News – April 2019


  • Adelaide homes evacuated as police detonate ‘Mother of Satan’ explosives

    April 30, 2019

    Police have set off four controlled explosions in the backyard of an Adelaide home, but say the incident is not connected to terrorism. The home at Heytesbury Road at Davoren Park, in Adelaide’s north, was raided by police last night and “explosive-related material” was allegedly found. Properties surrounding the home were evacuated as emergency services prepared to ...

  • Explosive device and ammunition found at empty Christchurch property

    April 30, 2019

    A suspected explosive device has been found at an empty section in Christchurch. Police found the package, along with ammunition, on Newcastle St, in the suburb of Phillipstown, Canterbury district commander Superintendent John Price said. He said the New Zealand Defence Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit made the package safe. A 33-year old man has been arrested and was ...

  • Explosive hazards in Mosul a major threat for years to come

    April 29, 2019

    The classroom of 13-year-old boys was vibrant, filled with energy, as the final lesson of the day began, addressing a serious topic. One of the guest instructors held up posters of various suspicious objects. Some were more obviously mortars or hand grenades, but others appeared to be fun things, such as toys and dolls. Representatives from the United Nations ...

  • ISIS explosives experts among 10 killed, wounded as IED goes off prematurely in Kunar

    April 29, 2019

    At least ten ISIS Khurasan militants were killed or wounded in a premature explosion triggered by an Improvised Explosive Device in eastern Kunar province. The 201st Silab Corps in a statement said the incident took place on Saturday in Pech Dara district. The statement further added that ISIS militants were planting an improvised explosive device when the ...

  • India: NIA takes over probe of failed fidayeen attack

    April 29, 2019

    The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has taken over the probe of a failed fidayeen (suicide) attack attempted by Hizbul Mujahideen on a convoy of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on Srinagar-Jammu national highway near Banihal on March 30. Inspector General of Police, NIA, Alok Mittal confirmed they have taken over the case.  On 30 March at ...

  • How We’ll Stop Chemical Attacks

    April 28, 2019

    DARPA has been testing equipment that can detect chemical ingredients in weapons and explosives—before they’re used against us. And it’s almost ready to go. The scene isn’t all that hard to imagine. It’s Memorial Day. The Indianapolis 500, the world’s largest sporting event, is underway. At least four-hundred thousand fans are standing, stomping and screaming. Far ...

  • Hawaii: Big Island to get bomb squad rig

    April 28, 2019

    Hawaii County is set to have its own bomb squad and vehicle stationed on the island. The state recently awarded a $306,947 contract to Rainbow Chevrolet to provide three bomb squad vehicles, one each for Hawaii, Kauai and Maui counties. Specifications require the vehicle to be a commercial cutaway van 4500 with a 6-liter V8 gas ...

  • IED blast kills 3 in Pakistan

    April 28, 2019

    Three security personnel were killed in an IED blast at a check post in Pakistan’s restive northwestern tribal region bordering Afghanistan, police said. The explosives, which were planted close to the check post in Sheva tehsil of North Waziristan District, went off when the levies personnel reported for duty, eye witnesses said. One person was injured in ...

  • ISIS ‘plans new wave of UK and Europe terror attacks’ using ‘crocodile cells’, MI5 fears

    April 28, 2019

    MI5 is investigating Isis plans to carry out a new wave of attacks across the UK and Europe using ‘crocodile cells’ made up of sleeper operatives. It comes amid revelations that a ringleader of Sri Lanka’s Easter massacre was ‘mentored’ by a group of notorious British Isis fighters, including the killer known as Jihadi John, when travelling to Syria to prepare ...

  • Mines, unexploded devices continuing to kill, maim civilians in Afghanistan

    April 28, 2019

    Thousands of villages and hamlets in Afghanistan have been turned into ghost towns, as landmines and explosive devices continue to claim the lives of civilians in one of the world’s most heavily mined countries. Some of the hidden enemies are the remnants of unexploded ordnance left over during the past four decades of prolonged wars. The ...

