News – February 2017

IS using suicide attacks on ‘industrial scale’
February 28, 2017
Almost 300 Islamic State (IS) militants have killed themselves in suicide attacks in Mosul since Iraqi forces started an offensive to recapture the city in October.

Australian arrested on charges of helping ISIS develop missile tech
February 28, 2017
Dozens of police, including a dog squad and some officers with metal detectors, raided a property in Young, about 270 km (170 miles) southwest of Sydney.

Clearing land mines requires building trust: JMC
February 28, 2017
Despite the ceasefire pact signed in 2015 between the government and eight ethnic armed groups, land mine clearance continues to lag.

Sindh Bomb Disposal Squad to get 5 robots and other advanced gadgets
February 27, 2017
Sindh Police authorities have allowed the Bomb Disposal Squad to procure the gadgets, robots and machinery worth millions of rupees.

‘IRA’ says it planted bomb under PSNI officer’s car in Derry
February 27, 2017
The republican group known as the ‘IRA’ has claimed responsibility for a bomb planted under a PSNI officer’s car in Derry last week.

Indonesian police kill bomber, investigate for link to IS sympathizers
February 27, 2017
Indonesian police killed a militant on Monday after he detonated a small bomb in the city of Bandung and authorities said they were investigating whether he had links to a radical network sympathetic to Islamic State.

Bomb targets bus in Bahrain, wounding 5 police officers
February 27, 2017
Authorities in Bahrain say five police officers have been wounded in a bomb attack that targeted a bus in the island nation.

Sweden supermarket evacuated after ‘hand grenade’ found inside police HQ bin
February 27, 2017
The bomb squad moved in to remove the dangerous object found in a rubbish bin at about 10.30am near the police headquarters in Kista, a district in Stockholm which is the world’s second largest ICT cluster after California’s Silicon Valley.

Kandahar attack which killed UAE officials planned in Pakistan: Afghan official
February 27, 2017
A senior Afghan Interior Ministry official has alleged that a terror attack last month that killed five Emirati diplomats in Kandahar was planned in Pakistan.

ISIS strap suicide vests to puppies in horror footage of sick front line bomb tactic
February 27, 2017
The authenticity of the video is currently unclear but it appears to show Islamic State jihadis, known for their improvisations on the battlefield, have wrapped the tiny animal’s torso with explosives before sending it across the front line.

A Visit with Berlin’s Bomb Squad
February 25, 2017
The work of Berlin’s police bomb squad is veiled in secrecy. A veteran of 23 years offers insight into one of the most dangerous jobs in the world – and the fear that goes along with it.

303rd EOD Soldiers ensure safety, train with Royal Thai Army in Cobra Gold 2017
February 25, 2017
Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians from 716th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, 303rd Explosive Ordnance Battalion, 8th Military Police Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, have spent the past two weeks in Thailand working to ensure a safe training environment for the 3,600 total U.S. Forces at largest Theater Security Cooperation exercise in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, Cobra Gold.

Detroit Bomb Squad’s business is booming
February 25, 2017
The Detroit Police Bomb Squad responded to a record number of calls last year.

The British charity clearing up landmines in Iraq
February 25, 2017
As Western-backed Iraqi troops retake Mosul, families are returning to their homes, despite the deadly threat posed by Isil’s booby traps and landmines. Meanwhile a group of volunteers are risking their lives to clear them

Terror bid foiled; explosives, ammunition seized in Peshawar
February 25, 2017
A terrorist bid was foiled in the provincial capital on Friday as police and security forces during raids recovered improvised explosive devices (IEDs), hand-grenades and ammunition in the limits of the Chamkani Police Station.

Air Force buys mysterious $15m Israeli ‘drone killer’ kits to fight DIY ISIS UAVs
February 24, 2017
The US Air Force is spending $15m on a mysterious drone killing system from an Israeli firm.

