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  • France helps Egypt detect IEDs

    June 13, 2018

    The French military has deployed an engineering detachment to Egypt to help its military detect improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The French defence ministry said the detachment was deployed to Egypt from 20 April to 5 May. It will soon take part in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). Read more… Source: Defence Web  

  • Child killed, 7 civilians injured in E. Afghan blast

    June 13, 2018

    A 10-year-old child was killed and seven people wounded in a blast in Jalalabad city, capital of Afghanistan’s eastern province of Nangarhar on Wednesday, provincial government said in a statement. The explosion occurred roughly at 6:00 a.m. local time in front of a small shop in Police District 2 of the city when an improvised explosive ...

  • Explosives similar to those used in cash-in-transit heists stolen from KZN mine

    June 12, 2018

    More than 200 kilograms of gel explosives, thought to be similar to those used in cash-in-transit heists, have been stolen from the Zululand Anthracite Colliery (ZAC) in KwaZulu-Natal. The African News Agency (ANA) understands that the theft took place during the night or morning of June 6. Read more… Source: iOL  

  • Eight tonne cache of explosives seized by Afghan authorities on Pakistan border

    June 12, 2018

    A huge cache of explosive materials was discovered by Afghan security forces in a vegetable truck crossing from Pakistan, in one of the largest ever finds. Intelligence officers found nearly eight tonnes of ammonium nitrate – the chemical widely used in making explosives – hidden beneath sacks of vegetables on the vehicle at the Torkham border crossing, at the ...

  • Sandia Labs to test bomb squad teams in “Robot Rodeo” competition

    June 12, 2018

    Civilian and military bomb squad teams from across the country will take part in Sandia Labs’ 12th annual Western National Robot Rodeo this week, a competition that uses simulated scenarios to test the ability of first responders to use robots to complete hazardous tasks. Read more… Source: Homeland Preparedness News  

  • 720th EOD team wins ‘Team of the Year’

    June 12, 2018

    Members of the 702nd and 720th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Companies competed for the US Army Europe Team of the Year at the training area here June 4-9, with a team from 720th winning the event. Both units fall under the 16th Special Troops Battalion, 16th Sustainment Brigade, and are the only EOD units under USAREUR. Three two-man ...

  • 41 killed, 14 injured in Afghan violence: officials

    June 11, 2018

    Thirty-four militants and seven police were killed and 14 people were wounded in daily violence in Afghanistan, authorities said Monday. In one incident, 12 civilians were wounded after an improvised explosive device (IED) was detonated at a public picnic area in Chaparhar district, eastern Nangarhar province roughly at 9:00 a.m. local time Monday, the provincial government ...

  • Airstrike destroys BIFF IED factory in Liguasan Marsh

    June 11, 2018

    A military airstrike on Sunday successfully destroyed the bomb-making factory of the IS-linked Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in Liguasan Marsh, an Army official said Monday. Capt. Arvin John Encinas, the Army’s 6th Infantry Division spokesman, said the operation also resulted to the arrest of BIFF bomb-maker Ustadz Anwar Ali, 22, and his wife Asnaya, 20. Read ...

  • US seeks to head off new terrorist threats against air cargo

    June 11, 2018

    US security officials have uncovered specific cargo-related terrorist threats against US-bound aircraft, prompting the customs agency to tighten requirements related to air cargo reporting. “ has received specific, classified intelligence that certain terrorist organisations seek to exploit vulnerabilities in international air cargo security,” the agency says in a new rule made public ...

  • Afghan army defuses massive bombs, landmines: gov’t

    June 7, 2018

    The Afghan army personnel found 73 improvised bombs and landmines within the last 24 hours, the country’s Defense Ministry said Thursday. “Afghan National Army (ANA) explosive-ordnance disposal teams recovered 73 rounds of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and landmine elsewhere since early Wednesday. They safely defused or destroyed the explosives over the period,” the ministry said in ...

  • 22 pounds of ‘mother of Satan’ explosives found in Federal Way house, police say

    June 7, 2018

    A 34-year-old Federal Way man accused of blowing up his SUV with homemade explosives on Tuesday evening was charged Thursday with possession of an incendiary device, according to King County prosecutors. Police and federal agents seized 22 pounds of triacetone triperoxide, known as TATP, and 20 pounds of explosive tannerite from a shed, car and the house where ...

  • At least 18 killed in Baghdad explosion: source

    June 6, 2018

    At least 18 people were killed and over 90 wounded in an explosion in Baghdad’s Sadr City district on Wednesday, an Iraqi police source said. An interior ministry spokesman said in a brief statement the blast was the result of the detonation of an ammunitions cache and that security forces had opened an investigation.The ammunition had ...

  • $2M in Grants for Local FBI-Accredited Bomb Squads

    June 6, 2018

    Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $2 million in federal Homeland Security Grant Program funding has been secured, allowing the state’s 12 local FBI-accredited bomb squads to sustain and enhance their capabilities to detect, interdict, and respond to improvised explosive devices. This marks the twelfth consecutive year that New York has provided dedicated federal homeland security funding ...

  • Kenya: At Least 5 Police Officers Killed in IED Attack

    June 6, 2018

    At least five police officers have been killed in an Al Shabaab attack in Liboi. Police said those killed are General Service Unit officers whose vehicle was blown up after driving over an Improvised Explosive Device. Dadaab Deputy County Commissioner Harun Kamau indicated that more officers have been deployed to the area to search for the attackers. Read ...

  • First Group of Afghan Female Deminers Being Trained

    June 6, 2018

    A group of Afghan female deminers is being trained in Bamyan province in central Afghanistan. Many civilian casualties in Afghanistan are attributed to explosive remnants of war and other improvised explosive devices. The Danish Demining Group pledges to train more women in this field, if the initiative is approved in the male-dominated country. Read more… (video) Source: ...

  • Bomb squad detonates shell found at Oswestry building site

    June 6, 2018

    Police were called to the scene after construction workers found the shell while digging on the site off Artillery Road, in Park Hall, at around 1pm on Tuesday. Tools were downed and the site was shut, as officers waiting for EOD officers to arrive. The officers came from Hereford, arriving at the scene at around 6.53pm. Read more… Source: Shropshire ...

  • SPAWAR Reserve Program Provides Critical Feedback to Unmanned Maritime Vehicle Lab

    June 5, 2018

    The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) Reserve Program (SRP) recently supported the development and fielding of some of the Navy’s new and emerging underwater assessment technologies during a testing event off the coast of Southern California. The team provided warfighting expertise to SPAWAR System Center Pacific’s (SSC Pacific’s) Unmanned Maritime Vehicle (UMV) Lab. Read more… Source: ...

  • EOD Soldiers compete for best

    June 4, 2018

    The Ordnance Crucible Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Team of the Year training event began today with an opening ceremony at Heth Hall, hosted by Brig. Gen. Heidi Hoyle, the 41st Chief of Ordnance. “Who’s ready to win,” said Hoyle. The EOD Team of the Year is the first of three major training events for the 2018 U.S. ...