News – August 2020


  • Ireland: Man in his 30s arrested in possession of explosives in Kilkenny

    August 15, 2020

    A man in his 30s was arrested in possession of explosives in Kilkenny. Gardai arrested the man at a property on Church Lane, Kilkenny at around 7pm on Friday night. Gardaí were alerted to unusual activity at the property and the services of the Technical Bureau and the Army EOD team were requested. After inspecting the property, the ...

  • Libya: Authorities detonate mines and IEDs collected from Tripoli

    August 15, 2020

    Libyan National Safety Authority has detonated over 50 tons of mines and IEDs (shells and rockets) collected from Tripoli and its suburbs. The Interior Ministry said mine clearance teams of the authority carried out the explosion operation in Hira Valley in southern Tripoli at the presence of a Tripoli ambulance team. In July, the Volcano of Rage ...

  • UK: Bomb squad detonates unexploded device in Fife village after discovery

    August 15, 2020

    Police units were joined by officers from the Royal Logistic Corps explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) team at 12pm after reports of a device at a property near Cowdenbeath.UXO, ERW The ordnance device, thought to be an unexploded First World War grenade, was discovered in Torbeith Road at Hill of Beath. The detonation of the device was caught ...

  • DTRA’s Unsung Heroes: Our Technical Integrators

    August 14, 2020

    KABUL Afghanistan – Warfighters operating in combat zones are continuously confronted with adversarial improvised threat technologies designed to inflict harm and disrupt operations. Over time, these nontraditional attacks have taken a heavy toll on mission success rates and weighed down the morale of warfighters. The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) provides an “umbrella” of protection ...

  • British Columbia: Evidence of explosive devices found after series of loud noises in Surrey

    August 14, 2020

    An investigation is underway into a series of mysterious explosive noises in Surrey. From July 19 to August 9, Surrey RCMP received reports about loud bangs coming from a green-space area near 4th Avenue and 171st Street in Surrey. Witnesses reported on July 19 that they had seen a group of young adult males leaving the area ...

  • Afghanistan: Four Civilians Killed in Kandahar Roadside Mine Blast

    August 13, 2020

    At least four civilians were killed and six others were wounded in a roadside mine blast in Kandahar province on Thursday morning, Kandahar police said in a statement. The incident happened in Panjwai district of the province after a civilian vehicle struck a roadside mine, the statement said. “Three women and a child were killed and four ...

  • Florida: Man Arrested After Dozens of Pipe Bombs, Explosives Found in Boynton Beach: Police

    August 13, 2020

    A man was arrested after police found more than two dozen pipe bombs and explosives in Boynton Beach Wednesday. Gregory Samuel Haasze, 34, was arrested on 26 counts of making, possessing or placing a destructive device. Haasze was arrested after police responding to reports of an explosion found what appeared to be a detonated device in a ...

  • Thailand: Soldiers Killed, Injured in Deep South Bomb Attacks

    August 13, 2020

    Two soldiers were killed and three others injured in a pair of roadside bombings Thursday in Thailand’s insurgency-stricken Deep South as they escorted teachers and students to schools for the start of the academic year, authorities said. Officials blamed separatist rebels for the attacks in Pattani and Narathiwat provinces, the first deadly bombings in the southern ...

  • Washington: Homemade explosive device discovered on West First Street in Aberdeen

    August 13, 2020

    The Washington State Patrol Bomb Squad secured a homemade explosive device that was discovered Tuesday in the 500 block of West First Street in Aberdeen. Aberdeen Police Cmdr. Dale Green said officers arrived at the scene around 2:44 p.m. and “determined the device was homemade in nature and appeared to have been attempted to be lit.” Officers ...

  • Nine arrested over ‘mistaken identity’ IED explosion in Sydney’s inner west

    August 13, 2020

    A group’s attempt at revenge for stolen drugs has left an innocent 55-year-old woman “traumatised” and six men facing up to 25 years in prison after an improvised explosive device was detonated on the balcony of a Canterbury home in June this year, according to police. Police say that a group of nine males – one ...