Seven things no one tells you before you become a bomb disposal expert
February 24, 2017
During his ten year career in the British Forces, Andy Torbet served in the Army’s Underwater Bomb Disposal Team, helping to disarm explosives in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Kim Jong-nam killed by VX nerve agent, say Malaysian police
February 24, 2017
Kuala Lumpur airport terminal to be decontaminated after deadly attack on North Korean leader’s half-brother

Malta: Resources for the safety of citizens
February 24, 2017
The recent spate of killings and mutilations as a result of bomb explosions on Malta’s streets has inevitably raised public concern. There were three such explosions in 2016 alone.

15th MEU’s bomb squad annihilates IED threat
February 22, 2017
EOD Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 15 conducted IED training with a Percussion Actuated Neutralizer, aboard Camp Pendleton, Feb. 22, 2017.

Homemade bomb found in Limerick city late last night
February 22, 2017
Army explosive experts made safe a homemade bomb that was found in the centre of Limerick city early this morning.

Bomb explodes at police officer’s Londonderry home
February 22, 2017
A bomb has exploded outside the home of a serving police officer in Londonderry as Army technical officers were trying to defuse it, police have confirmed.

Russian Scientists Learn How to Identify Suspected Terrorists by Their Walk
February 22, 2017
Researchers at the National Research Nuclear University/Moscow Engineering Physics Institute are developing a computer program capable of recognizing unusual behavior by an individual in a crowd environment, including by his or her manner of walking.

‘INLA’ pipe bombs and ammunition found in west Belfast house
February 21, 2017
Pipe bombs and ammunition, thought to be linked to the Irish National Liberation Army (INLA), have been found at house in the Conway Street area of west Belfast.

Egyptian man claims to find missile launcher in rubbish heap outside Cairo airport
February 20, 2017
An Egyptian man claims to have found a shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missile launcher lying in a heap of rubbish next to Cairo’s main international airport.

4 Russian servicemen killed in car blast in Syria
February 20, 2017
Four Russian servicemen were killed in Syria on February 16, when a radio controlled bomb targeting a Syrian military convoy exploded, the Russian Defense Ministry has said in a statement.

At least 75 killed in suicide attack at Pakistani shrine
February 17, 2017
At least 75 people were killed in a suicide attack Thursday at Pakistan’s packed Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine in the southern city of Sehwan in Sindh province.

Troops capture NPA rebel; roadside bombing foiled
February 17, 2017
Government troops have captured a New People’s Army (NPA) rebel and foiled an NPA roadside bombing attempt in Mindanao

Fifteen Iraqi police officers successfully complete IED Defeat course
February 16, 2017
The United Nations Mine Action Service, the Government of Japan and the Ministry of Interior in Iraq held a certification ceremony for fifteen Iraqi police officers who have successfully completed the Improvised Explosive Devices Defeat Course.

India saw more bombings than Iraq, Pakistan did in 2016
February 16, 2017
The number of bombings in India exceeded those in war-torn Iraq and Afghanistan, and even Pakistan, during 2016, states a report quoted by the Indian media.

Blitz raid in Tirana, 45 kg of explosives seized
February 16, 2017
45 kg of explosives, 5 pieces of plastic explosive (C4), 5 boxes with aluminum detonators, 10 defensive grenades, a plastic bag filled with homemade explosive powder and other materials were seized by Tirana Police.

RAF Brize Norton Receives New Aviation Security Screening Equipment
February 15, 2017
RAF Brize Norton has become the first Unit to take delivery of brand new state-of-the-art security screening equipment, which has been installed within the airport terminal.

Raiders ‘blow up’ cash machine at night in Hillingdon
February 14, 2017
A “huge explosion” was reported in west London last night after a cash machine was allegedly blown up on a quiet street.

Pakistani bomb disposal commander killed in blast in Quetta city
February 14, 2017
A top Pakistani bomb squad officer has been killed along with another policeman while trying to defuse a bomb in the southwestern city of Quetta, police said on Tuesday.

Security forces seize 400 IEDs east of Ramadi
February 14, 2017
A source in Anbar Operations Command revealed, that security forces discovered a cache of weapons containing 400 improvised explosive devices, east of Ramadi.

