News – April 2021


  • Accident blast kills 3 Taliban militants in West Afghanistan

    May 17, 2021

    Three Taliban militants were killed on Monday morning when a homemade improvised roadside bomb they were planting exploded prematurely in Afghanistan’s western Herat province, the local government confirmed. The incident occurred along a district road in Adraskan district, in the south of provincial capital Herat city early Monday, the government said in a statement. Read more… Source: XINHUANET  

  • Afghanistan: 21 people were killed and over 90 wounded in Logar truck bomb explosion

    April 30, 2021

    The deadly truck bomb attack that targeted a guest house in Logar province on Friday evening was widely condemned as a crime against humanity and a terrorist attack against the people of Afghanistan. The Presidential Palace said the “terrorist attack” targeted “innocent people” including students who were seeking to attend university entrance exams in the province. Calling ...

  • Jammu and Kashmir: IED recovered near railway station

    April 30, 2021

    Security forces today recovered Improvised Explosive Device (IED) material in south Kashmir district of Anantnag. Official sources said that a joint part of police and security forces today found a suspicious bag near Railway Station Sadoora in Anantnag. “The area was sealed and the Bomb Disposal Squad was called to check the contents of the bag,” ...

  • The Desert Rats Ready Their Skills for Peacekeeping Mission

    April 30, 2021

    The second UK taskforce to deploy to the United Nations Peacekeeping Operation in Mali is undertaking its final mission rehearsal exercise before deploying. The Desert Rats follow in the footsteps of The Light Dragoons-led taskforce who received a welcome reaction from the local population, with some of the locals asking them “to stay forever”. Lieutenant Colonel Will ...

  • 52nd EOD takes lead in testing Army’s newest bomb suit

    April 30, 2021

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. – Explosive Ordnance Disposal, or EOD, Soldiers put their lives on the line when-ever they’re called into action, and their protective equipment can mean the difference between life and death. Fort Campbell’s 52nd Ordnance Group (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) is playing a major role in pushing that equipment forward as the first unit to ...

  • Nigeria: The Department of State Services has alleged that IPOB is moving bombs and explosives to Imo state.

    April 29, 2021

    In a letter dated April 26, 2021 and sent to the brigade commander of 34 Artillery Brigade, Obinze, Owerri, Imo capital, the DSS alleged that the action of the group is to further destabilise the state. The letter was reportedly titled, ‘Movement of explosive devices into the state by IPOB/ESN’ and signed by one I. Abdullah ...

  • New Jersey: Law enforcement K-9 training event held at MetLife Stadium

    April 29, 2021

    A law enforcement K-9 training event took place on Wednesday at MetLife Stadium. The Regional Explosives Detection Dog Initiative event was hosted by the New Jersey State Police and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The training featured odor recognition trials, operationally relevant scenarios and instruction on explosives, with a focus on domestic threats. Read more… Source: News12BX  

  • Syria: 6 IEDs dismantled W. Deir Ezzor; investigations underway

    April 29, 2021

    Today, De-mining Engineering Teams of the Syrian Democratic Forces managed to dismantle 6 explosive devices, which were prepared for detonation in Al-Kasra area in the western countryside of Deir Ezzor. The Media Center of the Syrian Democratic Forces stated that the engineering teams specialized in mine action went to Al-Kasra area after receiving a notification from ...

  • Representatives of 12 countries discuss mine action in Ukraine

    April 29, 2021

    An international online conference on mine action in Ukraine was held at the Ivan Chernyakhovsky National Defence University of Ukraine with the assistance of the Defence Education Enhancement Programme (DEEP). “The participants discussed the mine action system in Ukraine, the practice of investigating incidents with self-made explosive devices, the existing problems of personnel training methods for ...

  • Afghanistan: 6 civilians injured in Nangarhar explosion

    April 29, 2021

    An explosion in Nangarhar targeted the country’s power distributor company’s ‘Da Afghanistan Breshna Shekrat’ (DABS) employees, sources told media. Four employees of DABS were injured when their vehicle when an IED blast targeted a vehicle. According to reports the incident took place at around 9 am local time in PD3 of Jalalabad city in Nangarhar province.Two civilians ...

  • UNMAS Iraq Programme Report 2020

    April 29, 2021

    Message from the Senior Programme Manager, Mr. Pehr Lodhammar What a tumultuous yet transformative and rewarding year it has been! When I look back at 2020, the challenges brought forth with the emergence and swift transmission of the COVID-19 pandemic seem almost surreal, albeit the resulting disruption to our operations was very much real, bringing with ...

  • Nova Scotia: WWII Air Bomb Found Outside Yarmouth

    April 28, 2021

    A World War II era bomb will be carefully removed Thursday from a pond outside of Yarmouth. The vintage general purpose 500 pound air bomb was discovered in a pond in Chebogue after a call was made to RCMP following its discovery last November. A Maritime Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team has stepped in to recover the bomb, ...

  • Missouri: “Homemade” explosives found at Callaway County conservation area

    April 28, 2021

    Callaway County Sheriff’s deputies say they found two objects that were determined to be explosive related, at the McCredie Lake Conservation Area on Wednesday. According to a release from Sheriff Clay Chism, deputies responded to a “suspicious incident” around 6:50 a.m. A citizen had reported the finding of two suspicious objects on the property, which is ...

  • Pakistan: Police official martyred, eight injured in Qilla Abdullah IED blast

    April 28, 2021

    A policeman was martyred and eight others sustained injuries in an IED explosion on Wednesday in Balochistan`s Qilla Abdullah district. According to Assistant Commissioner Qilla Abdullah, Din Muhammad, the incident occurred in the main market of the town when a remote control device was used to target a police vehicle patrolling the area. Din Muhammad said the ...

