News – August 2019


  • Philippines: Military seizes NPA bomb factory

    August 20, 2019

    A camp used by the New People’s Army to manufacture homemade explosives was over ran by joint forces of the military and police in Sitio Cabilocan, Barangay Cabadiagan, Sipalay City, Negros Occidental. After receiving reports on the presence of armed men in the area, a joint combat operation was launched early Sunday morning composed of troopers ...

  • Fermanagh bomb attack ‘deliberate attempt’ to murder police, says PSNI

    August 19, 2019

      The PSNI believes officers were lured to the site of the suspected dissident bomb attack in Co Fermanagh in attempt to kill and injure them. PSNI deputy chief constable Stephen Martin told a press conference in Belfast: “The threat from Northern Ireland-related terrorism has not decreased and has remained at severe since 2009. “Today we have seen ...

  • Pakistan: Resurgent Terror In North Waziristan – Analysis

    August 19, 2019

    Two Security Force (SF) personnel were killed in an improvised explosive device (IED) explosion in Laddha tehsil (revenue unit) of North Waziristan District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) on August 17, 2019. Three SF personnel were killed and another was injured in a terrorist attack on the Malkan SF checkpost in the Razmak area of North Waziristan District on ...

  • Sri Lanka: Germany grants 4m Euros for mine clearance

    August 19, 2019

    The German Federal Foreign Office (GFFO) provides 4 million Euros (approx. LKR 800m) for demining in affected areas of the Northern and Eastern Provinces. The GFFO made this decision in light of Sri Lanka’s accession to the Ottawa Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention to assist Sri Lanka to be a mine-impact free country by 2020. It will be ...

  • Armed attacks escalate in Myanmar northern Shan state

    August 19, 2019

    Three combined armed groups continued to launch attack on Kutkai, a town in Myanmar’s northern Shan state, with heavy weapons on Sunday but retreated with heavy losses as the government forces repulsed them, according to a news release of the Defense Services on Monday. The attack involved about 150 members of the three Northern Alliance armed ...

  • Israel: Unknown assailants detonate bomb in Bnei Brak apartment building; no injuries

    August 19, 2019

    Police exploring possible attempt to threaten senior municipal officials living in the building; stun grenade thrown at Netivot mayor’s home A bomb blew up in an apartment building stairwell in the central city of Bnei Brak on Sunday night, damaging the building. No one was hurt in the incident, as no residents were in the stairwell at ...

  • Yemen rebel drone attack targets remote Saudi oil field

    August 18, 2019

    Saudi Arabia describes the damage as a “limited fire” in the second such recent attack on its crucial energy industry. Houthi spokesman says rebels launched 10 bomb-laden drones targeting the field in their “biggest-ever” operation; threatens more attacks coming. Drones launched by Yemen’s Houthi rebels attacked a massive oil and gas field deep inside Saudi Arabia’s ...

  • Pakistan: At least 3 killed in roadside IED blast in Upper Dir: police

    August 18, 2019

    At least three people were killed after a bomb went off in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Upper Dir district on Sunday. The blast, which occurred in the Gumadand area of the Sheringal tehsil, left at least a dozen people injured, said police. Upper Dir District Police Officer (DPO) Naseeb Jan confirmed the incident saying that three people had been ...

  • PKK roadside bomb kills 1 in southeast Turkey’s Hakkari

    August 18, 2019

    At least one civilian was killed Sunday in a roadside bomb explosion in Turkey’s southeastern Hakkari province, authorities said. In a statement, the provincial governor’s office said a vehicle was passing through the Çatalca neighborhood in Semdinli district when the improvised explosive device planted by PKK terrorists went off. A large counterterrorism operation was launched following the ...

  • Roadside blast kills 12 civilians in Afghanistan

    August 18, 2019

    A roadside bomb explosion claimed lives of at least 12 civilians in northern Afghanistan on Sunday, an official said. Mohammad Yosuf, governor of Dawlat Abad district in Balkh province, said a mini-bus carrying civilians hit the roadside improvised explosive device in the Barbar village early in the morning. He blamed the Taliban for planting the bomb. The district ...

