News – August 2021


  • Cambodia: CMAC clears more than 64,000,000 square metres of mine-contaminated land across the country

    August 30, 2021

    Demining agency has cleared a total of 64,562,539 square metres of landmines and explosive remnants of war (UXOs) contaminated land for the seven months of this year, an official said. From January to July, Cambodian Mine Action Center’s demining and war remnants removal operation has been smooth despite Covid-19 pandemic, said CMAC’s director-general Heng Ratana “We have ...

  • The Growing Risk of Militarized Unmanned Submersibles

    August 30, 2021

    In late May 2021, the Israeli armed forces destroyed an armed underwater uninhabited vehicle (UUV) operated by the terrorist group Hamas. This kamikaze-UUV was used in an attempt to attack Israeli offshore gas and oil installations, which Hamas had unsuccessfully targeted in the past using rockets and uninhabited aerial vehicles (UAVs). This is possibly the first ...

  • Australia: Man charged after suitcase of detonators, explosives found in Sydney

    August 30, 2021

    A 22-year-old man allegedly stalked and intimidated residents of a home over two days in Sydney’s south-east, where police say they also found a suitcase containing detonators and explosives with “wires protruding”. Eastern suburbs police were called to the property at Lasseter Avenue, Chifley, about 11am on Sunday after reports of a domestic-related incident. Marcus Tekorona was ...

  • Marines 3D-print headcap for mine clearing line charge

    August 30, 2021

    Members of the U.S. Marine Corps 3D-printed a headcap for the rocket motor used to detonate a M58 Mine Clearing Line Charge, or MICLIC, the branch announced on Monday. The headcap is part of a Mk22 5-inch rocket motor that propels and detonates the MICLIC, which clears a one-vehicle wide lane through minefields and other obstacles, ...

  • Pakistan: 3 personnel, 2 civilians killed in terrorist attacks in merged districts

    August 30, 2021

    Three security men and two civilians were martyred in firing from the Afghan side of the border and IED (improvised explosive device) attacks in different areas of the merged districts on Sunday. Three terrorists were killed in retaliatory fire by security forces, the Inter-Services Public Rela­tions (ISPR) said. Terrorists from inside Afgha­nistan opened fire on a military ...

  • Afghanistan: Rockets fired towards Afghanistan’s Kabul airport

    August 30, 2021

    Several rockets have been fired at Kabul’s international airport, a day before the deadline for the US troops to pull out of Afghanistan ends. The White House, which confirmed the attack, said that evacuation operations at the airport were not interrupted, adding that US President Joe Biden was briefed about the latest rocket attack on Monday ...

  • Brazil bank robbers tie hostages to getaway cars and place explosive devices across the city in Araçatuba

    August 30, 2021

    Bank robbers strapped hostages to the top of their getaway vehicles after a raid in the southern Brazilian city of Araçatuba. Police said that at least three people were killed, among them one suspect. Officials said more than 20 people took part in the heist, blocking off roads with burning vehicles and placing explosive devices across the ...

  • Yemen: Drone attack on government airbase kills 30 soldiers

    August 29, 2021

    At least 30 pro-government fighters have been killed in an attack on an airbase in southern Yemen, security and medical sources say. A spokesman for Yemeni southern forces said al-Anad airbase was targeted with armed drones and missiles. He blamed the Iran-aligned rebel Houthi movement, which is fighting a war against the Saudi-backed government. Read more… Source: BBC News  

  • US Airstrike Hits Suicide Bombers Targeting Kabul Airport

    August 29, 2021

    A U.S. airstrike Sunday targeted a vehicle carrying “multiple suicide bombers” from Afghanistan’s Islamic State affiliate before they could target the ongoing American military evacuation at Kabul’s international airport, officials said. There were few initial details about the incident, as well as a rocket that struck a neighborhood just northwest of the airport, killing a child. ...

