News – September 2017


  • NATO’s Dual Focus for Military Engineering Capabilities

    September 19, 2017

    The current counter-insurgency and terrorism threat, coupled with a traditional enemy in Europe, has created a dual focus for NATO member and partner nations when considering military engineering capabilities. The Combat Engineer meeting, which will take place in Nuremberg, Germany, this November, will provide the platform for military and industry to develop military engineering capabilities which meet the ...

  • US faces WWII-scale explosives cleanup in Iraq after Islamic State fight

    September 19, 2017

    Iraq’s fight to defeat the Islamic State won’t end with the military defeat of the group. As the US-backed Iraqi Security Forces liberated Mosul and Tal Afar this summer, retreating fighters continued to leave behind scores of complex improvised explosive devices (IEDs), deliberately hidden in populated areas to kill and injure civilians. US officials tell Al-Monitor that American support for the Herculean ...

  • Build your own bomb: How Amazon’s algorithm helps suggest explosive recipes

    September 18, 2017

    Amazon is linking potential bomb-making components under the “frequently bought together” tab, guiding its users to all the ingredients required to make an incendiary device. The simple products are widely available in shops too, but Amazon’s algorithm recommends product combinations. As reported by Channel 4 News, the online retail platform’s algorithm pairs items that customers tend to ...

  • Pakistani Taliban says behind deadly blast in tribal region

    September 17, 2017

    The militant Pakistani Taliban group said it carried out an attack on Sunday that killed five people in the tribal areas bordering Afghanistan. Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Mohammad Khurassani said the militants planted an improvised explosive device “to target security personnel” in the Bajaur Agency area that is part of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). The ...

  • Explosion that was heard across Manchester was caused by a nail bomb

    September 16, 2017

    A bomb which exploded outside a café was packed with nails and screws. It was left under the shutters of The Lounge in Pendleton, Salford, earlier this week. It damaged the shutters, canopy, windows and pavement outside the cafe. The bang was heard across Greater Manchester at around 12.30am on Tuesday. Police said the nature of the device is still the ...

  • Scotland Yard say they’re ‘chasing down suspects’ after public send them dozens of photos of the ‘crude’ bucket bomb

    September 15, 2017

    Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley has said ‘hundreds’ of officers are currently ‘trawling through CCTV’ in a desperate bid to close in on the ‘suspects’ involved in the Parsons Green bomb. Rowley said Met Police had embarked on a complex investigation and while the device had now been safely defused, his officers were also starting to examine ...

  • Police investigate ‘blast’ on London Tube at Parsons Green

    September 15, 2017

    Police are investigating an incident on a London Underground train, amid reports of an explosion. The blast left a number of passengers with facial burns, it has been reported. Scotland Yard said it was aware of the incident at Parsons Green station and officers were in attendance. Firefighters from a number of stations, including Wandsworth, Chelsea and Hammersmith, ...

  • 3 arrested over suspected terror links in Malaysia

    September 14, 2017

    Malaysia’s police have arrested three people suspected of being involved in activities related to the Islamic State (IS) terror group. This included a man who was said to have received instructions from Mahmud Ahmad, now Malaysia’s most wanted terrorist, and from a Saudi Arabian bomb-making expert on how to make a large-scale improvised explosive device (IED). The ...

  • Defence Secretary announces £55m contract for UK bomb disposal robots at DSEI

    September 13, 2017

    Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has announced a contract worth up to £55 million for 56 innovative bomb disposal robots at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) Exhibition in London this morning. Following an initial £4 million demonstration phase, the robots will be purchased from US robotics manufacturer Harris under the MOD’s Project Starter for use ...

  • Bomb squad searches property in Derbyshire street

    September 13, 2017

    Police officers were spotted in Godfrey Drive, Kirk Hallam – and a man has been arrested A bomb disposal team has been helping police search a house in Kirk Hallam. Officers were spotted outside a property, in Godfrey Drive. Police said a 44-year-old man has been arrested. A Derbyshire police spokeswoman said: “There is nothing to suggest the safety of the ...

