News – October 2018


  • 741st Ordnance Company (EOD) Team of the Year Competition

    October 12, 2018

    The sun edged over the horizon while teams from the 741st Ordnance Company (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) were busy responding to calls of improvised explosive devices, unexploded ordnance, and chemical hazards. They had been awake since midnight, rudely awoken to put on their bomb suits and start the day. It would be another 20 hours before ...

  • DASA new competition: Behavioural Analytics

    October 11, 2018

    The Defence and Security Accelerator is seeking proposals that can help UK Defence and Security to develop capability in ‘Behavioural Analytics’. This Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) competition is seeking proposals that can help UK Defence and Security to develop capability in ‘Behavioural Analytics’. We are looking for scientific and technological solutions that can provide context-specific ...

  • Sunderland terror suspect ‘had bomb-making manual on his phone’

    October 11, 2018

    An engineer accused of using his Facebook account to encourage terrorism had a bomb-making manual on his phone, jurors have heard. The shocking document found on Abdulrahman Alcharbati’s mobile contained advice for bomb makers which included handling their device “gently and softly”, like a “creature”, while it is being manufactured. It also warned against making any ...

  • Blast kills 3 soldiers in central Mali

    October 11, 2018

    Three Malian soldiers were killed in a restive central region overnight when their vehicle hit a landmine, sources said on Thursday. The blast happened on the road between Djoungani and Koro, near the frontier with Burkina Faso, a Malian military source said. “There were three fatalities and four other soldiers were wounded,” the source said, adding that ...

  • NI: Court shown footage of explosion that killed prison officer Adrian Ismay

    October 11, 2018

    The dramatic CCTV footage of a terrorist attempt to blow-up prison officer Adrian Ismay was played in court at the trial of a west Belfast man accused of murdering the 52-year-old father of three. The non-jury, Belfast Crown Court trial has already heard that the footage of the March 2016 explosion outside Mr Ismay’s Hillsborough Drive ...

  • Afghanistan: Children among 9 killed, wounded in separate IED explosions

    October 11, 2018

    At least nine civilians including children were killed or wounded in separate Improvised Explosive Device (IED) explosions in southeastern Ghazni and Paktika provinces. The 203rd Thunder Corps of the Afghan Military in the Southeast in a statement said at least three children lost their lives in an explosion triggered by an IED planted by the Taliban ...

  • FBI director says hundreds arrested in past year in terrorism cases

    October 10, 2018

    FBI Director Christopher A. Wray is testifying Wednesday before a Senate committee about security threats, where Democrats are likely to press him about the role White House officials played in the bureau’s investigation of sexual assault claims against Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh. Wray appeared alongside Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen at a hearing about ...

  • Demining squad of the International Mine Action Center of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation leaves for Laos to assist in mine clearance

    October 10, 2018

    In order to fulfil the decision of the President of the Russian Federation, the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, the 36-strong demining team of the International Mine Action Center of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation is about to leave for the Lao People’s Democratic Republic to assist in demining the territory of ...

  • Afghan Civilians Continue To Be Killed In Record High Numbers – UN Report

    October 10, 2018

    The figures released today by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) show continuing high casualty rates being inflicted on the Afghan civilian population, especially by anti-government elements. Covering the period 1 January to 30 September 2018, the new UN report documents 8,050 civilian casualties (2,798 dead and 5,252 injured), reflecting the same extreme levels ...

  • New Al Qaeda cell forms in Burkina Faso, as terror group cements foothold in Africa

    October 9, 2018

    While the exploits of ISIS may have splashed across more headlines in recent years, there is growing concern among U.S. officials that Al Qaeda (AQ) is the much more dangerous force in the Sahel region of Africa, where the group threatens American and other allied forces. AQ in September declared it had formed a “new cell” ...

