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  • It’s been a blast: Police buying new explosive disposal robot, bomb suit after years of service

    December 1, 2018

    Sault Ste. Marie Police Service says it’s time to retire its bomb robot – which, according to a police board report, is “literally held together by wires and tape” – from the ranks of its Explosive Disposal Unit (EDU). City police will use its capital reserve fund in 2019 to purchase a replacement robot and a bomb suit ...

  • Conference calls for increased condemnation of AP mines of an improvised nature and recognition of contamination by these weapons

    November 30, 2018

    The Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention’s Seventeenth Meeting of the States Parties (17MSP) concluded in Geneva recording success in stockpile destruction and mine clearance in the Middle East and West Africa. While progress was welcome, the Conference agreed that new contamination by anti-personnel mines of an improvised nature should be reported and treated under the Convention in ...

  • Briton among five G4S staff killed in Kabul blast

    November 29, 2018

    A Briton was among five G4S employees killed in a blast in Kabul, the security company has confirmed. A total of 10 people are confirmed to have died in the attack, which hit the firm’s compound late on Wednesday. The Taliban has claimed responsibility. G4S confirmed that 32 of its employees were injured and five killed, four of ...

  • Irish Defence Forces send team to west Africa to train troops on explosives

    November 29, 2018

    The Defence Forces have deployed a team of specialists to west Africa to help train troops from other countries in countering improvised explosive devices and mine awareness. The deployment is being made under a commitment given by the Government a year ago to support the United Nations mine action service, UNMAS. The Irish will train and educate ...

  • Mauritania 31st country to declare itself mine-free

    November 29, 2018

    Areas of Mauritania that were under the threat of anti-personnel mines for forty years are now deemed safe. “I am extremely honoured to declare that after four decades since these weapons were laid and nearly two decades of clearance, Mauritania is free of all known mined zones. This makes us the 31st State Party to the Anti-Personnel ...

  • Three U.S. service members killed in Afghanistan blast

    November 27, 2018

    KABUL – A roadside bomb blast killed three U.S. service members and wounded three others near the central Afghan city of Ghazni on Tuesday, the NATO-led Resolute Support mission said. Taliban insurgents, who control large parts of Ghazni province, claimed responsibility for the attack, which also wounded an American civilian contractor. A Taliban commander in Ghazni said ...

  • Insights into UK EOD & Search Operations

    November 27, 2018

    Defence IQ spoke to the Head of the British Army’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Search Branch (DEODS), Colonel Zac Scott to discuss how the persistent explosive threat landscape is shaping EOD & Search’s operations post-Afghanistan. Download the full interview here. Read the interview to: Find out what the short-term focus is when training teams and providing support ...

  • Mission Iraq: Britain’s Quest To Train An Army To Fight Islamic State

    November 27, 2018

    It was once a secret base for Saddam Hussein’s personal army but now Camp Taji hosts 400 members of the 1st Battalion, The Grenadier Guards as they train the Iraqi Army. Lieutenant Colonel Piers Ashfield, Commanding Officer of The Grenadiers, said British troops have been providing “expertise” training. “I think the key thing about British training has been the expertise it ...

  • At least 7 killed in Somalia bomb explosion

    November 26, 2018

    At least seven people were killed and five injured in a car bomb explosion at a bustling market in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, on Monday. Police say security forces intercepted a suspicious vehicle laden with explosives which detonated at the entrance to Kawo-Godey market in southern Mogadishu. Witnesses add that most of the buildings around were destroyed. Though no ...

  • Domestic and international efforts boost landmine cleanup

    November 24, 2018

    As many as 2,000 people were killed by post-war landmines between 2010 and 2014, while an estimated 6.1 million hectares accounting for more than 21 per cent of Việt Nam’s land remains contaminated with unexploded ordnance (UXO). This information was released by Đặng Văn Đồng, deputy director of Việt Nam National Mine Action Centre (VNMAC) under ...

  • Afghanistan: Suicide explosion in army mosque leaves 27 soldiers dead, scores injured

    November 23, 2018

    Twenty-seven Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were killed and 79 others injured in a blast inside a military mosque in southern Khost province on Friday, security official said. Abdullah, spokesman for ANA first bridged in the Mandozai district, said the blast took place during Jumma prayer in the ANA headquarters. But Governor Hukam Khan Habibi while inquiring after the health of ...

  • Police arrest man in Derry under-car bomb investigation

    November 23, 2018

    A man has been arrested in connection with a dissident republican bomb attempt on a police officer in Derry last year. The 46-year-old man is being questioned about an under-vehicle bomb placed under the officer’s car in February last year. The device was discovered at Ardanlee in the city’s Culmore area. Described as an UVIED (Under Vehicle ...

  • Blast kills 25 in northern Pakistan as police repel assault on Chinese consulate in Karachi

    November 23, 2018

    A suicide bomber killed 25 people at a market in northern Pakistan just hours after gunmen assaulted the Chinese Consulate in the southern city of Karachi, killing four. The two attacks on opposite sides of the country were likely unconnected, but they underline the myriad security challenges Pakistan faces, including those from separatists as well as ...

  • Man held over suspected explosives in Exeter flat

    November 22, 2018

    A man has been arrested after suspected explosives were found in a flat. Police were called to reports of possible explosive material at a flat in Larkbear Road, Exeter, at 19:35 GMT on Wednesday. Items found at the scene were assessed by bomb disposal experts. No homes were evacuated. A 29-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of ...

  • $3 Million Reward Announced for Information Leading to Arrest of Iranian Tied to Illegal Procurement of U.S. Technology

    November 22, 2018

    The United States Department of State’s Transnational Organized Crime Rewards Program is offering up to a $3,000,000 (USD) reward leading to the arrest and/or conviction of Hossein Ahmad Larijani. Larijani is wanted for his role in illegally procuring technology that originated in the United States and which was later incorporated into improvised explosive devices (IEDs) that targeted ...

  • Terror probe after two improvised explosive devices found in London flat

    November 21, 2018

    Police have opened a counter-terror investigation after two improvised explosive devices were discovered in a northwest London flat. Officers were called to the unoccupied address in Harlesden, which was in the process of being refurbished, on Wednesday morning. As a precaution, the block of flats was evacuated and nearby roads were cordoned off while specialist officers assessed ...

  • Kabul Suicide Attack: over 40 dead, more than 80 wounded

    November 20, 2018

    The security sources are saying that over 40 people were killed and more than 80 others sustained injuries in a suicide attack in capital Kabul earlier this evening. The Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish confirmed that the incident has taken place in Oranus Hotel. The Ministry of Public Health officials are saying that the attack has left ...

  • Volusia bomb squad member shares what it was like to encounter ‘Mother of Satan’ explosive

    November 20, 2018

    Members of the Volusia County Bomb Squad are trained to handle any kind of explosive, from a homemade bomb to a powder that can ignite with the slightest touch. But when they rolled up to a home in Lake Helen earlier this month, they encountered something normally found in terror bombs used overseas. It is called triacetone triperoxide, or TATP, ...