News – October 2018


  • Several feared dead, wounded in a suicide attack near a prison in Kabul

    October 31, 2018

    Several people were killed or wounded in a suicide attack near Pul Charkhi prison in capital Kabul earlier today. The security officials confirm that a vehicle carrying the employees of the prison was targeted by a suicide bomber. According to the officials, at least four people were killed and five others sustained injuries in the attack. Read more… Source: ...

  • Arkhangelsk FSB blast: 17-year-old carried bomb to agency’s premises, killed in explosion

    October 31, 2018

    A teenager brought an explosive device to the Federal Security Service’s (FSB) Directorate for the Arkhangelsk Region and was killed in the explosion, the Russian Investigative Committee reported. The explosion occurred at 08:52 Moscow time near an entrance to the FSB directorate. “According to preliminary information, a 17-year-old local was killed, who had brought a home-made ...

  • Myanmar: Civilians bear brunt of landmine explosions in Shan State

    October 30, 2018

    Civilians in northern Shan State are bearing the brunt of clashes that have been going on since 2011 between the military and armed ethnic groups, including the Kachin Independence Army (KIA). Landmines and other explosives have killed or injured civilians. During the past three months, at least nine people have been the victims of mines in northern ...

  • Ex-soldier Christopher Harris ‘died triggering mine’

    October 30, 2018

    A former British solder died when he triggered a ball bearing-packed mine in Syria, an inquest heard. Christopher Harris, 41, died in the blast at a warehouse near Raqqah The ex-Royal Engineer, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, was working for US contractor Tetra Tech to clear mines, when he died in October 2017. Mr Harris, of Exmouth, ...

  • Chemical terrorism: developing a global security network

    October 29, 2018

    International experts working to counter the threat of chemical and explosive terrorism are gathering to develop a comprehensive network to improve global chemical safety and security. With increasingly sophisticated methods and technologies used to carry out devastating atrocities, this first Global Congress on Chemical Security and Emerging Threats convenes a new community working to counter chemical ...

  • Female suicide bomber wounds 9 in Tunisia’s capital

    October 29, 2018

    A female suicide bomber wounded nine people, mostly police officers, on a busy avenue in Tunisia’s capital on Monday afternoon, authorities said. The 30-year-old woman set off the blast in Tunis just before 2 p.m. on Habib Bourguiba avenue, according to Interior Ministry spokesman Sofiene Zaag, quoted by the TAP news agency. The Interior Ministry said in ...

  • Defusing terror: Bomb squad to get more teeth

    October 29, 2018

    Delhi Police is adding more teeth to its bomb disposal squads as a part of its anti-terror measures. Bids have been invited to procure sophisticated gear, like advanced explosive ordnance disposal suits, contactless stethoscopes and telescopic manipulators, which will help cops defuse improvised explosive devices (IED) with ease. The shopping list includes a remote-operated vehicle (ROV), bomb ...

  • IED blast injures two soldiers

    October 27, 2018

    Peshawar: – An Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast targeting the security forces in tribal district North Waziristan on Friday left at least two men in uniform seriously wounded. “At least two personnel of the security forces were injured in a remote controlled bomb blast in North Waziristan tribal district on Friday”. The officials said the vehicle ...

  • Cesar Sayoc: details of pipe bomb suspect’s past emerge before court date

    October 27, 2018

    The suspect in the sending of pipe bombs to two former presidents, several prominent Democratic politicians and other critics of Donald Trump is set for a first appearance in a Florida federal courtroom on Monday, as investigators continue to build a detailed picture of his troubled past. Cesar Sayoc, a fanatical Trump supporter with a lengthy list ...

  • DHS S&T, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Host Workshop for Airport Security

    October 26, 2018

    The Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have facilitated a workshop focusing on the future of airport security. Professionals in the aviation industry convened at the second annual Aviation Security Futures Workshop in Reston, Va., to address issues in various aspects of airport security as part of the Apex Screening at ...