  • Ukrainian soldier killed in booby trap blast in Donbas

    August 13, 2020

    Two Ukrainian servicemen hit an unidentified explosive device in the Joint Forces Operation zone in Donbas, and one of them was killed in the explosion, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry has reported. “Today, on August 13, two Joint Forces servicemen deviated from their route and hit an unidentified explosive device. Unfortunately, one of them was killed, and ...

  • Afghanistan: An explosion in Farah kill and injure dozens including police members

    August 12, 2020

    An explosion targeting police vehicles inside Farah city kills 4 police and injures 22 civilians in Farah city, an official said. “Explosives placed inside a vehicle targeted a police car around 18:30 in district 4 of Farah city on Wednesday, killing 4 policemen and injured 22 civilians”, Tariq Aryan, a spokesperson to the Ministry of Interior ...

  • Defense Ministry: Death toll of Haftar’s mines in Libya rises to 55

    August 12, 2020

    The Defense Ministry of the Libyan Government of National Accord said the number of deaths due to mines planted by Khalifa Haftar’s forces in south Tripoli and Sirte had reached 55. The ministry said the number of injuries also reached 107 to bring the total to 162; 64 of whom are mine clearance experts and 98 ...

  • Beirut blast: The other countries with dangerous dumps of explosives

    August 12, 2020

    The devastating explosion in Beirut is a grim reminder of a deeply troubling fact: the thousands of tonnes of ammonium nitrate unsafely stored in that city’s port is not the only site at risk of spontaneous detonation. In the Philippines, Ukraine, Georgia, Libya and Guinea-Bissau there are dangerous dumps of munitions left over from both past ...

  • Roadside bomb blast kills 3 soldiers in SW Yemen

    August 12, 2020

    At least three pro-government Yemeni soldiers were killed on Wednesday in an explosion caused by a roadside bomb in the country’s southwestern province of Taiz, a government official told Xinhua. The local government source said on condition of anonymity that “an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attached previously to a military vehicle exploded near the local authority ...

  • U.S. Navy asks industry for stealthy ways to neutralize underwater sea mines without tipping-off the enemy

    August 11, 2020

    U.S. Navy researchers are asking industry for enabling technologies to neutralize low-observable underwater explosives from over-the-horizon ranges and undetected by enemy forces. Officials of the Office of Naval Research in Arlington, Va., issued an updated solicitation (N00014-20-S-B003) on Friday for the Low Observable / No Collateral Damage Neutralization of Underwater Mines and Waterborne Improvised Explosive Devices ...

  • Bangladesh: CTTC arrests five suspected Neo JMB men over Paltan bomb blast

    August 11, 2020

    Five suspected members of Neo JMB, an offshoot of banned militant outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), have been arrested by the Counter Terrorism and Transnational (CTTC) unit of police in Sylhet over a bomb blast in Paltan. The identities of the suspects are yet to be disclosed. CTTC made the arrests on Tuesday. Saiful Islam, deputy commissioner ...

  • Explosion in Kabul city leaves at least 3 dead or wounded

    August 11, 2020

    An explosion in Kabul city left at least three people dead or wounded, hours after a similar blast left at least two people wounded. Sources in Kabul Police Headquarters confirmed that the explosion took place in the vicinity of Prozha-e Jadid, located in Khair Khana area of the city in 11th district. The sources further added that ...

  • Taliban militants suffer heavy casualties while preparing a car bomb for a deadly attack

    August 11, 2020

    The Taliban militants suffered heavy casualties while preparing a car bomb for a deadly attack in south-eastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan. The 203rd Thunder Corps in a statement said the Taliban militants were placing explosives inside a vehicle which they wanted to detonate in an unknown location. The statement further added that the incident took place Asfandi ...

  • UK: Bomb squad called to Norfolk beach after unexploded mortar shell is found in car park

    August 11, 2020

    A bomb squad today swooped on a Norfolk beach after an ‘unexploded device’ was found in a car park. The device was found at the beach car park at Horsey Gap, near Horsey, north of Great Yarmouth, earlier today. An Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team today assessed the item, which they now believe to be an old ...