  • Exercise Wildjack Fire: Where Bomb Disposal Experts Hone Their Skills

    September 13, 2017

    Exercise Wildjack Fire is as much about specialist skills, as it is about a return to basics. In rural Norfolk on the Stanta Training Area, soldiers from 33 Engineer Regiment EOD are honing their skills across a number of scenarios. The situations they face are widespread and challenging from roadside bombs to a suspicious bag that has been thrown into a lake. It is ...

  • UNMAS Afghanistan and DMAC Strongly Condemn Brutal Murder of an Afghan Deminer in Nangarhar

    September 12, 2017

    The Afghanistan Directorate for Mine Action Coordination (DMAC) and the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) in Afghanistan condemn in the strongest terms the killing of an Afghan deminer by Anti Government Elements, reportedly affiliated to Daesh/Islamic State Khorasan province, in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Nangarhar. On the evening of 9 September, in Aghro village, Chaparhar ...

  • IS attack on Sinai convoy ‘kills 18 Egyptian police’

    September 11, 2017

    At least 18 policemen have been killed in an attack on a convoy in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula claimed by so-called Islamic State, security sources say. Militants detonated a roadside bomb near the town of el-Arish, reportedly destroying three armoured vehicles and a fourth with signal-jamming equipment. They then opened fire with machine guns at survivors of the ...

  • Suicide bomber attacks NATO convoy in Afghanistan, some wounded

    September 11, 2017

    A suicide bomber in an explosives-packed vehicle attacked a NATO convoy in Afghanistan on Monday, wounding “a small number” of foreign troops and at least three civilians, officials said. The soldiers were taken to the nearby Bagram Air Field and none of their injuries appeared life-threatening, NATO’s headquarters in Kabul said. At least three civilians were hurt, ...

  • Pro-Chechen fighter killed in car blast in Kyiv, Ukraine

    September 9, 2017

    On 8 September at 18:08 a car blast rocked the area of Bessarabska Ploshcha in the center of Kyiv. Preliminarily, an unidentified explosive device was planted in the Black Toyota Camry with a Georgian registration plate. The spokesman for the Ministry of Internal Affairs Artem Shevchenko has reported that Timur Makhauri, a national of Georgia, died in the accident. Two more passengers ...

  • Drones Delivering Dirty Bombs Could Be the Next Terror Threat

    September 9, 2017

    Daesh terrorists have attached improvised explosive devices to commercially available drones in the past to conduct terror strikes, but the next threat may entail dropping dirty bombs from cheap unmanned aerial vehicles, a senior German intelligence official said this week. Globally available drones that can carry a camera can also “drop some dirty explosive devices,” Friedrich ...

  • Fluorescent polymer detects traces of explosive devices

    September 8, 2017

    Bomb plots could be thwarted with the help of a portable system for detecting traces of high explosives using fluorescent polymer nanoparticles, developed by A*STAR. Coated on to paper, these polymers display an explosive-detection performance far more robust than previous materials with similar properties. Many methods have been developed to detect traces of high explosives such ...

  • The ruins of Mosul have exposed the future of high-tech warfare

    September 8, 2017

    Cheap Chinese-made sensors. Mad Max-style vehicle mods. Consumer drones turned into mortar-dropping weapons. The fight against Daesh is showing the high-tech, higher stakes future of urban war. Lieutenant Ahmed Abbas Ali burns his finger as he lights the fuse on his chunk of C-4 plastic explosive. A momentary flash of pain pushes aside all thoughts of ...

  • French police find more explosives after raid near Paris

    September 7, 2017

    French police unearthed a second stash of explosive materials near Paris on Thursday after a similar find in a nearby suburb on Wednesday, a justice official said as three suspects were questioned by anti-terrorism investigators. Thursday’s swoop was carried out at a garage rented by one of the three detained in the wake of Wednesday’s raid ...

  • OSCE’s Ukraine monitors were not target of deadly blast, inquiry finds

    September 7, 2017

    A vehicle belonging to an international monitoring mission in eastern Ukraine that struck a landmine in April, killing a U.S. paramedic on board, was not the mine’s intended target, an independent investigation has found. The death was the first suffered by the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission while on patrol ...