  • Pipe Bombs Scare Raises New Concerns About Postal Screening, Mail Safety

    October 26, 2018

    While the Postal Service intercepted some of the packages in this week’s scare, the developments underscored the limitations of the screening technology in use. A spate of pipe bombs mailed to prominent Democrats around the country has raised fresh questions about the ability of the U.S. Postal Service and private delivery companies to intercept explosives and ...

  • Europol conference in Portugal on improvised explosive devices and radiological materials

    October 26, 2018

    CEPOL and Europol, supported by the Portuguese Guarda Nacional Republicana (GNR) organised a conference and training session attended by 75 CBRN and/or explosives experts of the European Explosive Ordnance Disposal Network (EEODN), which took place from 16th to 19th of October 2018, at the School of Guard, at Queluz, Portugal. Officers from 26 EU Member States ...

  • K-9 dog security training centre opens in Duhok

    October 26, 2018

    A centre for training K-9 security dogs has opened in Duhok. It comes due to increasing demand for canine security in Iraq. Being put through his paces – this Duhok dog undergoes vigorous training at a new K-9 centre in Iraq. The centre’s founders say they opened as a result of greater demand for security dogs throughout Iraq ...

  • U.S. airstrike leaves 3 ISIS IED planters dead in Nangarhar province

    October 25, 2018

    The U.S. forces in Afghanistan carried out an airstrike targeting a group of ISIS IED planters, leaving at least three of them dead. The 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan Military in the East in a statement said a group of three ISIS militants were busy planting an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Payin area of ...

  • Balloons carrying suspected incendiary device land in Jerusalem

    October 25, 2018

    Balloons carrying a suspected incendiary device were found in the Ramat Eshkol northern neighborhood of Jerusalem on Thursday, the Israel Police said. Police bomb disposal experts arrived at the scene and neutralized the suspicious package the balloons were carrying, police said in a statement. The bright pink balloons attached to the suspicious package were decorated with Arabic ...

  • Statement on the FBI’s Investigation of Suspicious Packages

    October 25, 2018

    Between October 22 and 24, 2018, suspicious packages were received at multiple locations in the New York and Washington, D.C., areas and Florida. The packages are being sent for analysis at the FBI Laboratory in Quantico, Virginia. “This investigation is of the highest priority for the FBI. We have committed the full strength of the FBI’s ...

  • Autumn 2018 edition of the Counter-IED Report magazine is now available to read online and in print

    October 25, 2018

    Articles, in-depth analysis and insights from C-IED Centre of Excellence, The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), Department of Homeland Security National Protection and Programs Directorate’s Office for Bombing Prevention, DynITEC GmbH, United States Africa Command, Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office, Armament Research Services (ARES) and many more. To view contents please visit the following link: Counter-IED ...

  • ‘Explosive device’ sent to Clintons and Obama – US media

    October 24, 2018

    A suspected explosive device was discovered at the New York home of Bill and Hillary Clinton on Wednesday, law enforcement officials tell US media. A suspicious package was also reportedly sent to the office of former President Barack Obama. It comes two days after a bomb was sent to the home of liberal philanthropist and financier George ...

  • How police use a ‘total containment vessel’ to haul away explosive devices

    October 24, 2018

    A little-known device used by police to haul away the explosive material called a “total containment vessel,” or TCV. The TCV is designed to absorb the blast from a bomb. It’s been described as “an inside-out diving vessel.” In 2016, after a pressure-cooker bomb went off in Manhattan, police gave reporters a tour of the high-tech device. “Instead of ...

  • Taliban IED expert’s wife, children killed by own bomb in Faryab

    October 24, 2018

    At least three family members of a Taliban group member was killed in an explosion triggered by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in northern Faryab province of Afghanistan. The 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan Military in the North in a statement said the incident took place inside the house of a famous Taliban IED expert ...