  • Turkey: Large cache of explosives seized in Adıyaman Province

    April 28, 2021

    Gendarmerie forces seized a large amount of explosives as part of a domestic anti-terror operation in southeastern Turkey, the interior minister said on Monday. “As part of Operation Eren-5 Bagok: 50 kilograms (110 pounds) of plastic explosives and improvised explosive device ready to detonate were seized in Korukoy countryside in Mardin’s Nusaybin district,” Suleyman Soylu said ...

  • Philippines: Davao City Police Office receives IED robot, van, and bomb-sniffing dog

    April 28, 2021

    The Davao City Police Office (DCPO) received A Hyundai Van to transport the bomb robot, protective equipment and other gears of the Explosive Ordnance Division (EOD). The MK3 DavaoBot is a medium-sized robot designed by Icor Technologies for remote handling of improvised explosive devices. It also helps the SWAT team in reconnaissance missions. Predominantly used by EOD ...

  • Saudi Arabia says it foiled boat attack off Yanbu port

    April 27, 2021

    Saudi Arabia says it intercepted an explosive-laden boat off the Red Sea port of Yanbu after maritime security firms cited “unconfirmed reports” of an attack on a vessel in the area. A Saudi defence ministry statement did not say whether there had been any damage as a result of the operation by the Saudi navy to ...

  • Indiana: Terre Haute IED contained paint thinner, ammo and nails

    April 27, 2021

    A Terre Haute man arrested in connection with an improvised explosive device found outside the Terre Haute Police station early Saturday used paint thinner, ammunition and nails inside a plastic gas container to make the device, according to a court document. Curtis Todd Hogan, 50, is in the Vigo County Jail with bail set at $50,000, ...

  • Some 180 mines, unexploded ordnance defused in Karabakh last week

    April 27, 2021

    Some 82 anti-personnel and 18 anti-tank mines, as well as 79 unexploded ordnance, were found and neutralized on the liberated territories between April 19 and April 24, Azerbaijan’s Mine Action Agency has reported. Some 90.8 hectares of the Azerbaijani territories liberated from the Armenian occupation were cleared of mines last week, the report added. Meanwhile, Day.az said, ...

  • Afghanistan: Police Commander Killed in Kandahar Blast

    April 26, 2021

    Waris Achikzai, a commander of Kandahar’s police special forces, was killed in a blast in Maiwand district on Sunday night, a source said. The incident occurred in Maiwand district after a vehicle was struck by a roadside mine, the source said, adding that “Basir Achikzai, police chief of Zherai district, was also in the same vehicle ...

  • Kenya Deploys KDF Troops to DR Congo for Peacekeeping Mission

    April 26, 2021

    Kenya is set to deploy Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in a mission to enhance peace and stability. According to an agreement between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his DRC counterpart Felix Tshisekedi, the troops will be deployed to the eastern part of the Central African country. The deployed troops will work ...

  • Afghanistan: Huge cache of ammunition and explosives seized in Logar province

    April 26, 2021

    Huge cache of ammunition & explosives seized during a joint search operation of the GCPSU & Afghan Commandos in Ab Bazak village, Mohammad Agha district of Logar province. A Taliban bomb making factory was also destroyed & 16 roadside bombs, 250kg of explosives & some amount of ammunition seized as well. https://twitter.com/moiafghanistan/status/1386571873396350977 Source: Ministry Of Interior Affairs, Afghanistan  

  • Michigan high school student accidentally sets off homemade bomb, injuring 6

    April 26, 2021

    Six individuals have been reportedly injured when a Michigan student accidentally set off a homemade explosive system inside a classroom on Monday morning. The 16-year-old student who detonated the system, 4 different college students and a trainer have been all damage within the inadvertent blast at Newaygo High School, police informed MLive.com. Police didn’t instantly disclose what ...

  • Ukraine: State Emergency Service personnel evacuated from mine clearance site in Hnutove due to shelling

    April 26, 2021

    As a result of the shelling, the personnel of the pyrotechnic divisions of the State Emergency Service were evacuated from the mine clearance site in Hnutove, Donetsk region, the press service of the State Emergency Service has said. “On April 26, from about 8:00 to 8:40, as a result of violation of the ceasefire regime, shelling ...

  • Mexican Cartels Weaponize Drones to Drop IEDs

    April 25, 2021

    Drug cartels fighting a fierce turf war in western Mexico began weaponizing commercial drones by turning them into delivery systems for improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Breitbart Texas obtained exclusive photographs of the explosives devices and the methods used by cartel operators. This week, Mexican authorities confirmed that two police officers in Michoacán were injured by an ...

  • Afghan Air Forces targeted and eliminated a Taliban’s car bomb in Kandahar; ANA destroyed 37 IEDs across Afghanistan

    April 25, 2021

    Afghan Air Forces targeted and eliminated a Taliban’s car bomb in Panjwai district of Kandahar province, today. By the elimination of the car bomb a major terrorist attack was prevented and the lives of dozens innocent #civilians were saved. https://twitter.com/MoDAfghanistan/status/1386385077911703553 90 Taliban were killed and 17 others were wounded in Laghman, Ningarhar, Wardak, Badghis, Helmand and Kandahar ...

  • UAE begins first flights to support counter-terrorism operations in the Sahel

    April 25, 2021

    The UAE has launched “logistical support flights” as part of French-led counter-terror operations in the African Sahel. The first flight took off from Abu Dhabi watched by Maj. Gen. Saleh Mohammed Al-Ameri, commander of joint operations at the Ministry of Defense, and Xavier Chatel, France’s ambassador to the UAE. Maj. Gen. Al-Ameri said the UAE’s efforts would ...