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  • Thai businessman convicted of selling fake bomb detectors

    September 28, 2018

    A court in Thailand has convicted a local businessman of fraud for selling fake bomb detectors to the Thai government, five years after the head of the British supplier was sent to prison over the global scandal. Thailand’s military drew criticism and ridicule in 2010 when the GT200 bomb detectors — which were claimed to also ...

  • Seven soldiers, one civilian killed in Mali bomb blast

    September 27, 2018

    Seven soldiers and a civilian driver were killed in central Mali when their vehicle hit explosives in the latest attack in an area riven by jihadist violence, the defence ministry said Thursday. Wednesday’s “cowardly terrorist attack” took place between the northern city of Timbuktu and Mopti in the centre, a statement said, adding that the soldiers ...

  • MyDefence receives funding to develop next-gen anti-drone technology

    September 27, 2018

      Nr.Sundby, Denmark – MyDefence is developing next-generation anti-drone technology, which among other things include closer integration into soldiers existing equipment, so they can mitigate the threat of drones more effectively. Innovation Fund Denmark invests 425,000 USD (362,000 EUR) in the project, which will secure that MyDefence can continue the further development of anti-drone technology. Although commercial drones ...

  • Seven arrests in Netherlands over ‘significant terror attack plot’

    September 27, 2018

    Police were investigating a large-scale terror attack plot which targeted multiple locations, including a big event. Seven men have been arrested in the Netherlands on suspicion of plotting a significant terror attack. The alleged attackers intended to carry out an assault using rifles, grenades and a car bomb. Heavily armed police arrested the men on Thursday in the ...

  • Blast kills eight soldiers in new blow to jihadist-hit Burkina

    September 26, 2018

    Eight soldiers were killed by a blast in northern Burkina Faso on Wednesday, in the latest blow to the poor Sahel country grappling with jihadism. “I have just learned that eight Burkinabe soldiers died after their vehicle drove over a home-made mine planted by the enemies of our people,” President Roch Marc Christian Kabore said in ...

  • Meet the ‘Gruester’: New Air Force test will push explosive technicians to their physical limits

    September 26, 2018

    Air Force explosive ordnance technicians soon may become painfully familiar with the “Gruester,” the nickname for a grueling component of the career-specific fitness test being introduced for them. Earlier this month, 21 EOD airmen from seven bases across the Air Force put the service’s new EOD Tier 2 physical fitness prototype test through a trial run. The ...

  • NDS forces foil militants bid to carry out explosions in Jalalabad city

    September 26, 2018

    The Afghan Intelligence, National Directorate of Security (NDS) forces have foiled the militants bid to carry out a series of explosions in Jalalabd city, the provincial capital of Nangarhar province. The provincial government media office in a statement said the NDS forces stormed a hideout of the Taliban group in Surkh Rod district and destroyed ten ...

  • UK to extend military training operation in Ukraine until 2020

    September 25, 2018

    UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has confirmed the country’s commitment to extend its military training operation in Ukraine for an additional two years. Delivered through Operation Orbital, the military training operation in Ukraine will continue until 2020 and would include anti-armour, counter-sniping and mortar planning. The current training expansion is in addition to the defensive skills programmes, ...

  • EU contributes additional 1.1 mln euros to de-mining project in Bosnia and Herzegovina

    September 25, 2018

    The European Union (EU) will contribute an additional 1.1 million euros (1.29 million U.S. dollars) to the de-mining projects in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), an agreement signed here on Monday shows. The money will be divided in two projects that will have the end goal of clearance of mines. The first project relates to reconnaissance of ...

  • The Government of New Zealand donates USD 160,000 and deploys in-kind specialized personnel to support UNMAS explosive hazard management activities in Iraq

    September 25, 2018

    The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) welcomes a contribution of NZD 250,000 (USD 160,000) from the Government of New Zealand and is grateful for the deployment of an in-kind Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Threat Mitigation Advisor to support explosive hazard management activities in Iraq. Extensive conflict in Iraq involving the Islamic State of Iraq and ...

  • U.S. airstrike target Taliban’s IED factory in Paktia province

    September 25, 2018

    The U.S. forces in Afghanistan have carried out an airstrike on Taliban factory which was used to manufacture improvised explosive devices, the local officials said. The provincial government media office in a statement said late on Monday that the airstrike was carried out in the vicinity of Mamozai the airstrikes. area of Zurmat district. The statement further ...

  • Don’t Blow It! Safely eliminating chemical and biological munitions on the battlefield

    September 24, 2018

    Defence and Security Accelerator – DASA is launching a new competition seeking low technology readiness level proposals for innovative technologies in accessing, disabling and destroying chemical and biological munitions and improvised explosive devices on the battlefield. This competition has an initial £500,000 to fund multiple proof-of-concept proposals at low Technology Readiness Levels (TRL). Additional funding of ...

  • Yemen Houthis mass-produced mines and IEDs using Iranian components, CAR report finds

    September 24, 2018

    A new report by Conflict Armament Research has found that Yemen’s Houthi rebels have standardized and mass-produced improvised explosive devices with components, some of which originate in Iran. Evidence collected by the research organization suggests that the use of landmines and IEDs is widespread and has increased as Houthi forces retreat from coalition advances, and that ...

  • Taliban Commander blown up by own explosives in Nangarhar province

    September 24, 2018

    A local Taliban Commander was blown up by own explosives in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, the Afghan Military in East said Monday. According to a statement released by 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan Military, the incident took place on Sunday in the vicinity of Ghani Khel district. The statement further added that a local Taliban ...

  • Demining Laos: ‘what my team do can save many people’s lives’

    September 24, 2018

    For almost four years, Phouviengsavanh “Toui” Keosouphan, 39, has worked to clear Laos’ plague of unexploded ordnance (UXO). Laos has the distinction of being the most heavily bombed nation on the planet per capita, with 29,000 people killed and 21,000 injured by deadly leftover devices from the Vietnam War era. He works with Norwegian People’s ...

  • Afghanistan: Up To 200 People Fall Victim To Mines Every Month

    September 23, 2018

    Officials from the Mine Detection Center (MDC) on Sunday said each month up to 200 people in the country fall victim to IEDs – both newly planted devices and unexploded mines going back to the civil war. MDC officials were speaking at an event in Kabul that was held to mark the International Day of Peace. Mohammad Shahab Hakimi, head ...

  • Boko Haram landmines in Nigeria killed at least 162 in two years – study

    September 23, 2018

    Hundreds of people have been killed or maimed by landmines in north-east Nigeria, research shows. Mines laid by Boko Haram, the extremist group that has waged a deadly insurgency in the Lake Chad region, killed 162 people in two years and wounded 277 more, according to the Mines Advisory Group (MAG), a landmine clearance charity. Casualties rose from 12 per ...

  • Seven Children Killed In A Taliban Explosion In Faryab: Officials

    September 22, 2018

    At least seven children were killed and five others were wounded in an IED explosion in Faryab province on Friday, local officials said Saturday. Ghulam Ali CID director for Sherentagab district police headquarters said the incident occurred in an area which fell to the Taliban last week – in Koh Sayyad of Sherentagab district. Ali said that ...