News – August 2020


  • Russian Army develops system to detect suicide bombers in crowds using Syrian experience

    August 26, 2020

    Servicemen of the Russian Ground Forces’ Fifth Scientific Regiment developed a system to detect the so-called suicide belts in crowded areas, using experience gained in Syria. The new system is presented at the Army-2020 international military and technical forum. The new system includes a set of sensors, software and a mobile operator’s dashboard. It is capable ...

  • Philippines: Soldiers kill IED courier on a bombing mission in Maguindanao

    August 26, 2020

    Army intelligence agents killed in a shootout before dawn Wednesday a bomber carrying a powerful improvised explosive device. The still unidentified motorcycle-riding IED courier was shot dead by personnel of the Army’s 602nd Brigade while en route to the center of Datu Montawal town in the second district of Maguindanao. The bomber’s companion driving their motorcycle had ...

  • Australia allocates AUS$ 800,000 for landmine clearance in Sri Lanka

    August 26, 2020

    The new commitment will go to MAG International, an organisation working to destroy landmines and help people rebuild their lives after conflict. According to MAG, Australia’s funds will transform an additional 190,000 square meters of contaminated ground into a sustainable, productive and safe source for almost 8,000 people. Australian Deputy High Commissioner Victoria Coakley said ...

  • DHS S&T Transitions Next-Generation Explosives Trace Detection Technology to DARPA

    August 25, 2020

    Explosive materials pose a threat whether they are used by domestic bad actors or in a theater of war and staying ahead of our adversaries is a job that the Departments of Homeland Security and Defense share. Our research and development work is no different. Most recently, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology ...

  • Afghanistan: Balkh Blast Claims 2, Injures 35 Civilians

    August 25, 2020

    At least two civilians are killed and further 35 injured, as a vehicle fully loaded with Improvised Explosive Devices went off early Tuesday morning near veterinary clinic in Balkh district of Balkh province, said Shaheen Military Corps head Mohammad Hanif Rezaie. The authorities identified the vehicle, saying the attacked was carried on by a Mazda at ...

  • Exclusive Video of Kenya’s Bomb Squad at Risky Training

    August 25, 2020

    The United Kingdom (UK) and Kenya Counter-Improvised Explosive Device (C-IED) training programme has returned to the Humanitarian Peace Support School (HPSS) in Nairobi following a five-month disruption due to Covid-19. British High Commissioner to Kenya Jane Marriott visited the UK-supported C-IED Wing, based at the HPSS in the International Peace Support Training Centre, on Monday, August ...

  • Israel: Netivot Basketball Court Blown Up by Gaza IED Balloon Bomb

    August 25, 2020

    An improvised explosive device attached to a balloon launched by terrorists from Gaza blew up Tuesday evening in the southern Israeli Negev city of Netivot, right near some children playing outside in a public basketball court. Miraculously, none of the children were physically hurt. “The Israel Police received a report about balloons and a suspicious object that ...

  • Cameroon: Boko Haram Suicide Bombers Strike Displacement Site

    August 25, 2020

    The Islamist armed group Boko Haram used apparent child suicide bombers in an unlawful attack on a site for displaced people in the Far North region of Cameroon, Human Rights Watch said today. The attack, carried out overnight between August 1 and 2, 2020 in the town of Nguetechewe, killed at least 17 civilians, including 5 ...

  • Fort Leonard Wood Explosive Ordnance Disposal Soldiers to host recruiting event here Sept. 3

    August 25, 2020

    Fort Leonard Wood Explosive Ordnance Disposal Soldiers are hosting a recruiting event 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 3 at the Main Exchange. They are currently seeking junior enlisted Soldiers, E-3 through E-5, looking for a career change into what Army officials call the preeminent tactical and technical explosives experts. EOD specialists (89D) research and identify ordnance, ...

  • NATO Mine Disposal Operations in Norwegian Waters

    August 25, 2020

    According to a recent news story on the NATO website, “Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 (SNMCMG 1) has concluded a historical ordnance disposal operation, enhancing knowledge about the seabed by working in Norwegian waters and contributing to the Norwegian compiled historic ordnance database. “Conducted between 4-12 August, 2020 in Lofoten and Tromso areas, eight historical ...

