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  • Four Cameroon police killed by suspected separatist bomb – government

    June 16, 2019

    Cameroon’s government said on Sunday that separatists in its restive English-speaking region had detonated an improvised explosive device that killed four police and wounded six. “The government condemns in the strongest terms this criminal act, perpetrated by armed bandits and terrorists with no faith or law,” the statement said. It also said the attack occurred along ...

  • UN chief condemns terrorist attacks in Kenya and Somalia

    June 16, 2019

    The UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, condemned on Sunday the attack that took place on Saturday in Wajir County, Kenya, in which at least eight police officers were killed when their car struck an improvised explosive device (IED), and the car bomb attack in Mogadishu, Somalia, in which at least eight people were killed. Dozens were injured ...

  • Islamists claim double attack in Somali capital Mogadishu

    June 15, 2019

    A pair of explosions rocked Somalia’s capital and left eight people dead, the director of an ambulance service said Saturday, as the al-Qaida-linked extremist group al-Shabab claimed responsibility. Another 16 people were wounded, some of them seriously, Dr. Abdiqadir Aden with the Aamin ambulance service told The Associated Press. He said a car bomb detonated near ...

  • Twelve police officers dead, one injured after IED attack in Wajir, Kenya

    June 15, 2019

    Twelve police officers were killed in Wajir late Friday, when Al Shabaab terrorists planted an Improvised Explosive Devise (IED) on the road. A senior police officer in the region said the attack occurred on Saturday morning at Konton centre, and were pursuing attackers who raided the village late Friday and drove away with three police reservists. “They ...

  • The EU strengthens rules on home-made explosives and fight against terrorist financing

    June 14, 2019

    Today, the Council adopted two important priority files under the Security Union which strengthen EU rules on explosives precursors and facilitate law-enforcement access to financial information. The reinforced rules on explosives precursors will ensure stronger safeguards and controls, including online, on the sale and marketing of the dangerous chemicals, which have been used to produce ...

  • Learning how to combat the scourge of IED threat on the front line

    June 13, 2019

    In the final of a three part series following the training of a Leicester based Army Reserve unit over a five-month period, LeicestershireLive reporter Alan Thompson and photographer/videographer Andy Baker joined 2 Company, 3rd Battalion, the Royal Anglian Regiment on a vast military training area in Norfolk. The Stanford Training Area, a few miles north of ...

  • Canine hero visits Capitol Hill amid ‘global landmine crisis’

    June 13, 2019

    Spotted roaming the halls of the U.S. Capitol on Thursday was a six-year veteran of one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. Yankee, a land mine-detecting German shepherd, along with her handler, Perry Baltimore, a retired Army general, joined Yemen’s ambassador to the U.S., Ahmed Bin Mubarak, to draw attention to what advocates are calling a “global ...

  • Left Behind by War: Unexploded Ordnance Keeps Killing Displaced Iraqis

    June 13, 2019

    The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) this week highlighted the grim situation produced by the explosive remnants of years of battle in Iraq with Islamic State and others. “The scale, density and complexity of explosive hazards are unprecedented, making Iraq one of the most contaminated countries in the world,” the statement said. An estimated “70 percent ...

  • 2019 Eifel Krabben IED Rodeo

    June 13, 2019

    Members of the 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal flight participated in an improvised explosive device training June 3-13, 2019 at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. EOD members from different nations are featured in the course of this exercise, called the 2019 Eifel Krabben IED Rodeo, in which members learn more about how to locate explosive ...

  • Three al-Shabaab militants killed by IED they were planting in Boni Forest

    June 13, 2019

    Three al-Shabaab militants died on the spot after an Improvised Explosive Device they were planting along Bodhai-Baragoni road in Boni Forest, Tana River county exploded. It is alleged the explosives were strategically being planted to detonate on security officers patrolling the area. According to a security brief sent to Vigilance House on Thursday, June 13, the ...

  • 550 kgs of explosives discovered from a vegetables truck in Nuristan province

    June 11, 2019

    The police forces seized 550 kilograms of explosives from a vegetables truck in Nuristan province. The Ministry of Interior (MoI) said Monday that the police forces also arrested two people in connection to the smuggling of explosives. According to a statement released by MoI, the militants had placed the explosives inside 55 sacks. The statement further added that ...

  • Roadside bomb explosion kills six of a family in Kandahar

    June 11, 2019

    A roadside bomb explosion killed six members of a single family in Kandahar province of Afghanistan. According to local security officials, the incident took place earlier today in the vicinity of Dand district of Kandahar. The officials further added that a civilian vehicle struck an improvised explosive device killing six people including women and children. No individual or ...

  • Major training exercise sees dogs sniff out ‘explosives’ at Bristol Airport

    June 11, 2019

    Explosives detection dogs from police forces across the country are taking part in a major training exercise at Bristol Airport this week. More than 40 dogs will be put through their paces by their handlers throughout the terminal building and airfield, testing their ability to detect substances that could potentially harm members of the public. The exercise, ...

  • Support from the Government of Germany Proves Crucial in Continuing UNMAS Life-Saving Activities in Iraq

    June 11, 2019

    With a total contribution of EUR 51.2 million (USD 58 million) to date, the Government of Germany is the largest contributor to the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) in Iraq and supports explosive hazard management and capacity enhancement initiatives to mitigate the threat posed by explosive hazards, thus enabling the provision and facilitation of ...

  • Prince Harry and Meghan Markle off to Africa to finish Diana’s work on landmines

    June 11, 2019

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are planning a major trip to Africa to help fulfil his late mother Princess Diana’s legacy. As part of their Autumn tour, Harry will travel to Angola, where Diana famously visited in January 1997, just months before her tragic death. The striking image of The Princess of Wales, wearing a protective visor ...

  • U.S. Navy Command Master Chief Philip Ibanez assumes responsibility as the Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s top senior enlisted leader

    June 11, 2019

    Members of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency welcomed a new command senior enlisted leader and bid a fond farewell to an Airman, leader and friend. U.S. Navy Command Master Chief Philip Ibanez assumed responsibility as the Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s top enlisted leader during a Change of Responsibility Ceremony from the current Command Senior Enlisted ...

  • Bombing in North Waziristan

    June 10, 2019

    Four Pakistani soldiers were killed by an improvised explosive device in a tribal region along the Afghan border, Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Saturday. “Deeply saddened to learn of the shahadat of 3 officers & 1 soldier from a terrorist-planted IED blast in Kharkamar, N.Waziristan,” Khan said on his Twitter account. He gave no more details ...

  • VIDEO: Bomb disposal squad carry out explosions of 100 items found on beach

    June 10, 2019

    A military bomb disposal unit was called to carry out a controlled explosion after more than 100 items of ordnance washed up on the beach. The callout on Wednesday came after the discovery of the find by a Fisheries Officer on the beach north of Millom. Millom Coastguard’s station manager John Whitford said: “On arrival on scene ...