  • Tunisia soldier killed in IED explosion on Mount Chambi

    April 27, 2019

    A Tunisian soldier has been killed and three others were wounded in a mine blast in the restive Kasserine region, the defense ministry said Saturday, in an attack claimed by al-Qaeda-linked jihadists. The mine exploded Friday, April 26 on Mount Chambi, in Kasserine, where the army has conducted search operations since 2012 to hunt down jihadists ...

  • Sri Lanka says Easter attack leader died in hotel bombing

    April 26, 2019

    The suspected leader of the militant group Sri Lankan authorities said carried out a series of Easter Sunday bombings died in the blast at the Shangri-La hotel, one of six hotels and churches targeted in the attacks that killed at least 250 people, officials said Friday. Police said on an official Twitter account that Mohamed Zahran, ...

  • Humanitarian Mine Action increases demining capacity in Morocco

    April 26, 2019

    U.S. Marines and Sailors with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Africa 19.2, Marine Forces Europe and Africa, participated in Humanitarian Mine Action with members of the Moroccan Royal Armed Forces April 1-26, 2019, at Unite de Secours et Sauvetage’s Base, Kenitra, Morocco. The HMA program is designed to assist allied and partner countries in reducing ...

  • EODMU 2 Holds Change of Command

    April 26, 2019

    Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 2 held a change of command ceremony aboard Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story during which Cmdr. Clint Cornell relieved Cmdr. Jon Haase as commanding officer, April 26. The ceremony was the culmination of two years at the helm of EODMU 2 where he oversaw manning, training and equipping units ...

  • Huntsville Center’s Global Operations Division saves lives with range cleanup mission in Afghanistan

    April 26, 2019

    The Ordnance and Explosives Directorate’s Global Operations Division at Huntsville Center has wrapped up work on a five-year, $310 million multi-range cleanup project in Afghanistan. The division managed the mission of clearing ordnance from 62 now-closed U.S.-operated ranges, most of which were part of forward operating bases that shut down in 2014 and 2015 as coalition ...

  • UN reports reduction in civilian casualties in Afghanistan in first quarter of 2019

    April 24, 2019

    The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan has reported a 23 percent reduction in civilian casualties during the first quarter of 2019, citing a reduction in suicide attacks and harsh winter conditions as the likely causes of reduced civilian casualties. According to a report released by UNAMA, the mission documented 1,773 civilian casualties (581 deaths and ...

  • Inside factory where Sri Lanka jihadists made ‘Mother of Satan’ explosive used in the attacks

    April 23, 2019

    The bombs are thought to have been made in a copper factory in Wellampitiya, a suburb of Colombo It was owned by businessman and father-of-four Inshaf Ahamad, who blew himself up at a hotel on Sunday Police raided the copper factory last night and took nine suspects – including the manager – into custody At least 290 people ...

  • Afghan forces foil a massive attack by militants in Kandahar city

    April 23, 2019

    The Afghan security forces have foiled a massive attack by anti-government armed militants in Kandahar city by seizing 1.5 tons of explosives. Informed military sources said “The Kandahar Police foiled a massive attack by insurgents in Kandahar City during a special operation. Intelligence reports led them to a compound which they seized over 1.5 tons of ...

  • Afghan forces thwart militants bid to carry out a deadly car bomb attack in Kabul city

    April 22, 2019

    The Afghan security forces have thwarted militants bid to carry out a deadly car bomb attack in Kabul city, the Ministry of Interior announced Monday. According to a statement released by MoI, the Afghan security forces conducted a targeted raid in Surobi district of Kabul city on Sunday night and confiscated a Vehicle-borne Improvised Explosive Device ...

  • Sri Lanka says attacks carried out by suicide bombers, international network involved

    April 22, 2019

    Seven suicide bombers took part in the attacks on churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka that killed 290 people and wounded more than 500, an investigator said on Monday, while a government spokesman said an international network was involved. Two of the suicide bombers blew themselves up at the luxury Shangri-La Hotel on Colombo’s seafront, ...