  • Selected Police personnel in Africa trained in explosives combat

    August 28, 2021

    Selected Police personnel from 11 African countries have undergone explosive recognition and awareness training to combat explosive-related threats by terrorists and extremists. The two-week training dubbed: “Explosives Hazards Awareness Training (EHAT) of Trainers,” drew participants from Ghana, Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Cameron, Egypt, Benin, Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal, Burkina Faso and Gambia. Held at the Ghana ...

  • Nigeria: Officer killed as police raid IPOB’s camp in Imo

    August 28, 2021

    One officer was reportedly killed in a gun fight between the police and suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Akata, Oru East LGA of Imo state. The police spokesperson said three improvised explosive devices (IED, two pump-action guns, nine cartridges, one locally-made pistol and one Toyota Highlander SUV were recovered from them. Read ...

  • Afghanistan: US military conducts airstrike against ISIS-K planner

    August 28, 2021

    The US military says it believes it has killed a planner for the Afghan branch of the Islamic State group in a drone strike in the east of the country. The suspected member of the IS-K group was targeted in Nangarhar province. IS-K said it had carried out an attack outside Kabul airport on Thursday that may ...

  • Uganda foils bomb plot at army commander’s funeral

    August 27, 2021

    A suspected suicide bomber has been arrested in Uganda for planning to blow up mourners at the funeral of an army commander known as “the Lion of Mogadishu”. Maj-Gen Paul Lokech earned his nickname from the time he headed the African Union force in Somalia (Amisom) in the mid-2000s. He is credited with flushing out al-Shabab Islamist ...

  • Cambodia and China to co-chair meeting on demining operation

    August 27, 2021

    China and Cambodia will jointly chair a meeting on humanitarian demining action via video link on Sept 14, Chinese Ministry of National Defence spokesperson Tan Kefei said on Thursday (Aug 26) at a press conference. Attendees at the meeting of the experts’ group on humanitarian demining action under the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Defence ...

  • New Army training, held at Fort McCoy, addresses emerging drone threat

    August 27, 2021

    It was the early hours of Sept. 14, 2019, when a swarm of small drones left two Saudi oil facilities in ruins. The aftermath was caught on film from several angles and captured a near-Biblical sight — giant pillars of flame and smoke, like a burning sword extended from the Earth and stretched toward the ...

  • Homeland Security inspectors show Golden Triangle businesses how to spot suspicious purchases for homemade bombs

    August 26, 2021

    Throughout the week, members of the Department of Homeland Security have been visiting businesses in Lowndes, Oktibbeha and Noxubee counties to spread awareness about improvised explosive devices. Operation Flashpoint is a joint effort between DHS’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and the FBI to help businesses spot suspicious purchases that could end up as homemade bombs. “If ...

  • Pakistan: Four security personnel killed in two Balochistan blasts

    August 26, 2021

    Four security personnel were martyred in two separate blasts in Balochistan on Thursday. Three Levies personnel were martyred in a bomb attack on a security forces’ vehicle in Ziarat while one official in an explosion near their vehicle in the Guargu area of Panjgur. According to the Levies spokesperson, the attack was carried out by terrorists in ...

  • Afghanistan: At least 72 people killed in blasts outside Kabul airport – including 13 US troops

    August 26, 2021

    At least 72 people have died, including 13 US service personnel, after two blasts and a gunfight outside Kabul airport. An Afghan official has confirmed at least 60 Afghans were killed and 143 others were wounded in the attack, which the Islamic State has claimed accountability for. The terror group said on its Telegram account it was ...

  • Nigerian troops foil terrorists’ attack on Babangida town

    August 26, 2021

    The Nigerian Army said troops of Operation Hadin Kai on Wednesday foiled an attempted attack on Babangida town in Yobe by terrorists belonging to Boko Haram and Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP). According to Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, terrorists attempted to infiltrate the town but were met with a fierce counterattack forcing them to retreat. Troops ...

