News – August 2020


  • Germany establishes 0.5 million euro demining project in Tripoli

    August 20, 2020

    The German government has established a demining project worth 0.5 million euro, aimed at clearing the landmines, planted by Haftar’s militias in Tripoli. The project was inaugurated by German Foreign Minister, Heiko Maas, during his recent visit to the capital Tripoli, according to the German Ambassador to Libya, Oliver Owcza. “The Humanitarian Demining will address one of ...

  • The Next Generation Advanced Bomb Suit: The Future of Soldier Protection

    August 19, 2020

    Fort Belvoir, Va. – Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Soldiers have one of the most life-threatening jobs in the military. They not only must be able to defend themselves in the battle space, but also protect themselves from the unpredictable environment that explosives create. Program Executive Office (PEO) Soldier is addressing both of these concerns with the ...

  • 404th Paratroopers & US Navy EOD Conduct Joint Training

    August 19, 2020

    JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. – Clip, clip, snap … an Army Reserve paratrooper breathes heavily through his facemask while donning the harness of an MC-6 parachute. As the paratrooper adjusts his parachute, noises could be heard six feet away as two Sailors assist one of their own in donning the parachute system. With temperatures reaching ...

  • Salman and Hashem Abedi: The brothers who bombed Manchester

    August 19, 2020

    So how did Salman and Hashem Abedi come to attack the city they’d grown up in by bombing an Ariana Grande concert in 2017? The trial of Hashem Abedi has given us many of the details but still not the whole picture. He has now been convicted but he wasn’t even in the UK when his ...

  • Disposal Of Unserviceable Ammunition Resumes In Ukraine Under NATO Trust Fund Project

    August 19, 2020

    Luxembourg, 18 August 2020 – The disposal of unserviceable ammunition in Ukraine has been resumed under the NATO Trust Fund Demilitarization Project framework, managed the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA). Demilitarization activities in the region were interrupted earlier this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Special procedures have been put in place to ensure ...

  • Bomb-sniffing ‘cyborg locusts’ advance under Navy-funded research

    August 19, 2020

    Navy-funded researchers have discovered that a locust’s sensitive “horns” can distinguish between the scents of TNT and other explosives — a development that one day could herald the deployment of bomb-sniffing, electronically augmented bug swarms. The research by a team from Washington University in St. Louis, published this month in the science journal “Biosensors and Biolectronics: ...

  • Army researchers develop breakthrough sensors for small drones

    August 19, 2020

    ADELPHI, Md. — Imagine a small aerial drone navigating a field with electrical power lines. How will it see them? More importantly how will it avoid this significant obstacle in its flight path? At the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Army Research Laboratory, researchers developed a novel sensor and software application to detect and avoid ...

  • Education Official Killed in Kabul Blast

    August 19, 2020

    The incident happened in PD5 of Kabul city after a magnetic mine placed on Mr Amin’s vehicle exploded. His driver was also wounded, the statement said. This was one of two separate magnetic mine blasts in Kabul city on Wednesday morning, said Ferdaws Faramarz, a spokesman for the Kabul police. The first blast happened in PD12 of ...

  • Afghanistan: 2 Security Force Members Killed, 11 Wounded in Baghlan Blast

    August 19, 2020

    At least two security force personnel affiliated with the National Directorate of Security (NDS) were killed, and 11 people–including civilians–were wounded in a roadside mine blast in northern Baghlan province, a security source said. The incident happened around10:00am local time in Pul-e-Khumri, the capital of Baghlan, close to the NDS office when a security vehicle struck ...

  • Russian general killed, two servicemen wounded in Syria explosion

    August 18, 2020

    A military adviser in the rank of a major-general was killed in an explosion in Syria while two servicemen were wounded, Russia’s Defense Ministry reported on Tuesday. An improvised roadside bomb exploded 15 km from the city of Deir ez-Zor when a Russian military convoy was returning to its base after a humanitarian mission on August ...

  • DASA UK: Market exploration: robotic and autonomous systems (platooning)

    August 18, 2020

    The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is scoping the potential for funding opportunities to develop the use of autonomy for logistic convoy operations. On behalf of the United Kingdom (UK) Ministry of Defence (MOD), we want to better understand the current market capability of robotic and autonomous systems that potentially require further investment or experimentation by ...

  • New landmine detection method to reduce false alarm rates

    August 18, 2020

    RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — Landmines pose a serious threat in conflict areas, yet modern detection systems struggle to discriminate between explosives and clutter. A project funded by the Army developed a new method for landmine identification that will greatly reduce false alarm rates. Fewer false alarms will significantly reduce the cost of humanitarian landmine clearance ...

  • Police uncover explosive device in Cameroon’s government building

    August 18, 2020

    An improvised explosive device was uncovered by Cameroonian security forces in a government building in the capital Yaounde, and it was deactivated with no casualties, police said. The device was planted Monday morning in the Ministry of Public Service and Administrative Reforms building where over 100 civil servants work, according to the police. Police said the device ...

  • Somalia: Over a dozen killed in hours-long Mogadishu hotel siege

    August 17, 2020

    At least 16 people were killed and dozens wounded in a gun and bomb attack by the al-Shabab armed group on an upscale beachfront hotel in Somalia’s capital. The hotel siege ended on Sunday after a fierce three-hour gun battle between al-Shabab fighters and security forces that began with a suicide car bombing, government spokesman Ismael ...

  • Security forces recover IED planted beneath bridge in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama

    August 17, 2020

    A major tragedy was averted after security forces recovered an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) near Tujan village in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday (August 16) night. The IED was planted beneath a bridge. IGP Kashmir Vijay kumar said, “An IED planted by terrorists under a bridge near Tujan village recovered. This is a ...

  • Taliban IED experts blown up by own bomb in a mosque in North of Afghanistan

    August 17, 2020

    A group of Taliban sustained casualties as they were busy manufacturing an improvised explosive device, roadside bomb, in a mosque in North of Afghanistan. The 209th Shaheen Corps in a statement said the incident took place in a mosque in Chahabar Bolak district of Balkh. The statement further added that a group of 8 Taliban IED experts ...

  • Two Wounded in Roadside Blast In Kabul

    August 16, 2020

    A blast was reported Sunday in PD12, in the Salim Karwan area in Arzan Qemat, a neighborhood in the eastern part of Kabul city, police said. According to Kabul police, two people were wounded when the mine went off. The police did not say if the wounded are military personnel or civilians. Kabul police said that investigations have ...

  • Israel: Police Neutralize Balloon Bomb in Yard of Netivot Home

    August 16, 2020

    Israel Police sent another bomb squad on Sunday to neutralize an improvised explosive device (IED) that floated its way to the yard of a home in the southern Israeli city of Netivot, in the western Negev. The homemade bomb was attached to a cluster of balloons launched by terrorists from Gaza, one of dozens of explosive ...

  • Canada: Fatal car blast in downtown Kitchener possibly caused by IED, police say

    August 15, 2020

    One person is dead after a car explosion in front of the courthouse in downtown Kitchener Friday morning. The Waterloo Regional Police Service said Friday afternoon the explosion “appears to be the result of a suspected improvised explosive device.” Police are asking people to avoid the area of Frederick Street and Duke Street in downtown Kitchener as ...

  • Pakistan: Five injured, FC van damaged in two Balochistan explosions

    August 15, 2020

    Two bomb blasts occurred in Balochistan’s Nushki and Mastung district on Thursday. The target of the attack in Nushki was a vehicle of the Frontier Corps, but no one was injured in the attack. The blast in Mastung, however, left five people, including a woman and a child, injured. According to sources, the patrolling vehicle of the Frontier ...