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  • Experiencing the work of a landmine clearance charity

    May 24, 2019

    Even though I was told it was safe, holding an Islamic State group (IS) homemade explosive was still unnerving. Half an hour earlier it had been buried in the ground on the outskirts of the Iraqi city of Fallujah. It was made up of two pieces of wood with bits of cut-up hosepipe. A length of wire ...

  • Explosion rips through a mosque in Kabul, killing or wounding at least 17 people

    May 24, 2019

    An explosion ripped through a mosque in Kabul city earlier this afternoon killing one person and injuring at least 16 others. A spokesman for the Ministry of Interior Nasrat Rahimi said the incident took place at around 1:20pm local time in Isteghfar Mosque. Rahimi further added that the explosion killed a religious cleric Mawlavi Rehan and injured ...

  • Explosion targets mosque in Pakistan’s Quetta

    May 24, 2019

    At least three people have been killed and 28 wounded after a bomb exploded at a mosque in the western Pakistani city of Quetta. The explosion took place inside a mosque before Friday prayers, city police chief Abdul Razzaq Cheema told Al Jazeera by phone, adding that at least three of the wounded were in critical condition. Local ...

  • 11 Taliban militants killed, narcotics and IED materials destroyed in Helmand operations

    May 24, 2019

    The security forces carried out a series of operations and airstrikes in southern Helmand province killing at least 11 Taliban militants and destroying narcotics and IED making materials. “An Afghan special forces raid in Nahr-e Saraj destroyed 50lbs of illegal narcotics and IED making materials,” the informed military sources said Friday. The sources further added “In Kajaki ...

  • Security forces kill Taliban’s suicide attacks planner in Kapisa province

    May 23, 2019

    The Afghan security forces have killed a senior Taliban leader who was involved in planning and facilitating suicide attacks in North-eastern Kapisa province. A spokesman for the Ministry of Interior Nasrat Rahimi said the security forces killed Mullah Abdul Basir, a senior Taliban leader who was involved in planning suicide attacks in Kapisa. Rahimi further added that ...

  • Statement on New Use of Anti-Personnel Mines, Mine Ban Treaty intersessional meeting

    May 23, 2019

    Let me start by giving some context on the new use of antipersonnel mines worldwide.  In recent years, since the last Review Conference, the use of antipersonnel mines by government forces has been rare.  In most years, only one or two governments used mines—Myanmar and Syria – and neither of them used large numbers of ...

  • EOD disposes of 2000-pound bomb

    May 23, 2019

    The explosive ordnance disposal team stationed on Al Dhafra Air Base performed a controlled detonation on a 2000-pound bomb May 18, 2019. Staff Sgt. Joseph Schmidt, 380th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron EOD team leader, said that the bomb was no longer serviceable and could no longer be dropped from an aircraft. The Mark 84 general-purpose bomb left ...

  • Army Soldier Killed, 7 others Injured In IED Blast Along LoC In Poonch

    May 22, 2019

    An army soldier was killed and seven others sustained injuries in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) explosion near forward post along Line of Control in Mendhar area of Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday. News agency GNS quotings reports aid an army patrol of 12 Madras Regiment was going through the area at Dhera ...

  • Left a Bang

    May 22, 2019

    U.S. Marines with Explosives Ordnance Disposal Company (EOD), 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group completed a weeklong evaluation of EOD operations during a field exercise at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, May 17 – 22, 2019. The Marines performed a variety of tasks including chemical/biological response operations, disposal and exploitation of explosive ordnance, and post ...

  • Afghan forces seize sophisticated missile in Kandahar city

    May 21, 2019

    The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces have seized a sophisticated missile in southern Kandahar province. Kandahar Police Chief Gen. Tadin Khan Achakzai said “Our forces discovered a weapons cache in Kandahar City which contained an unidentified rocket. Right now it’s currently under investigation to determine where this weapon came from.” Gen. Raziq further added that the ...

  • UN chief: Somalia making progress but must tackle extremism

    May 20, 2019

    Somalia is making progress toward building a functioning state but must still tackle violent extremism, terrorism, armed conflict, political instability and corruption, the U.N. chief said in a new report. Antonio Guterres said in the report to the U.N. Security Council circulated Monday that these challenges “demonstrate the fragility of the gains made so far” and ...

  • Special Forces storm IED manufacturing facilities of Taliban in Kandahar

    May 20, 2019

    The Afghan Special Forces have stormed the IED manufacturing facilities of Taliban in southern Kandahar province killing at least ten militants. “Afghan Special Forces conducted an operation in Shah Wali Kot district killing 10 Taliban fighters, detaining 3 others and destroying a small weapons cache,” informed military sources said Monday. In the meantime, provincial Police Chief of ...

  • UK security services foiled 19 major terror attacks over past two years, says Sajid Javid

    May 20, 2019

    UK security services have foiled 19 major terror attacks over the past two years, Home Secretary Sajid Javid has revealed. During a speech in which he confirmed plans to look at designating parts of Syria and possibly West Africa as terror no-go zones for British citizens, Mr Javid described how “the tempo of terror activity is increasing”. He ...

  • Egypt explosion: Tourists on bus injured near Giza pyramids

    May 19, 2019

    An explosion targeting a tourist bus has injured at least 16 people near the Grand Egyptian Museum, next to the pyramids in Giza. South African tourists are among the injured. Most of those hurt suffered minor injuries, while three were treated in hospital, officials say. A device went off close to the museum fence as the bus ...

  • Libyan Police Officers Complete UNMAS Training in Ukraine

    May 18, 2019

    The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), with the generous support of the Government of Canada, successfully concluded a three-week training course on Device Scene Incident Management (DSIM) for Libyan Forensic Police Officers from the Libyan Ministry of Interior’s Criminal Investigation Agency. The contribution from Canada also helped UNMAS equip the four trained teams with four sets of specialized ...

  • UN deminers in Yemen start clearing Hodeidah ports as Houthis withdraw

    May 14, 2019

    A team of UN deminers began clearing thousands of landmines and explosives planted by Houthis around the ports of Hodeidah on Monday, as the rebel withdrawal from the three Red Sea ports continues, according to the spokesman for the pro-government forces in Hodeidah. “A UN team has already started clearing and dismantling a huge number of ...

  • 4 policemen killed in Quetta IED blast; TTP claims responsibility

    May 14, 2019

    At least four police personnel were killed and 12 others, including some policemen, wounded in a blast near a mosque in the Satellite Town area of the provincial capital Monday night. The explosion was carried out through an improvised explosive device planted in a motorcycle parked on the roadside, Express Tribune quoting police said. According to sources, a ...

  • Shooting, grenade explosion, IED discovery recorded in parts of Mindanao since Sunday

    May 13, 2019

    The military Monday said that a series of election-related incidents were recorded in some parts of Mindanao over the last 24 hours. The latest election-related incident took place in Poblacion Dalican, Datu Odin Sinsuat (DOS), Maguindanao, when a blast caused by an undetermined type of explosive took place at about 7:20 a.m. Monday. Military and police operatives ...