News – October 2017


  • ISDEF 2017 – Post Show Review

    October 24, 2017

    The 8th edition of ISDEF took place on June 6-8, 2017, and successfully solidified the shows reputation as the largest defense and security event in Israel. As in previous years, the focus of the exhibition was on interoperability and the diverse use of products by end users for various purposes. The expo was opened by a ...

  • Nigeria: 16 Killed,18 Wounded In Maiduguri Suicide Bomb Attacks

    October 23, 2017

    The Police Command in Borno on Monday said 16 persons were killed and 18 others sustained injuries in multiple suicide bomb attacks at Muna area of Maiduguri. The Police Commissioner, Damian Chukwu, confirmed the incident in a text message sent to reporters in Maiduguri. Chukwu said that the incident occurred when a male suicide bomber detonated an ...

  • 16 killed in Nigerian suicide bomb attacks

    October 23, 2017

    ABUJA – Multiple bomb explosions have hit Maiduguri, the Borno state capital killing 16 people while 18 others sustained injuries. The latest suicide bombing is coming four months after the last incident which killed 17 persons. In what appears to be a coordinated attack, Borno state Police Commissioner, Damian Chukwu, confirmed a male suicide bomber detonated an explosive device in ...

  • Fear of Islamic State suicide attacks lingers in Raqqa – Sky News report

    October 22, 2017

    There is a “distinctly unnerving” silence in the centre of the recently-liberated city of Raqqa, according to Sky’s Stuart Ramsay. He was the first British broadcast journalist to enter the Syrian city since Islamic State’s reign of terror was brought to an end. In his latest report, Ramsay speaks to Syrian commanders who say there is ...

  • CLB-5 trains to conduct IED sweeps, evacuate casualties

    October 21, 2017

    Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 5, which is based out of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., conducted training at Range 114 as part of Integrated Training Exercise 1-18, aboard the installation, Oct. 21, 2017. Each ITX is a 29-day evolution comprised of intense training cycles, which involve multiple live-fire exercises that assess the ability and ...

  • Pentagon Report: IED Casualties Surge in Afghanistan

    October 20, 2017

    Improvised explosive devices have plagued the U.S. military and its allies since the earliest days of the fight against terrorism, leading the Pentagon at one point to declare a “Manhattan Project” to battle the homemade bombs. Now, 16 years later, the number of IED deaths and injuries is falling overall among countries under U.S. Central ...

  • Civilians Should Not Return to Raqqa, US-Backed Forces Say

    October 19, 2017

    U.S.-backed forces fighting ISIS in Raqqa said civilians should not return to the embattled city before it is cleared of landmines and sleeper cells, Agence France-Presse reported on Thursday. The statement by Kurdish internal security forces in Raqqa was released as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) combed the city for explosives and remnants of the militant ...

  • The good dog who is bad at sniffing out bombs

    October 19, 2017

    This is Lulu, the Labrador who joined the CIA as one of their newest recruits. Her mission: to sniff out explosives. But weeks into her training programme Lulu just wasn’t making the grade. A life at the United States Central Intelligence Agency, it seems, was not for her. So she had to be dropped from the puppy ...

  • UN delivering coordinated humanitarian response in wake of Mogadishu bombings

    October 19, 2017

    The United Nations family of agencies and programmes is continuing to roll out its response in support of the recovery and clean-up effort in Mogadishu following Saturday’s massive car bomb blast, which killed some 300 people, injured hundreds more, and is being called Somalia’s worst-ever such attack. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Office of the ...

  • Army seeks next-gen targeted EW attack technology for drones

    October 19, 2017

    The Army is looking for a near-term Multi-Function Electronic Warfare (MFEW) technology able to effectively launch offensive drone EW attacks more precisely than current technology allows. A recently released Request For Information (RFI) from the Army’s Program Executive Office Intelligence Electronic Warfare & Sensors (PEO IEW&S) asks industry for information about “sufficiently mature” MFEW critical technology ...

  • Malta’s explosive history: 19 bomb attacks since 2010

    October 19, 2017

    Malta has experienced 19 bomb attacks since 2010, with five people targeted in the last 11 months. Several of these cases are still unsolved, with many cases linked to diesel smuggling, drug trafficking and usury. This week, Malta has been left in shock after the news of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder. A bomb was detonated ...

  • Afghan army base destroyed by Taliban suicide bombers

    October 19, 2017

    At least 43 Afghan soldiers have been killed after two suicide bombers in Humvee trucks targeted a military base in the southern province of Kandahar. Nine others were wounded and six were missing, the defence ministry said. Ten militants were also said to have died. The attack, which happened in the Chashmo area of Maiwand district, is ...

  • ‘Mafia’ blows doors off police station in Helsingborg

    October 18, 2017

    An organised crime group is believed to be behind an explosion that blew the doors off a police station in Sweden. The blast, in the early hours of Wednesday, caused severe damage to the main police offices in Helsingborg and houses opposite. Images showed glass scattered across a wide area, doors missing and the roof above the ...

  • Bomb disposal unit defuse ‘improvised explosive device’ in Limerick

    October 18, 2017

    Gardai and the Army bomb disposal unit were called out to deal with an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in west Limerick earlier today. Members of the Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) team from Collins Barracks were called to the scene at Rathkeale, located 30 km southwest of Limerick city, at around 9am to inspect and deal with the device, ...

  • New Organisation Aims To Strengthen Global Border Security

    October 18, 2017

    London, UK: – A former UK Border Force head is behind a new organisation that aims to strengthen border management globally. The International Border Management and Technologies Association (IBMATA) is the brainchild of Tony Smith, who also led the UK government’s border security programme for London 2012 which saw three million athletes, coaches, spectators and officials processed at the ...

  • Mechem making a mark with demining in Turkey

    October 18, 2017

    Mechem demining teams lifted more than 23 000 landmines over an eight-month period on Turkey’s eastern border – a task regarded as one of the most significant achievements yet in the field of humanitarian demining. Each of the potentially deadly devices was detected and removed by hand at a rate of more than 200 a day. ...

  • Malaysia: Cops link suspected beer fest attack plotter to Puchong bombing gang

    October 17, 2017

    One of three men suspected of planning an attack on the cancelled Better Beer Festival in Kuala Lumpur is linked to a gang behind last year’s Islamic State (IS) strike on the Movida nightclub in Puchong, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun said today. Fuzi earlier today confirmed that three men were arrested for ...

  • International counter explosive threat exercise hosted by Canadian Army

    October 16, 2017

    Exercise ARDENT DEFENDER 2017 provides an opportunity for explosive ordnance disposal and improvised explosive device teams to run through scenarios that enable them to practice neutralizing and safely disposing of explosive devices and countering the threat networks that employ them, according to an Army news release. More details from the Canadian Army: More than 200 Canadian Armed Forces ...

  • Afghan soldiers defuse 51 improvised bombs within day: gov’t

    October 16, 2017

    The Afghan army found and defused 51 rounds of landmines and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) within a day, Defense Ministry said on Monday. “The Afghan National Army (ANA) engineering teams found and neutralized 51 rounds of landmines, roadside bombs and IEDs in different provinces within the past 24 hours,” the ministry said in a statement. Taliban militants ...

  • Multinational Mine Warfare Exercise Begins Off Coast of South Korea

    October 16, 2017

    Maritime forces from the United States and Republic of Korea (ROK), together with personnel from United Nations Command (UNC) Sending State nations, commenced Multinational Mine Warfare Exercise (MN MIWEX) in waters off of the eastern coast of the Republic of Korea, Oct. 15. USS Chief (MCM 14) departed Busan after a short visit to join ROK ...