  • WMD Coordination Team members recognized for Exercise Fused Response

    August 26, 2021

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Maryland – The U.S. Army South commanding general recognized two Soldiers from the 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives (CBRNE) Command for supporting Exercise Fused Response 2021. Chief Warrant Officer 3 Robert V. Hocog and Master Sgt. Tyler W. Lemmons received personal letters from Maj. Gen. William L. Thigpen, the commanding general of ...

  • Australian Army Is Seeking Next Generation Personal Electronic Countermeasures System for Defence

    August 26, 2021

    The Department of Defence via the Australian Army and the Defence Innovation Hub (‘Defence’) are seeking innovation proposals that will assist Defence in exploring next-generation Personal Electronic Countermeasures (Personal ECM) systems. Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) are homemade bombs that are frequently employed by guerrilla forces, insurgents and other non-state actors. IEDs have become a defining characteristic ...

  • Cambodia: CMAA continues to clear the Kingdom of landmines and ERWs

    August 26, 2021

    Senior Officials of the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA) highlighted yesterday that from 2018 to 2020, around 421 square kilometres of contaminated land containing landmines and Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) was cleared, benefitting around 2 million people. Speaking at a meeting on Technical Working Group on Mine Action Consolidating Achievements & Overcoming ...

  • Afghanistan: ‘Very high risk of terror attack’ against the UK and allies’ evacuation operation – UK source

    August 25, 2021

    There is a “very high risk of a terrorist attack” against the evacuation operation by the UK, US and other allied forces in Kabul, according to a senior British source. The group that is of most concern is an Islamic State affiliate in Afghanistan called Islamic State Khorasan, or ISIS-K, the source said. The kind of attacks ...

  • India: Police recover 30 crude bombs from bus on way to Gaya from Kolkata

    August 25, 2021

    As many as 30 crude bombs were recovered from a bus going from Kolkata to Gaya in Bihar on Wednesday. On receiving intel inputs, Bengal Police intercepted the bus going from Kolkata to Gaya at the Dibudih checkpost situated on the West Bengal-Jharkhand border. The bus was carrying two black bags loaded with crude bombs, police said, ...

  • US Marshall Legacy Institute sends mine detection dogs to Azerbaijan

    August 25, 2021

    The US Marshall Legacy Institute sent 10 dogs of mine detection service to Azerbaijan, Trend reports on Aug.24 with reference to the Azerbaijani Mine Action Agency. The Azerbaijani agency has been cooperating with this American institution for a long time. Until July 2023, Marshall Legacy Institute plans to send 30 mine detection dogs to Azerbaijan. The first 10 ...

  • Army EOD Soldiers support combat engineers during wet gap training

    August 25, 2021

    FORT RILEY, Kansas – U.S. Army Explosives Ordnance Disposal technicians cleared the way for combat engineers to place an improvised bridge across Milford Lake during wet gap training. Soldiers from the Fort Riley, Kansas-based 774th Ordnance Company (EOD) and 630th Ordnance Company (EOD) located and defeated mock explosives and enabled the 50th Multi-Role Bridge Company, 5th ...

  • Thailand: Soldier injured by pipe bomb in Yala

    August 24, 2021

    A soldier has been injured after a pipe bomb was tossed into a military base in Yala, the “deep south” province near the Malaysian border with occasional violence related to the religious separatist insurgency. The incident occurred last night and was detailed in a report from the Muang police station. The Bangkok Post reports that the ...

  • FBI trains K-9 handlers to help fight threats from homemade explosives

    August 24, 2021

    FBI Salt Lake City had a “blast” training K-9 handlers how to handle improvised explosive devices–also known as IEDs–and the after effects when they detonate. More explosives used these days are homemade and constructed with every day materials, said FBI Supervisory Special Agent Kelly Van Arsdale, so the threats from these devices are becoming more common. https://twitter.com/FBISaltLakeCity/status/1430258617480105986 Read ...