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  • Deadly attack on Methodist church in Pakistan

    December 17, 2017

    A suicide bomb and gun attack on a Methodist church in Pakistan has killed at least five people, reports say. The attack happened in the city of Quetta, some 65km (40 miles) from the border with Afghanistan. More than a dozen people were also wounded after gunmen wearing explosive vests tried to enter the building. The two attackers ...

  • Russia’s FSB detains ISIS cell members planning attacks in St. Petersburg

    December 15, 2017

    The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) has detained seven people suspected of being members of a terrorist cell linked to Islamic State, the agency reported. A series of bombings was planned for Saturday, it said. The attacks were planned to involve “a suicide bomber blowing up inside a religious facility and the murder of civilians ...

  • War At Home: TSA Searching For Suicide Vests On Subways With New Technology Scanning Passengers’ Bodies

    December 14, 2017

    Metro passengers in Los Angeles will soon be screened with TSA technology that will help officials detect explosives like suicide vests, officials said Wednesday. The announcement comes just two days after a man detonated a pipe bomb in a New York City subway station in an attempted terror attack. A three-day test of the devices started ...

  • Casualties Surge From Land Mines and Improvised Explosives

    December 14, 2017

    Casualties from land mines and similar booby-trap explosives increased for the second consecutive year in 2016, to the highest level since a treaty banning such weapons of war took effect in 1999, a monitoring group said Thursday. The group, the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, attributed the increased casualties largely to armed conflicts in Afghanistan, Libya, Ukraine and ...

  • Deadly blast foiled in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar

    December 13, 2017

    The Afghan security forces on Wednesday thwarted a deadly explosion in eastern Nangarhar province after they defused an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) planted on a roadside in Dur Baba district. The provincial government media office said in a statement that the militants had planted an IED on a roadside Dur Baba district that was discovered before ...

  • New U.S. Government Report Showcases U.S. Global Leadership in Landmine Clearance and Conventional Weapons Destruction

    December 13, 2017

    Since 1993, the United States has invested more than $2.9 billion for the securing and safe disposal of excess small arms, light weapons, and munitions as well as the safe clearance of landmines and explosive remnants of war in more than 100 countries, making the United States the world’s single largest financial supporter of conventional ...

  • South Korea conducts anti-terror drills ahead of Winter Games

    December 12, 2017

    Set to host the Winter Olympics in February, South Korea conducted a series of security drills on Tuesday to prepare against terror attacks ranging from a hostage situation, a vehicle ramming a stadium and a bomb-attached to a drone. During the simulated drills, members of a SWAT team shot down a drone with a bomb attached ...

  • Twenty-five EU states sign PESCO defense pact

    December 11, 2017

    The European Council has adopted the decision to establish a European Union defense pact, known as PESCO. The 25 participating EU states are set to begin working on a series of joint-defense projects next year. European Union member states on Monday moved ever closer toward establishing a defense union, after the European Council adopted the creation of a new ...

  • How ISIS Produced Its Cruel Arsenal on an Industrial Scale

    December 11, 2017

    Late this spring, Iraqi forces fighting the Islamic State in Mosul discovered three unfired rocket-propelled grenades with an unusual feature — a heavy liquid sloshing inside their warheads. Tests later found that the warheads contained a crude blister agent resembling sulfur mustard, a banned chemical weapon intended to burn a victim’s skin and respiratory tract. The ...

  • New York Port Authority attack: Man held after Manhattan blast

    December 11, 2017

    A man is being held after an attempted terror attack at New York City’s main bus terminal. “Terrorists won’t win,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said after a blast at the Port Authority terminal in Manhattan during the morning rush hour on Monday. The suspect, Akayed Ullah, a 27-year-old Bangladeshi immigrant, was injured by a “low-tech explosive device” ...

  • UN enhances capacity of Libyan Security institutions to deal with the threats of explosive hazards

    December 7, 2017

    The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) has successfully completed the delivery of a two-week training course on Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) for 16 Libyan National Safety Authority (NSA) and Military Engineers from Tripoli and Benghazi. The two-week training of trainers training aimed to strengthen the capacity of the Libyan authorities to carry out Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) more safely ...

  • ‘Text message from boat’ triggered bomb that killed Maltese journalist Caruana Galizia

    December 7, 2017

    A bomb that killed a Maltese anti-corruption journalist was detonated by one of the suspects sending a text message from a boat, prosecutors believe. Daphne Caruana Galizia’s car was blown up as she drove from her home on the island on 16 October. The assassination sparked outrage in Malta and among many journalists and politicians in Europe ...

  • Commencement of the explosive hazards clearance activities in Mosul’s Old City

    December 6, 2017

    The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) has recently been granted access to the Old City of Mosul to assess, survey and clear explosive hazards including improvised explosive devices and explosive remnants of war to complement the work of the Iraqi Security Forces. This will not only facilitate rehabilitation of infrastructure and assist the stabilization ...

  • How can Canada help Zimbabwe rid itself of its landmine legacy?

    December 5, 2017

    Clever Dzabaya was born 42 years ago, the same year a minefield was laid on his ancestral farmland. It was one of many that Rhodesian forces set along the border with Mozambique to form a deadly cordon sanitaire against opposition fighters – minefields that still haunt the rural poor who live among them in what is now ...

  • AUV and ROV Play Important Role in Multinational EOD Exercise

    December 5, 2017

    Every autumn, Iceland hosts its annual Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) exercise called Northern Challenge, welcoming NATO members and partners supporting NATO‘s Defence Against Terrorism Programme. Northern Challenge is a multinational exercise, helping to train members of NATO‘s Partnership for Peace programme. This year, participants included Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, The ...

  • Deadly attacks at TV station and football stadium in Afghan city of Jalalabad

    December 3, 2017

    A suicide bomber has killed at least six people in Jalalabad, a day after the Afghan city was rocked by multiple blasts which claimed two lives. Eight were wounded in Sunday’s bombing which occurred outside a football stadium shortly after the end of a rally in support of President Ashraf Ghani.  A woman and child were among ...

  • German Christmas market evacuated after improvised nail bomb is found

    December 1, 2017

    A Christmas market in the German city of Potsdam has been evacuated after an explosive device, believed to be a nail bomb, was delivered to a pharmacy nearby. Police have now defused the device after having cordoned-off the area. It was first delivered to a pharmacy but was reported as suspicious by an employee who opened it and found ...

  • One killed after relief food truck runs over IED in Garissa, Kenya

    December 1, 2017

    Garissa IED attack. One person was killed and several others injured after lorry ran over an IED. One person was killed and four others injured after their vehicle ran over an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) at Sabenal area, Hulugho Sub County in Garissa County. Hulugho Sub County Commissioner Tom Siele, who confirmed the incident, said the ...