News – August 2020


  • New Zealand: Customer used bomb-laden ATM after failed robbery in Hamilton

    August 6, 2020

    An unsuspecting customer used an ATM that had unexploded pipebombs nearby after a failed attempt by thieves to blast it open. Police found seven pipe bombs at the scene of an attempted heist on a Hamilton mall ATM. Hamilton City Area Commander Inspector Andrea McBeth said that NZDF bomb disposal experts recovered five unexploded pipe bombs from ...

  • Police rule out terrorism in Finnish Lapland car explosion

    August 6, 2020

    Police in Lapland said that a bomb which detonated beneath a vehicle rented by the Border Guard in the border city of Tornio early Tuesday was not suspected to be linked to terrorism. The explosion took place in the city’s Pudas residential neighbourhood on Aarnintie at 12:50 am on Tuesday. Police also confirmed on Wednesday that no ...

  • UK: Bomb disposal experts detonate WW2 device found in field outside Gloucester

    August 6, 2020

    Bomb disposal experts have been in Gloucester this morning after a possible WW2 bomb was found in a field. A metal detector enthusiast made the unusual discovery in a field between Brookthorpe and Harescombe last night. An army bomb disposal team arrived earlier to dispose of the shell, and carried out a controlled detonation at the scene Gloucestershire ...

  • UK: £2.8m innovation funding to boost detection of explosives, weapons and illicit drugs

    August 5, 2020

    DASA launches competition to find and develop new technology to screen people, possessions, goods, vehicles, areas and buildings The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is launching a £2.8 million competition to find state of the art and technological solutions for the improved detection of explosives, weapons and illicit drugs. The Innovative Research Call (IRC) 2020 for Explosives ...

  • Afghanistan: 12 People Killed in ‘Roadside Blast’ in Baghlan

    August 5, 2020

    At least 12 people close to Mahbubullah Ghafari, a former member of the provincial council of Baghlan, were killed in a roadside mine blast in the province on Wednesday morning, Ghafari confirmed. The incident happened in the Chashmaye Shir area, on the Baghlan -Samangan highway, while Ghafari and his convoy were on the way to Mazar-e-Sharif, ...

  • North Dakota: Bomb caused explosion near Minot home; no one injured

    August 5, 2020

    The Minot police department and bomb squad responded to a report of an explosion around 5 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, that occurred outside of a home in the southeast part of the city. No one was injured, and no one has been arrested in relation to the incident, the Minot Police Department said in a news ...

  • ISIS member from Kerala behind Afghan prison attack, say reports

    August 4, 2020

    A Malayali ISIS terrorist had led the team that attacked the prison in Afghanistan on Sunday, say reports. According to Intelligence Bureau sources, Kasaragod native KP Ijaz led the fierce attack in a prison at the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad that killed at least 29 people incluing 10 terrorists. The intelligence agencies under central government ...

  • Jammu and Kashmir: IED Diffused on Srinagar-Baramulla Road

    August 4, 2020

    State forces on Tuesday detected and diffused an improvised explosive device (IED) on Srinagar-Baramulla road in north Kashmir, police said. Army personnel found the IED by the roadside at Hamrey in Pattan area of Baramulla district around 5 am, a police official said. He said a bomb disposal squad was rushed to the spot and the IED ...

  • Massive blast sends seismic shock across Beirut, causing thousands of casualties

    August 4, 2020

    A huge explosion in a port warehouse district near the centre of Beirut killed more than 25 people, injured over 2,500 others and sent shockwaves across the Lebanese capital on Tuesday, shattering windows and causing apartment balconies to collapse. Officials expected the death toll to rise sharply as emergency workers dug through rubble across a swathe ...

  • Cambodia bolsters mine clearance ranks by 2,000

    August 4, 2020

    Cambodia will bolster its demining force by 2,000 men and women and deploy a broad strategy to clear the country of all land mines and unexploded ordnance by 2025 with the backing of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Switzerland and the United States are backing the effort with extra funds ...