  • Mexican Drug Cartel Carries Out ‘Drone Strikes’ In Gang War

    August 24, 2020

    Mexican drug cartels are using weaponized consumer drones in their latest gang war, according to reports in El Universal and other local news media. A citizens’ militia group in Tepalcatepec, Michoacán, formed to protect farmers from the cartel, found two drones in a car used by gunmen belonging to the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG), a ...

  • Philippines: Twin explosions hit Jolo, killing at least 14

    August 24, 2020

    Twin explosions have ripped through a town in a restive region of the southern Philippines, killing at least 14 people and wounding 75. Military officials said two bombs went off within an hour of each other in Jolo, Sulu province, on Monday. They suspect the bombings were carried out by militant Islamists linked to the Abu Sayyaf ...

  • Army robo-teammate can detect, share 3-D changes in real-time

    August 24, 2020

    ADELPHI, Md. — Something is different, and you can’t quite put your finger on it. But your robot can. Even small changes in your surroundings could indicate danger. Imagine a robot could detect those changes, and a warning could immediately alert you through a display in your eyeglasses. That is what U.S. Army scientists are developing ...

  • Delhi Police: Suspected IS operative had planned ‘lone wolf’ terror strike in a high footfall area

    August 23, 2020

    The Delhi Police on Saturday said they have arrested a 36-year-old suspected operative of the Islamic State. Police said the man had planned a “lone wolf” terror strike in a high footfall area in the city “using a high-intensity pressure cooker-based improvised explosive device (IED)”. Police did not specify the “high-footfall area” that the man was ...

  • Iraq: At least four civilians wounded in Kirkuk IED attack

    August 23, 2020

    At least four civilians were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded in the city of Kirkuk on Sunday, security forces have said. The explosion took place while a Shiite religious procession for the holy Ashura period was being held in the southern Kirkuk neighbourhood of Raparin, local police chief Bri. Gen. Haval Abdul-Muhsin told ...

  • Kabul magnetic bombs rattle the city

    August 22, 2020

    Three magnetic bombs exploded in three different locations around Kabul city on Saturday early morning causing casualties, officials confirmed. Initial explosion took place in Sarak-e-Naw area of Chehlsotoon at around 6:30, a magnetic mine was placed in a private Toyota vehicle that killed one civilian and injured two others. The second bomb targeting a police vehicle exploded ...

  • New IRA: Heathrow arrest part of anti-dissident republican operation

    August 22, 2020

    A man arrested at Heathrow Airport has become the 10th person detained as part of a major operation against dissident republicans in Northern Ireland. Detectives from the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) arrested the man on Saturday as part of an investigation into the New IRA. The 62-year-old, who lives in Scotland, was brought to Belfast ...

  • UK: Bomb squad called in over fears of an explosive after Counter-terror police arrest 33-year-old man in Somerset

    August 22, 2020

    Counter-terrorism police descended on a sleepy village to arrest a man on suspicion of possessing a bomb. The 33-year-old man was arrested in the tiny village of Paulton, Somerset, as part of an investigation by Counter Terrorism Policing South East and South West. Seven police vehicles and a bomb disposal truck descended on the High Street area ...

  • French air-to-air missile accidentally sent to Florida airport

    August 20, 2020

    A French-made air-to-air missile was discovered at a commercial airport in Florida, according to reports. Members of the 6th EOD team from MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa were dispatched to Lakeland Linder International Airport Friday to handle the Matra 530 missile delivered in a shipment to Draken International. “Our EOD team went out and secured the ...

  • Islamabad International Airport does not have bomb disposal, detection squads

    August 20, 2020

    Despite being one of the sensitive airports, the Islamabad International Airport (IIA) does not have bomb detection and bomb disposal squads. According to sources, intelligence brought the issue into the notice of Regional Police Officer Sohail Habib Tajik last month. The intelligence intimated that since the IIAP is a sensitive airport covered by greenwoods and located at ...