News – April 2020


  • Polish Army receives first RPP EOD Robot

    April 10, 2020

      Delivery of the first Portable Patrol Robot (Robot Patrolowo Przenośny – RPP) 1806 engineer unmanned ground vehicle, was announced on 2nd March 2020 by the robot’s manufacturer, Lukasiewicz – PIAP Institute as well as its future user, the Polish Ministry of Defense (MoD). The first batch of 18 RPP robots will be delivered to the 2nd ...

  • Myanmar: Landmine conflict leaves villagers and local leaders with no answers

    April 10, 2020

    Ye Township in the far south of Mon State and Ye PhyuTownship in the Tanintharyi region is home to the Karen, Mon, Dawei, and Burmese ethnic nationalities. The majority of Mon peoples earn a living through plantations growing rubber, betel nut, durian, and other types of fruits. Ethnic armed organizations such as New Mon State Party ...

  • Red Devils host counter-IED training event

    April 10, 2020

    Wolf Pack first responders participated in an interagency training event hosted by the 8th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal flight at Kunsan Air Base, April 8. The training event focused on emergency procedures and response actions in regards to a simulated improvised explosive device placed at the base post office. “For the training, we placed a ...

  • Roadside bomb kills 2 Pakistani soldiers near Afghan border

    April 10, 2020

    A roadside bomb exploded near a Pakistani paramilitary vehicle in restive southwestern Baluchistan province Friday, killing two soldiers who were clearing the area for fencing the border with Afghanistan, two intelligence officials said. Two other persons were also wounded in the blast near the Chaman border, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity as ...

  • NATO strengthens support for United Nations peacekeepers

    April 9, 2020

    At their meeting on April 2, NATO Foreign Ministers agreed to enhance practical cooperation with the United Nations (UN) through a package of capacity building support to UN peacekeeping. NATO and UN staff conducted a joint visit to the UN Regional Service Centre in Entebbe, Uganda in February 2020. NATO will provide specialist support in the development ...

  • Three killed in central Mali roadside bomb blast

    April 9, 2020

    A regional government official was travelling in a military convoy in the volatile centre of the country when his vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb, killing him. Three people, including a government official, were killed Thursday in a roadside bomb attack in central Mali, the government said, as fresh violence hits the war-torn West African ...

  • Texas: Man arrested after officials find pipe bomb in his Universal City motel room

    April 8, 2020

    A man has been arrested after officials found a pipe bomb and other explosive materials in his Universal City motel room. Bexar County Fire Marshal Deputies, along with Universal City Police, executed an arrest warrant at the Super 8 Motel in the 200 block of Palisades Drive on Wednesday for Faleide Joshua Conan. Conan had been on ...

  • PKK roadside bomb kills 5 civilians in SE Turkey’s Diyarbakır

    April 8, 2020

    Five civilians were killed after PKK terrorists attacked a group of agricultural laborers heading to collect wood in the southeastern Diyarbakır province, the governor’s office said in a statement Wednesday. The attack took place on the road between Kulp and Hazro districts near Güleç neighborhood when PKK terrorists detonated a roadside bomb, the statement read. Ambulances were ...

  • United States Designates Russian Imperial Movement and Leaders as Global Terrorists

    April 7, 2020

    The State Department has designated the Russian Imperial Movement (RIM) and members of its leadership as Specially Designated Global Terrorists, the first time in history the Department has designated a white supremacist terrorist group. As President Trump has said, “In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry, and white supremacy.” With today’s action, we are ...

  • Cyprus: Thieves use explosives to rob ATM in Limassol

    April 7, 2020

    Thieves damaged an ATM with an explosive device in Ayia Fyla, Limassol and got away with a sum of money early on Tuesday. The perpetrators broke the side window of the bank to gain access at 3.20am. First investigations suggest they were two people who left on a motorbike. Police are looking into the possibility the thieves are ...

  • Philippines: NPA’s bombs recovered in Samar

    April 7, 2020

    Four improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were discovered by the elements of the 46th Infantry Battalion (46IB), 8th Infantry Division (8ID), foiling the alleged planned attack of the New People’s Army (NPA) on government forces in the Calbiga, Samar,  Monday. The military received information from a concerned civilian that the NPA rebels were planning to ambush using ...

  • Ukraine: OSCE SMM Chief Monitor Çevik reiterates need for mine action in Donbas

    April 7, 2020

    As the world marks the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, the Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine, Yaşar Halit Çevik, and the OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Ukraine, Henrik Villadsen, reiterated the importance and urgency of conducting mine action in eastern Ukraine. “In light of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ ...

  • Bengal: One dead after two groups clash with crude bombs, guns over quarantine centre

    April 6, 2020

    One person died after two groups of villagers clashed with each other and hurled crude bombs over setting up of a quarantine centre at Talibpur village in West Bengal’s Birbhum district. Seven people have been arrested by Panrui police. “There was a clash between two groups in the village last night. One person succumbed to bomb ...

  • Why healthcare workers are at risk of moral injury

    April 6, 2020

    It is widely known that veterans can return from war with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Far less appreciated is moral injury – a trauma wrapped up in guilt that we are now learning more about thanks to US-based research, writes James Jeffrey. Moral injury most often occurs when a person commits, fails to prevent or witnesses ...

  • How the National Guard dresses for COVID-19 and other disasters

    April 6, 2020

    We got a virtual tour of the gear on hand at a Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team. The coronavirus pandemic has understandably spurred millions to think about how they protect themselves—and others—in public spaces. And now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is advocating for people to wear cloth masks to help stop anyone who ...

  • UK: Bomb squad and police called to Tesco supermarket in Farnworth

    April 5, 2020

    A bomb disposal squad and police were called to a supermarket in Farnworth after a suspected explosives attack. Members of the Army’s Royal Logistic Corps’ Bomb Disposal unit were called to the Tesco superstore in Long Causeway at around 9.30am yesterday morning. A heavy police presence was also reported as crime scene investigators and other ...

  • New Hampshire: Alert issued for person wanted in connection with Dearborn Street explosion

    April 5, 2020

    Police have named a suspect in connection with an early-morning fire on Dearborn Street through a NH State Police BOLO or “Be On the Lookout” order. Meanwhile, Manchester Police and the state bomb squad assisted the Manchester Fire Marshal’s office in sifting through piles of debris left at the scene of the fire at 37 Dearborn ...

  • “Helping survivors, that fulfils me as a person”: Mine Action Worker Shares her Mission

    April 4, 2020

    On International Mine Awareness Day, the Sarajevo Times celebrates the work of a woman who has devoted the last twenty years of her life to mine action in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Marija Trlin began working in mine action in the year 2000 in the field of donor relations, before later joining the Mine Detection Dog Centre ...

  • Land mines still a global threat, despite fewer deaths

    April 4, 2020

    Land mines and cluster bombs have turned war zones into deathtrap for decades. Thousands of civilians are accidentally killed each year, but international efforts have turned the tide against these deadly time bombs. “The worst are those that are buried in the ground. When I found my first mine, I was afraid, tense and full of ...

  • International Mine Awareness Day – Secretary-General’s Message

    April 4, 2020

    Decades ago, millions of landmines were buried in countries across the world. From Cambodia to Mozambique, in Angola and in Afghanistan, thousands of lives were lost, with others altered forever because of one unlucky step. The outcry by civil society in the early 1990s drove the multilateral system to take a stand against the use ...