News – April 2020


  • Taliban bomb kills 5 members of a family in Ghazni province

    April 30, 2020

    A roadside bomb planted by Taliban militants ripped through a civilian vehicle which killed five members of a single family. The Ministry of Interior (MoI) in a statement said the incident took place in Nazar Khan area of Andar district. The statement further added that the explosion killed five members of a single family including a child, ...

  • Ten Egyptian soldiers ‘killed or wounded’ by IED in North Sinai

    April 30, 2020

    Ten Egyptian military personnel were “killed or wounded” when an improvised explosive device was detonated in North Sinai on Thursday, the Egyptian military said. An officer, a non-commissioned officer, and eight soldiers were killed or injured when an IED detonated under their armoured vehicle in southern Bir El-Abed city in North Sinai governorate, according to a ...

  • German government bans Hezbollah – Interior Ministry

    April 30, 2020

    Authorities have designated Hezbollah a terrorist organization and banned its activity on German soil. Police are currently conducting raids on four associations linked to the Islamist group. German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer on Thursday banned Hezbollah activities in the country, his ministry spokesman said on Twitter. He also confirmed that “police measures are underway in several federal ...

  • Russia’s Federal Security Service Prevents Terrorist Attacks in Yekaterinburg

    April 30, 2020

    Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) has prevented terrorist attacks in the Ural city of Yekaterinburg in a counter-terrorism operation during which three gunmen were neutralised, the National Antiterrorism Committee (NAC) said in a statement on Thursday. A counter-terrorist operation was established in Yekaterinburg and also in the nearby Aramil urban district, Sverdlovsk Oblast, to ensure security ...

  • Invisible Shield: Countering IEDs by novel technology and techniques

    April 29, 2020

    This Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) competition aims to develop and demonstrate a number of novel technologies and techniques in the area of Counter-IED electronic countermeasures This Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) competition is run on behalf of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl). This call is looking to generate novel technologies and techniques that can ...

  • Suicide bomber kills 3 civilians in Kabul

    April 29, 2020

    A suicide bomber on Wednesday targeted a base belonging to Afghan special forces on the southern outskirts of the capital, Kabul, killing at least three civilians and wounding 15, officials said. The government blamed the Taliban for the attack, which took place a day after the country’s defense minister and the commander of U.S. forces in ...

  • UK: Search underway for suspected bomb on Devon beach

    April 29, 2020

    Emergency services are understood to be searching for a suspected explosive device in North Devon this afternoon. The Royal Navy’s Explosives and Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team are currently on their way to the scene at Instow. It’s believed the HM Coastguard are also involved in the search. Read more… Source: DevonLive  

  • Police detonate improvised explosive device in Vancouver

    April 29, 2020

    The Vancouver Police Department safely detonated an improvised explosive device in the city’s Chinatown district Tuesday night. During a traffic stop near Columbia and East Pender streets, officers spotted what appeared to be fentanyl in plain view. While searching the vehicle, police located a suspected improvised explosive device. Bomb disposal specialists were called to deal with the situation. “This ...

  • Gunmen attack Iraqi intelligence office in Kirkuk

    April 29, 2020

      Gunmen attacked the office of the Iraqi directorate for counter-terrorism and intelligence in Kirkuk on Monday morning, security sources told a Rudaw reporter. According to the source, three gunmen reportedly attacked the building in Qadisya neighbourhood,where two blew themselves up. One gunman reportedly managed to enter the building. Shooting ensued between the gunman and security forces, ...

  • Syria: Dozens killed in truck bomb attack at Afrin market

    April 29, 2020

    At least 40 people have been killed in a bomb attack in the north-western Syrian city of Afrin, Turkey says. The governor of the neighbouring Turkish border province of Hatay said a fuel tanker rigged with a hand grenade exploded at a crowded market place. He and Turkey’s defence ministry blamed a Kurdish militia group, the YPG, ...

