News – October 2017


  • Maltese journalist who led Panama Papers investigation killed in car bomb

    October 16, 2017

    Malta’s prime minister has appealed for national unity following the murder of a campaigning journalist who had accused his government of corruption. Daphne Caruana Galizia, 53, achieved fame and notoriety for investigative reporting laced with scathing commentary about allegedly corrupt officials and businessmen. She was killed on Monday when a powerful bomb blew up her car. Police said the bomb ...

  • Autumn 2017 edition of the Counter-IED Report magazine is now available to read online and in print

    October 16, 2017

    Articles, in-depth analysis and insights from NATO HQ SACT, C-IED Centre of Excellence, Asia Pacific Counter IED Fusion Center (APCFC), United States Africa Command, C-IED cell chief for Headquarters Joint Force Command Brunssum, Norwegian People’s Aid and many more. To view contents please visit the following link: Counter-IED Report Autumn 2017 contents pages or subscribe here. We would ...

  • Somalia: At least 230 dead in Mogadishu blast

    October 15, 2017

    A massive bomb attack in a busy area of the Somali capital Mogadishu on Saturday is now known to have killed at least 230 people, police say. Hundreds more were wounded when a lorry packed with explosives detonated near the entrance of a hotel. It is the deadliest terror attack in Somalia since the Islamist al-Shabab group ...

  • Over 2.9 million square meters of land cleared from landmines in Angola’s Cuanza Norte region

    October 15, 2017

    More than 2.9 million square meters of land were cleared from landmines in Angola’ s northern Cuanza Norte province, from 2005 to 2017, head of mine clearance operations at the National Demining Institute (INAD), Chitavi Linen said here Saturday. In the same period, nine anti-tank mines, ninety-nine anti-personnel and over 29 thousand different unexploded ordnance were ...

  • Russian security services bust ISIS cell preparing ‘high-profile’ attacks

    October 14, 2017

    The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) has uncovered a ‘sleeper cell’ linked to Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) that was active both in Moscow and the North Caucasus region, the Russian National Antiterrorist Committee said. Four members of the cell were detained. In Makhachkala, the capital of Russia’s southern Republic of Dagestan, security forces also discovered two extremist ...

  • Portsmouth navy divers save ship packed 1,000 tonnes of fuel after anchor spears torpedo

    October 13, 2017

    In a freak accident the merchant vessel’s anchor speared a test torpedo The ship was laden with about 1,000 tonnes of fuel Elite navy divers from Portsmouth evacuate most of ship’s crew while they went about destroying the explosive Royal Navy bomb disposal experts kept a cool head as they blew up a test torpedo which ...

  • Lethal roadside bomb that killed scores of U.S. troops reappears in Iraq

    October 12, 2017

    A roadside bomb that killed an American soldier in Iraq this month was of a particularly lethal design not seen in six years, and its reappearance on the battlefield suggests that U.S. troops could again be facing a threat that bedeviled them at the height of the insurgency here, U.S. military officials said. The device was of a ...

  • EU steps up its assistance for the stabilisation of Iraq

    October 12, 2017

    The European Commission has today adopted a €60.4 million stabilisation package to support Iraq after the liberation of areas held by Da’esh, with the country still facing humanitarian, security, stabilisation and reconciliation challenges. This new funding comes in addition to EU humanitarian aid in the country and other forms of financial assistance that now total €608.4 ...

  • Tougher penalties for suspects even ‘slightly involved’ in terrorism plots

    October 12, 2017

    New, tougher sentences have been proposed to deal with “less sophisticated” yet “equally dangerous” terror plots. The Sentencing Council, which draws up penalty guidelines for England and Wales, issued the first draft of sentences for terrorism-related offences ever handed to a court. In view of the heightened terrorist threat in the UK, stricter punishments may now apply ...

  • When Big Data went to war — and lost

    October 12, 2017

    On October 1, 2017, a roadside bomb northwest of Baghdad killed Spc. Alexander W. Missildine. The 20-year-old was the latest American soldier to die in a war that had lasted, in some form or another, since he was in kindergarten. And as much as the Iraq War had changed over the past 14 years, the ...