  • UK: West London councillor has burning fire bomb pushed through his letter box

    August 4, 2020

    Police are investigating a fire bomb attack at the home of a Kensington and Chelsea councillor. Ian Henderson was not at home when two bottles of hand sanitiser wrapped in cloth were set alight and pushed through his letterbox. The burning package set off the smoke alarm and his partner threw washing up water over it. The Labour ...

  • Suicide Bombing Attack on Mogadishu Restaurants Kills At least Three

    August 4, 2020

    Media reports say a suicide bombing attack killed at least four people, including the bomber at a Mogadishu restaurant, which is popular with security forces and government workers. Several others were injured in Monday’s attack on the Lul Yamani restaurant, in the Somali capital. Police say the attacker detonated the explosives at the entrance to the restaurant ...

  • Lebanese Armed Forces, U.S. Navy Conduct Resolute Union Virtually Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

    August 4, 2020

    MANAMA, Bahrain — The Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) and U.S. Navy are conducting Resolute Union (RU) 20, an explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) and maritime security operations bilateral military exercise being held from 27 July to 9 August. RU20 is the capstone in a series of bilateral exercises between the LAF and U.S. Navy aimed at maintaining ...

  • UK: Houses In Hull Has Been Evacuated After A ‘Suspicious Package’ Was Found

    August 4, 2020

    Bomb squad experts are in a quiet Hull street after a “suspicious package” was found in a garden. Police and ambulance crews are also in Ramsgate Close, Hull, where residents have been evacuated for their safety. Those living from Whitstable Close across Ramsgate Close have had to leave their homes for the time being, while the situation ...

  • A model to detect explosions big and small

    August 4, 2020

    Combining the data from a multitude of geophysics sensors across the globe could enable automated monitoring for low-yield nuclear detonations. When an oil refinery in Philadelphia exploded in June 2019, physicist Joshua Carmichael was at home in Los Alamos, New Mexico, taking care of his wife after a surgery. He’d been spending his days at Los ...

  • Nigeria’s growing insecurity offers expansion opportunities for Boko Haram

    August 3, 2020

    A vast shockwave was seen. Boko Haram is extending its reach from north-east Nigeria into the country’s north-west. It is taking advantage of old and new local conflicts and insecurities to further embed itself in the area through violent extremism. Since January 2019 thousands of people in the north-west states of Kaduna, Katsina, Sokoto and Zamfara ...

  • Afghanistan: 13 killed, 42 wounded in coordinated attack on Nangarhar prison

    August 3, 2020

    The local officials confirmed that a coordinated attack on the provincial prison left at least 13 civilians dead and dozens more wounded. Attaullah Khogyani, a spokesperson for the provincial government, confirmed that the attackers detonated a car packed with explosives, Vehicle-borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED), close to Nangarhar province late on Sunday. Khogyani further added that the ...

  • Protection against terrorist attacks with homemade explosives

    August 3, 2020

    Terrorist attacks often feature the use of homemade explosives. For the police and security forces to be able to take appropriate precautions and assess the damage after an attack, they need access to the right kind of tools. A research team from the Fraunhofer Institute for High-Speed Dynamics, Ernst-Mach-Institut, EMI, has now developed a sophisticated ...

  • Iraqi security forces arrest suspect over Baghdad bombing

    August 3, 2020

    Iraqi security forces have arrested the alleged perpetrator behind a Baghdad explosion which killed two civilians and founded five others, according to a spokesperson for the Iraqi commander-in-chief. An individual suspected to be behind the Wednesday IED bombing was arrested on Thursday, Yehia Rasool said in an official statement released on Sunday. “The heroes of the National ...

  • Israel: IDF says it killed 4 terrorists planting bombs on Syria border

    August 3, 2020

    Israeli forces foiled an attempt to place bombs along the border with Syria, opening fire and hitting four “terrorists,” the Israel Defense Forces said after midnight Sunday. The incident comes with the military on high alert for an attack by Hezbollah, which is seeking revenge for a fighter killed in an airstrike attributed to Israel. “A short ...