  • Afghanistan’s human rights commission condemns roadside bomb, landmine attacks by Taliban

    April 28, 2020

    The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission has condemned recent roadside bomb and landmine attacks by Taliban militants that resulted in the deaths and injuries of scores of civilians. Nine civilians were killed and 23 others wounded following a series of roadside bomb attacks and landmines conducted by Taliban militants on April 20 and 21 in Ghazni, ...

  • South Lebanon Banks Attacked with Explosives

    April 27, 2020

    The Lebanese army and security forces are investigating two attacks on banks in South Lebanon, after an explosive device detonated near a branch and a Molotov cocktail was tossed at an ATM. Security sources told Asharq Al-Awsat that investigators were probing the two attacks. Banks have been previously the target of attacks, which often involved political messages, ...

  • Marine remembers surviving April 18, 1983, Beirut embassy bombing

    April 27, 2020

    Last weekend offered Rayford Byers something he hasn’t had since April 18, 1983 — the opportunity to forget. On that day 37 years ago, Byers was on his way upstairs in the U.S. embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, to pick up the tickets for him and four of his fellow Marines to return to Fort Hood, Texas. ...

  • Red Cross working on problem of unexploded landmines in Ukraine

    April 26, 2020

    The landmines continue to injure, maim and kill civilians in Ukraine, and the activities of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Ukraine are concentrated on information and prevention on the threats posed by unexploded ordnance of war, Head of the Delegation of the ICRC to Ukraine Florence Gillette has said. “Our activities are ...

  • Would-be suicide bomber killed in eastern Afghan province

    April 26, 2020

    A would-be suicide bomber was shot and killed by police personnel in Afghanistan’s eastern Ghazni province on Sunday, the country’s Interior Ministry confirmed. “A deadly suicide attack plot was thwarted in Ghazni city, capital of Ghazni province, roughly at 8:30 a.m. local time Sunday, after an officer of the Afghan National Police (ANP) shot dead a ...

  • Somalia: AMISOM troops destroy al-Shabab vehicles in foiled attack

    April 26, 2020

    Somali and the African Union forces on Friday destroyed two al-Shabab explosive vehicles and foiled a suicide bomb attack at the AU mission’s base in Barawe city, about 270kms southwest of Mogadishu. The Somali government said the Somali National Army (SNA) and Ugandan soldiers who are part of AMISOM successfully blew up the two vehicles laden ...

  • Minnesota: Bomb squad called for grenades, other explosives found in Red Wing home

    April 24, 2020

    A Red Wing man faces firearm and drug charges after a search warrant Thursday, April 23, allegedly turned up dozens of weapons, ammo and grenades that necessitated a call to the St. Paul Bomb Squad. Chad Vernon Glasby, 39, was being held on $1 million bail Friday on two counts of a felon in possession of ...

  • UK: Bomb left in front garden in targeted gangland attack in Warrington, Cheshire

    April 24, 2020

    Police have said that an improvised explosive device left in the garden of a home was a targeted attack linked to serious and organised crime. Police were called out to a house on Birtles Road in the Orford area of Warrington at around 2.15pm on April 15. The area was cordoned off and an explosive ordinance disposal team was sent to the ...

  • The Electric Vehicle Revolution Is Finally Hitting the U.S. Army

    April 24, 2020

    The U.S. Army could start purchasing electric versions of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, the Pentagon’s new replacement for the Humvee. The Army believes that the gradual shift from liquid fuel powered engines to electric engines could force it to electrify its wheeled vehicles. The service cites both logistical but also economic reasons why a ...

  • Dozens die in clashes across Afghanistan as US struggles to broker Taliban ceasefire

    April 23, 2020

    Clashes between Afghan forces and Taliban militants killed dozens nationwide over the past 24 hours, authorities said on Wednesday, even as the United States tries to broker peace talks between the warring sides. Eight security force members were killed in a Taliban attack on a checkpoint at the Mes Aynak Copper Mine in eastern Logar province on Tuesday ...