  • Accused Chelsea bomber’s fingerprints are all over explosives: expert

    October 10, 2017

    A whopping 44 out of 50 fingerprints found on explosive devices and other evidence from last year’s bombings in NY and NJ are linked to Ahmad Rahimi, an FBI fingerprint expert told a Manhattan federal jury Tuesday. FBI forensic analyst D.J. Fife said he found Rahimi’s finger prints on cell phones, parts of pressure-cooker bombs and ...

  • 7 militants blown up by own bomb in Laghman

    October 10, 2017

    At least seven Taliban insurgents have been killed and nine others injured by their own bomb in Alingar district of eastern Nangarhar province, an official said on Tuesday. Sarhadi Zwak, the governor’s spokesman told Pajhwok Afghan News that the incident happened when explosives inside the militants’ car went off in Elga Gul area of the district on Monday ...

  • Navy’s COBRA Mine Detection System Achieves Initial Operational Capability

    October 10, 2017

    The U.S. Navy AN/DVS-1 Coastal Battlefield Reconnaissance and Analysis (COBRA) system airborne mine detection system achieved initial operational capability, program, announced Oct. 10. Known as COBRA, the system detects and localizes minefields and obstacles when flown over a beach zone area which can be integrated with the U.S. Navy’s MQ-8 Fire Scout unmanned air system. The ...

  • Department of Justice: ISIS Sympathizer Arrested in Cranford, Plotting the “Next 9/11” with Two Accomplices

    October 8, 2017

    The Department of Justice released details of a thwarted terror plot to attack New York City during the summer of 2016 on Friday. Three men, who were arrested in 2016 and 2017, planned to detonate bombs in Times Square and the New York City subway system and shoot civilians at concert venues in support of ISIS, ...

  • Pakistani forces foil major terrorist plot

    October 7, 2017

    Pakistani security forces have foiled a major terrorism plot in southwestern Balochistan province, a statement from the army said on Saturday. The paramilitary force Frontier Corps seized 1, 300 kilograms of explosives during an intelligence-based operation conducted in Grandani, Kohlu and Naseerabad areas of Balochistan, which was being planned to be used for terrorist activities in ...

  • Philippines: IED blast leaves 6 soldiers, 1 civilian hurt in Iloilo

    October 7, 2017

    Six soldiers and a civilian were wounded when an alleged improvised explosive device blew up in Janiuay town, Iloilo, on Friday. Members of the 601st Brigade of the Philippine Army and a 64-year-old civilian were struck by shrapnel. The military said suspected members of the New People’s Army (NPA) were responsible for planting the explosive near the ...

  • Man Tries To Board Airplane In Sweden With ‘Mother Of Satan’ Explosives

    October 6, 2017

    A man was arrested Thursday night for allegedly attempting to bring several bags of TATP explosives onto a plane departing from Landvetter airport in Sweden. TATP, also known as the “Mother of Satan,” has been used in several terror attacks across Europe in recent years. The suspect was charged with attempting public destruction. “We have seized his ...

  • Imperial team develops devices to detect nuclear materials used in dirty bombs

    October 6, 2017

    Imperial physicists Dr Antonin Vacheret and Dr Sakari Ihantola have developed two devices for detecting nuclear materials. The devices, currently being commercialised, are designed to make border security checks more effective, and also have application in environmental assessments. Radiological material falling into the wrong hands is a constant security concern for governments around the world. Border agencies ...

  • Secretary General participates in Hybrid Centre of Excellence inauguration with Finnish leaders and EU High Representative

    October 6, 2017

    NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, together with European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Ms Federica Mogherini, was in Helsinki, Finland on 2 October 2017 to attend the inauguration of the Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats. They were attending as guests of Finland’s President Sauli Niinisto and Prime ...

  • The dramatic moment 120 grenades are blown up in a Sevenoaks garden

    October 5, 2017

    Fire crews and bomb disposal experts carried out a controlled explosion in Sevenoaks earlier today (October 5). Residents close to the property on Woodside Road were advised to keep all windows and doors closed as a precaution. Kent Fire and Rescue said that there had been a discovery “of around 120 Second World War phosphorous grenades in ...