  • Death Toll Rises To 8 In Lashkargah Explosion

    October 9, 2018

    Helmand officials have confirmed the death toll has risen to eight in the Lashkargah explosion inside an election campaign office in the city. Helmand governor’s media office said among those killed was the parliamentary election candidate, Saleh Mohammad Achakzai. The explosion took place in PD1 in the city. Eleven people were also wounded. According to the media office the ...

  • Abandoned puppies find new lease of life fighting terrorism as police dogs

    October 9, 2018

    Unwanted and abandoned puppies are being given a new lease of life – helping police in the fight against terrorism. Northumbria Police have been working closely with Dogs Trust to see if any of the puppies in the charity’s care could find a career as a K9. In the past year, the charity has donated three puppies ...

  • 5 Taliban militants killed while planting IED on a roadside in Farah

    October 9, 2018

    At least five Taliban militants were blown up by own explosives as they were placing an Improvised Explosive Device on a roadside in western Farah province of Afghanistan. The Ministry of Interior (MoI) in a statement said the incident has taken place in the vicinity of Posht Rod district. The statement further added that five Taliban militants, ...

  • Harris Corporation’s T7 Robot Achieves Major Milestone; Passes Qualification Testing for UK MOD EOD Program

    October 9, 2018

    Highlights: T7 completes rigorous qualification testing and is ready for U.K. MOD user testing Integrates new capabilities to advance the state-of-the-art in robotics for EOD missions Well positioned for global heavy EOD robot market, including U.S. Army CRS-H program (Harris Booth #7427 at AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition) — Harris Corporation’s (NYSE:HRS) T7 robot has passed a rigorous series of qualification tests, ...

  • Huge explosion at Ukraine ammunition dump leads to evacuation of thousands of people

    October 9, 2018

    A huge explosion and fires have hit an ammunition dump in Ukraine. Around 12,000 people were evacuated after a defence ministry ammo depot near the town of Ichnya, in the Chernigov region, blew up. There were two to three explosions a second, officials said. No casualties were reported. Ukraine’s state security service said it was investigating possible sabotage, and the defence ministry’s ...

  • FSB busts underground arms trafficking syndicate in northwestern Russia

    October 9, 2018

    Russia’s Federal Security Service, the FSB, has uncovered a clandestine gunrunning gang in St. Petersburg and Petrozavodsk, the capital of Russia’s northwestern Karelia Region, the FSB Public Relations Center informed TASS. “The Russian Federal Security Service has foiled the activities of an inter-regional syndicate involved in the manufacture and sale of improvised explosive devices (IEDs), firearms ...

  • Top U.S. commander in South Korea shows support for land mine removal in DMZ

    October 9, 2018

    The top U.S. commander in South Korea offered his “full support” for the inter-Korean removal of land mines from the no man’s land that bisects the peninsula. U.S. Army Gen. Vincent Brooks said Tuesday the demining operations will aid in efforts to recover the remains of troops killed during the 1950-53 Korean War as well as ...

  • Indra signs contract to supply a deployable forensic laboratory capability to Australia

    October 9, 2018

      It will facilitate the rapid collection, analysis and documentation of evidence from any Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Over 90% of the contract will be executed by Australian equipment manufacturers and distributors Indra operates from offices in Sydney and Newcastle focussed on the defence and transport technology sector. Navigation aid systems produced in Australia are exported worldwide. Sydney, October ...

  • ISIS booby-trapped hospitals, schools and kids’ playgrounds with explosives as they fled Iraq

    October 8, 2018

    Terror state killers have wired multiple graves of up to 4,000 dead men, women and children with devices in a bid to kill heart-broken relatives desperate to retrieve remains for proper burial. The gruesome tactic – now being uncovered across liberated ISIS territory – is being dealt with by UN de-mining forces funded by vital Dfid ...

  • Miniature IEDs seized from Maoists’ possession in Sukma

    October 7, 2018

    Sukma police calls it a major lead as there were large number of IEDs recovered later from several parts of the region, based on the statement given by those apprehended who pointed out spots of IEDs planted to harm security forces in upcoming elections. “It is for the first time that police recovered micro IEDs from their ...