News – August 2020


  • Virginia: Officials find explosives in safe at Villages at Garst Creek

    August 31, 2020

    Officials say what was uncovered was not dynamite, but rather explosives that could have been cobbled together from fireworks. Investigators believe someone could have been trying to put those together with other materials that were found in the safe to make a bomb. The intent is still unclear. There is no present threat to the public, ...

  • From identification to a chemical fingerprint for explosives in forensic research

    August 31, 2020

    The police frequently encounter explosives in their forensic investigations related to criminal and terrorist activities. Chemical analysis of explosives can yield valuable tactical information for police and counter-terrorist units. Within the compass of her doctoral research, Karlijn Bezemer has developed a new generation of tools which can be used to not only identify signature properties ...

  • Egyptian military kills 77 terrorists in northern Sinai: report

    August 31, 2020

    The Egyptian military has killed 77 militants in anti-terrorism operations conducted from July 22 to August 30 in a crackdown against Islamist extremists in the northern Sinai Peninsula, the General Command of the Egyptian Armed Forces (EAF) said Sunday, cited by outlet Arab News. Two of those militants were considered “extremely dangerous,” the report noted, as ...

  • India: Modi lauds role of Army dogs, calls for adopting native breeds

    August 31, 2020

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday pitched his ‘vocal for local’ campaign in an entirely new domain – that of the canines. Calling for the adoption of “fabulous” Indian dog breeds, Modi said they are cheaper to raise and adapt better to the Indian environment even as he revealed that the Indian security forces too ...

  • UK: Unexploded bomb from 1940s detonated near Shoebury Barge Pier

    August 31, 2020

    A highly explosive bomb found off the coast of Shoebury was detonated by the army. Southend Coastguard dealt with the unexploded ordnance near the Barge Pier in Shoebury over the weekend. The suspicious object was found by observant Community Safety Officers post inspection of a vessel that was lodged underneath Barge Pier who notified Southend Coastguard. The coastguard ...

  • India: Arrested Islamic State Terrorist Abu Yusuf Khan Has Hyderabad Links

    August 31, 2020

    The Special Cell of Delhi Police arrested an ISIS operative Abu Yusuf Khan after a brief encounter near Ring Road between Karol Bagh and Dhaula Khan in Delhi on August 21. The police recovered two Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), weighing approximately 15 kilograms in two pressure cookers, from his possession. A pistol was also recovered ...

  • 1 Killed, 1 Wounded in Kabul Blast

    August 30, 2020

    At least one person was killed, and another was wounded in a blast in Kabul on Saturday night, Kabul police confirmed. The incident happened around 7:40 pm local time in Qala-e-Mir Abbas in PD9 of Kabul city as security forces searched a suspected house. During the search “a home-made mine exploded that killed one and injured ...

  • UK: Salisbury roads reopened as grenade pulled from river

    August 30, 2020

    A gand grenade believed to be from the Second World War has been pulled out of a river in Salisbury. At around 5.15pm Wiltshire Police announced a road closure on Facebook, asking the public to avoid the surrounding area if possible. It was then revealed that a member of the public called the police to report the ...

  • DHS Awards $1 Million to Support Machine Learning Development for Airport Security

    August 28, 2020

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE S&T Public Affairs, 202-254-2385 Washington, D.C. – With a growing need to improve the security, efficiency and accuracy of passenger and baggage screening, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program is working with a small business to advance explosive detection equipment. Synthetik Applied Technologies was awarded funding to develop machine learning training ...

  • 13 civilians killed in Afghanistan IED explosion

    August 28, 2020

    Thirteen civilians, including six children, were killed in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province on Friday, an official said. “The victims – six children, two women and five men – were admitted to the Spin Boldak district hospital following the explosion,” said Ahmad Jawid Afghan, Director of the hospital. Local residents said the ...