Man charged after ‘explosive’ package found at Manchester Airport
February 13, 2017
A man has been charged with making or possessing an explosive under suspicious circumstances after a suspect package was discovered at Manchester Airport.

Deadly bomb blast at Pakistan protest rally in Lahore kills 13
February 13, 2017
A group linked to the Pakistani Taliban says it carried out the attack outside the Punjab provincial assembly building.

NC man arrested with improvised explosive device in Virginia
February 12, 2017
A North Carolina man was arrested for having an improvised explosive device after he was pulled over while driving in Virginia.

Islamic State chlorine bomb expert mysteriously killed in western Mosul
February 12, 2017
An Islamic State militant, the group’s chlorine bombs expert, was killed mysteriously in western Mosul as the group builds up defenses anticipating a security offensive.

Sri Lankan Army CBRN Response Squadron contributes to Course on Chemical Incidents
February 11, 2017
Members of the Army Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Response Squadron took part as resource personnel in the Basic Training Course on Emergency Response at Chemical Incidents.

15th MEU prepares to counter chemical weapon threats
February 10, 2017
Five days may not seem like a lot of time, but during this time the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit accomplished significant milestones that will provide the U.S. and its allies the best capabilities during their WESTPAC 17-2 deployment.

Three improvised explosive devices found in Naas bomb squad search
February 9, 2017
Three suspect improvised explosive devices were found during the army bomb disposal unit’s search on the outskirts of Naas.

The Freedom of Belfast would be fitting tribute to courage of 321 EOD
February 8, 2017
Twenty bomb disposal officers died in the line of duty during the Troubles and it’s only right that we remember their sacrifice

Germany: Do Islamists plan a chemical attack on drinking water?
February 8, 2017
A chemical attack on the drinking water supply of apartment buildings, or on foodstuffs, is seen as a “realistic option”. Also, possible attacks against facilities or transports for the chemical industry had “a high-risk potential”.

Need for Clearance of Landmines and Other Explosive Hazards Remains Acute
February 6, 2017
The United Nations Mine Action Service is appealing for more than half-a-billion dollars, a 50 percent increase from last year’s appeal, to clear landmines and other explosive hazards in 22 countries and territories.

Children pay the price of Afghan conflict
February 6, 2017
In 2016, children comprised 86% of all civilian casualties caused by the detonation of explosive remnants of war, making it the second leading cause of child casualties after ground engagements.

NATO launches training effort in Iraq
February 5, 2017
NATO launched a new training programme in Iraq on Sunday (5 February 2017), teaching Iraqi security forces to counter Improvised Explosive Devices (IED). Around 30 enlisted soldiers are participating in the first five-week course.

Man tosses explosive device into crowded Southern California restauran
February 3, 2016
Panic erupted at a Southern California Cheesecake Factory on Thursday night after a man tossed in improvised explosive device, police said.

Security forces recover IED in gas cylinder in Jammu and Kashmir
February 3, 2017
Security forces today averted a major tragedy by recovering an improvised explosive device (IED) in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district, police said.

ISIS bomb expert accidentally blows himself up
February 2, 2017
A senior bomb expert from the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) blew himself up while planting a roadside bomb.

Punjab twin IED blasts: 3 more children die of injuries, toll rises to six
February 2, 2017
Three more children, who were grievously hurt in the high-intensity twin explosions that occurred during a political road show at Maur in Punjab’s Bathinda district on Tuesday night.

Islamic State turns to drones to direct suicide car bombers
February 1, 2017
Faced with a diminishing number of fighters, the Islamic State group is relying on retrofitted commercial drones to guide suicide car bombers to their targets and to launch small-scale airstrikes on Iraqi forces.

303rd EOD experts enhance relations, share capabilities with Japan
February 1, 2017
Showcasing equipment and several tools employed by U.S. Army EOD teams, the 65th OD Co. team demonstrated the capabilities of a few robots as well as the equipment used to X-ray IEDs