  • Bomb blast at wedding party in Kabul, Afghanistan kills 63 and injures 182 more

    August 18, 2019

    Sixty-three people have died and 182 are injured after an explosion ripped through a wedding hall in the Afghan capital of Kabul. The blast happened at the Dubai City venue in the west of the city, which is home to many members of the Shiite Hazara community, with hundreds thought to be inside. The interior ministry confirmed ...

  • Bomb squad in Dublin estate after suspected pipe bomb discovered taped to car door

    August 15, 2019

    Gaedai have sealed off an area of Coolock in north Dublin after a suspected pipe bomb was found taped to a car. The Defence Forces bomb squad has arrived at the area and a section of the Greencastle Drive estate at around 9am this morning. Pictures from the scene show the device taped to the driver’s side ...

  • Explosive find at the Kremlin: WWII bomb discovered during construction work

    August 15, 2019

    An aircraft bomb that remained buried underground for almost 80 years was found by construction workers at the Kremlin, the official residence of the Russian president. The discovery was made during soil reinforcement at the Taynitsky Garden, a park area located within the walls of the medieval fortress near the banks of the Moskva River. Located in ...

  • U.S., Allied Forces Launch EOD Exercise HYDRACRAB

    August 14, 2019

    In a first-of-its-kind event, expeditionary forces from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States arrived in Guam August 14 to conduct Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) training in exercise HYDRACRAB. HYDRACRAB brings together more than 100 Sailors from four Indo-Pacific nations to sharpen skills and strengthen practical cooperation for EOD-related skillsets. The exercise takes place on ...

  • Soldier hurt in Patikul, Sulu blast

    August 13, 2019

    Two explosions rocked Patikul town in Sulu Tuesday, August 13, hurting a soldier. Army Major John Arvin Encinas, Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) spokesperson, identified the injured soldier as Army Corporal Rene M. Mediana, a K9 handler of the 43rd Infantry Battalion. Encinas said Mediana was hit in the second explosion. “He suffered multiple shrapnel wounds on the lower ...

  • Afghan Special Forces destroy suicide bombers training center in Logar province

    August 13, 2019

    The Afghan Special Forces destroyed a training center of the suicide bombers during an operation in central Logar province. The 203rd Thunder Corps said in a statement the Special Forces destroyed the suicide bombers training center in Tagab area of Baraki Barak district. The statement further added that the Special Forces also killed 8 Taliban militants during ...

  • Philippines: Westmincom on guard against suicide bombings

    August 12, 2019

    The Islamic State-inspired Abu Sayyaf group and foreign militants that are with them are planning more suicide bombings after their June 28 attack in Sulu, the chief of the military’s Western Mindanao Command said Monday. “So we have monitored that they will continue to do it,” Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana told a local TV station here. Sobejana assured ...

  • Army bomb disposal unit carried out controlled explosion of grenade at building site in Deepcut

    August 12, 2019

    A bomb disposal unit carried out a controlled explosion of a “legacy grenade” at a building site in Deepcut. The Army’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal team were called to a building site close to Aisne Road in Deepcut at around 2pm on Friday (August 9) at the request of Surrey Police. The bomb disposal unit found a grenade at the site that ...

  • Leicestershire: ‘Unexploded devices’ found in river near King Power Stadium, police cordon off towpath

    August 11, 2019

    People fishing with powerful magnets have once again found what are thought to be unexploded devices in the River Soar in Leicester. A group searching a section of the water near Leicester’s King Power Stadium retrieved what they believed to be two grenades at 3pm. Police sealed off a stretch of the path and contacted the Army’s Explosive Ordinance ...

  • 5 years after IS atrocities, young Yazidis team up to clear explosive hazards in northern Iraq

    August 10, 2019

    After five years of massive atrocities committed against the Yazidi minority by Islamic State (IS) militants in Sinjar region, explosive remnants from the anti-IS war still pose a threat to civilians’ lives in the region. Through a project by the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS), young men and women from the ravaged Yazidi community have teamed ...