with an expansion of testing planned for New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport early next year. Computed-tomography (CT) machines being tested at airports in Phoenix and Boston allow Transportation Security Administration ...

  • Nigeria: Four suicide bombers kill 18 in Maiduguri

    November 16, 2017

    At least 18 people have been killed and 29 others wounded in northeast Nigeria after four suicide bombers carried out separate attacks, state police said. The first explosion on Wednesday evening took place at a prayer ground in the Muna Gari suburb of the regional capital, Maiduguri. Other attacks followed in the same neighbourhood. Read more… Source: Al Jazeera.  

  • Suicide Bomber in Kabul Kills at Least 8 Afghan Officers

    November 16, 2017

    At least eight police officers, including a commander, and three civilians were killed when a suicide bomber tried to enter a wedding hall in central Kabul on Thursday, Afghan officials said. Police officers spotted the bomber at the gate of the compound, said a police spokesman, Basir Mujahed. The commander, Lt. Sayed Basam Pacha, threw his ...

  • Army Bomb Disposal team make safe ‘complex’ explosive device in Carlow

    November 16, 2017

    The Army Bomb Disposal Team have made safe what they describe as a “complex viable improvised explosive device” in Carlow this evening. According to the Defence Forces, they received a request from the gardai to attend a scene in Carlow this evening at 5pm.  Read more… Source: Independent.ie  

  • ICAO Council endorses new Global Aviation Security Plan

    November 15, 2017

    The ICAO Council took an historic step in endorsing the very first Global Aviation Security Plan to improve international coordination, response, and planning to counter threats to civil aviation passengers, cargo, aircraft and facilities. “This new strategic document will assist ICAO Member States in their aviation security coordination with other States and applicable security agencies, as ...

  • Yemen suicide bomb: Car packed with explosives kills at least six in city of Aden

    November 14, 2017

    Two suicide bombers detonated a car packed with explosives in Yemen’s southern city of Aden on Tuesday, killing at least six people, witnesses said. Dozens of other people, including civilians, were wounded in the attack, which occurred outside a camp used by a local security force organised by the Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen’s Houthi rebels. Witnesses described a huge explosion that shook the al-Mansoura ...

  • Somalia: Suicide Car Bomb Hits AMISOM Convoy Near Mogadishu

    November 14, 2017

    At least one person was confirmed dead, and several wounded after a car bomb blast struck a military convoy transporting African Union forces near Mogadishu, the Somali capital. A witness said a Toyota Noah packed with explosives was detonated at AMISOM armored vehicles while passing through Garasabaley village, on Mogadishu-Afgoye road. Read more… Source: AllAfrica  

  • EU nations sign up for new era of deeper defense cooperation

    November 13, 2017

    European Union countries on Monday officially launched a new era in defense cooperation with a program of joint military investment and project development aimed at helping the EU confront its security challenges. Twenty-three of the EU’s 28 member nations signed up to the process, known as permanent structured cooperation, or PESCO. Britain, which is leaving the EU in 2019, and ...

  • DHS S&T Awards $6.8 Million for Five R&D Projects to Improve X-Ray Detection Technology

    November 13, 2017

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has awarded funding to four research and development (R&D) projects that will improve the threat detection capabilities of current X-ray technologies for passenger X-ray baggage systems. These projects will be managed by the DHS S&T Checked Baggage Program, part of the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency Explosives Division ...

  • Viable pipe bomb device found near war memorial in Northern Ireland

    November 12, 2017

    A viable pipe bomb was found close to a war memorial in Omagh, police in Northern Ireland have confirmed. The discovery of the “small but potentially dangerous device” was made before a Remembrance Day parade took place. The march was diverted and the traditional wreath-laying ceremony at the County Tyrone town’s cenotaph was postponed as the area was ...

  • Germany allocates EUR 200,000 to HALO Trust for mine clearance in Balakliya

    November 10, 2017

    The German Federal Government allocates EUR 200,000 to the HALO Trust non-governmental mine clearance organization for the demining of the territory following explosions of ammunition in Balakliya (Kharkiv region) in March this year. “The Federal Government promotes the clearance of the accident site in Balakliya from unexploded ordnance. It supports the world’s largest mine clearance organization, ...

  • Suspicious item found near the Phuket International Airport

    November 10, 2017

    A suspicious item, that looked like a M67 grenade, was found at a taxi queue next to the Phuket International Airport last night (November 9). The object was in a perfect shape with the bolt wrapped in blue tape. The team covered the item using old tyres and cordoned off the scene from the public. Phuket International ...

  • Tajikistan, OSCE agree to establish Regional Explosive Hazards Training Centre

    November 10, 2017

    Tajikistan’s Minister of Defence, Lieutenant General Sherali Mirzo and Ambassador Tuula Yrjölä, Head of the OSCE Programme Office in Dushanbe, inked an agreement to establish a Regional Explosive Hazards Training Centre in Dushanbe Nov.9, the OSCE reported. The establishment of the Centre is foreseen under the Memorandum of Understanding on the OSCE extra-budgetary project “Integrated Co-operation ...

  • Indian-Origin Teen Tries To Buy Car Bomb In UK From ‘Dark Web’, Convicted

    November 10, 2017

    London: An Indian-origin teenager in the UK has been convicted of trying to buy explosives online with intent to endanger life or cause serious injury. Gurtej Singh Randhawa, 19, was arrested in May after undercover officers from UK’s National Crime Agency or NCA replaced a car bomb ordered online with a harmless dummy device before it ...

  • Two bombs explode at school in Cannes, France – students evacuated

    November 10, 2017

    Two bombs exploded at a school in Cannes, France, this afternoon, sparking panicked evacuations. The explosion occurred at Bristol High School in the city, located in the south of France, at around 3pm local time (2pm GMT). Police found plastic bottles and reported acidic smells on the second floor of the building. They said it was the result ...

  • Afghan officials: Suicide car bomb kills policeman in south

    November 10, 2017

    Afghan officials say a suicide car bombing in the southern Helmand province has targeted a police compound, killing one policeman and wounding two. Omar Zwak, spokesman for the provincial governor, says the attack targeted a border police compound in Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital, on Friday. Abdul Ghafar Safi, the Helmand chief of police, says there was ...