  • UK: Man charged with terrorism offences had IED ingredients

    August 28, 2020

      A former Army employee charged with terrorism and explosive offences had the ingredients to make an improvised explosive device (IED), a court heard. Dean Morrice, 33, of Paulton, Somerset, was arrested under the Terrorism Act on 20 August and his property searched. Police found the components for the pyrotechnic composition thermite, ball bearings and metal pipes, Westminster ...

  • Honolulu airport’s Kajla named top dog in TSA’s cute canine contest

    August 28, 2020

    Kajla, a 5-year-old Vizsla who works at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport, has been voted national winner of the 2020 TSA’s Cutest Canine Contest, the Transportation Security Administration announced this week. Kajla, who works as an explosive detection canine, was one of four TSA canine candidates vying for the agency’s cutest dog, but also ranked top ...

  • Ireland: Gardaí and Army Bomb Disposal Unit remove suspicious device from premises in Ballinasloe

    August 28, 2020

    Galway Bay fm newsroom – A suspicious device found at a premises in Ballinasloe this afternoon has been deemed non-viable by army experts Gardaí and the Army Bomb Disposal Unit removed the suspicious device from the premises in Hymany Park at approximately 1:30 this afternoon. An examination of the scene took place and the device were removed ...

  • UK DASA to host innovation investment networking forum

    August 27, 2020

    The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) will be hosting an online Access to Mentoring and Finance (A2MF) Forum event on Wednesday 16 September 2020. DASA will be joined by the NATO Innovation Unit, KX Ventures and Foresight Williams to discuss how businesses, entrepreneurs, and innovators can obtain investment and take advantage of network opportunities. The event will ...

  • UN convoy hit by explosion in northern Iraq

    August 27, 2020

    The United Nations said one of its convoys was hit by an explosion Wednesday in northern Iraq; there were few other details. Two UN employees were reported injured. Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, who heads the UN’s Iraq mission, told the UN Security Council via videoconference that an improvised explosive device had detonated near the convoy. “Conditions for humanitarian ...

  • Pakistan: Three held with explosives in Charsadda

    August 27, 2020

    The police claimed on Wednesday to have arrested three terrorists and recovered explosives from their possession in Shabqadar area here on Wednesday. Officials said Luqman Khan, Bakht Rayan and Mohammad Taj had association with a banned organisation, and were planning attacks during Muharram. They said the terrorists had been handed over to the Counter-Terrorism Department for interrogation. Read ...

  • Afghanistan: ASF Foil Plotted Terrorist Attack on Muharram Rituals

    August 27, 2020

    Afghan Special Forces in an operation nabbed a group of nine people, including a woman, who plotted attacks on Muharram rituals in Police District 5 of the Kabul city Wednesday night, Ministry of Interior said in a statement. The operation was carried at PD5 of Kabul city, where the security officials were able to arrest at ...

  • Nanotechnology for explosives trace detection

    August 26, 2020

    Whether it’s an airport screening station or in-the-field terrorism investigations, trace detection of explosives – which are chemical compounds – generally involves the collection of vapor or particulate samples from these chemicals and analyzing them using a sensitive sensor system. Explosive trace detection (ETD) is a challenging task. As the name suggests, ‘trace’ refers to quantities ...

  • Philippines: Citizens help unearth IEDs

    August 26, 2020

    Concerned citizens tipped off the military to unearth improvised explosive devices in different sites in Pantukan. The latest was on August 20 at Sitio Lusang, Barangay Napnapan, where soldiers of the 28th Infantry Battalion unburied a five-kilo IED that was placed in a nylon sack. According to the report, the concerned citizen saw a person, who is ...

  • Registration is now closing for the 3rd Annual Military Robotics and Autonomous Systems [Virtual] Conference next week

    August 26, 2020

    SMi Group Reports: The highly anticipated Military Robotics and Autonomous Systems Conference is taking place in less than one week The Military Robotics and Autonomous Systems Conference will commence on the 2nd-3rd September 2020 as a fully interactive virtual meeting. With over 140 delegates from 12 different nations, the event is a key calendar date for ...