News – December 2019


  • Landmines Spreading Across Myanmar: Monitoring Report

    December 20, 2019

    The use of landmines has been reported in four more townships in Myanmar due to the ongoing clashes between Myanmar’s military and the Arakan Army (AA), according to the 2019 report by the Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. Paletwa Township in Chin State and Maungdaw, Kyaukphyu and Buthidaung in ...

  • Tayside landmine remover calls on public to make most of doubled donations

    December 20, 2019

    Frank Philip MBE, from Kinloch Rannoch, has been among the experts clearing belts of improvised explosive devices (IED) installed by Isis, as well as unexploded devices dating as far back as the 1980s, laid during the nation’s war with Iran. Having first met charity The Halo Trust in Somalia while working in private security, former soldier ...

  • Pakistan: IED blast leaves soldier martyred, 4 injured in KA

    December 20, 2019

    A land mine explosion near the Pak Afghan border in Khyber agency Thursday evening resulted in the martyrdom of a soldier of the Pakistan Army while four others received serious injuries. Reports said the soldiers were busy fencing along the Pak-Afghan border near Landi Kotal when an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) went offleaving a group of ...

  • Bomb explosions rock Dhaka University

    December 19, 2019

    On Sunday morning at around 9:45 am, three crude bombs exploded in front of Madhur Canteen in Dhaka University (DU) campus. “Three bombs exploded today morning at around 9:45 am in front of Madhur Canteen in the premises of Dhaka University. However, no one was injured in the blasts,” said DU proctor AKM Golam Rabbani. “The blasts have been carried out ...

  • Militants use drone to drop bomb on Syrian government forces’ positions

    December 19, 2019

    Armed groups have used an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to drop a bomb on the positions of Syrian government forces in Idlib region, injuring two Syrian soldiers, Major General Yury Borenkov, chief of the Russian center for reconciliation of the conflicting sides in Syria, told reporters on Thursday. “Militants of the armed groups keep carrying out terrorist ...

  • Doggone bombs: Team MacDill integrates joint force counter-IED training

    December 18, 2019

    Success on the battlefield is dependent upon the ability of Airmen to execute their duties at an optimum level. Units from different specialties lean on each other’s experience and expertise to be able to execute missions with precision. For Airmen to perform without hesitation downrange, teams must be willing to go outside the wire to perform ...

  • ‘Poor man’s bomb’ reaps bloody toll in African jihadist hotspot

    December 18, 2019

    They are cheap, made from components that are easily obtained – and murderously effective. Security experts say that in the arsenal of jihadist groups whose insurgency is shaking the Sahel state of Burkina Faso, the improvised explosive device (IED) is one of the deadliest weapons. “With 15,000-20,000 CFA francs (US$25), you’ve got an IED that can destroy ...

  • Children among 10 killed as Taliban IED goes off in KHost province

    December 17, 2019

    An Improvised Explosive Device (IED) explosion killed ten civilians including children in South-eastern Khost province of Afghanistan. Nasrat Rahimi, a spokesman for the Ministry of Interior confirmed that the bomb went off at around 5 am local time in Alisher district of Khost province on Tuesday. Rahimi further added that the explosion killed civilians including 5 men, ...

  • Explosion injures 18 civilians in Balkh province of Afghanistan

    December 17, 2019

    An explosion injured at least 18 civilians in northern Balkh province of Afghanistan, the security officials said. Adelshah Adel, a spokesaman for the provincial police said an explosives-laden bicycle went off in Mazar-e Sharif city, the provincial capital of Balkh province which injured at least 18 civilians. However, another security official said the explosion wounded at least ...

  • Edinburgh: Bomb squad carry out controlled explosion after ‘potentially suspicious item’ found in Holyrood Road

    December 17, 2019

    A bomb disposal team carried out a controlled explosion tonight after a potentially suspicious item was found in Holyrood Road this afternoon. Police sealed off part of the road outside the Holyrood 9A pub, between St Mary’s Street and a block of student accommodation. A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “Police were called at 1;35pm on Tuesday, December ...

  • Ukraine: Mine clearance of Kalynivsky Arsenal completed

    December 16, 2019

    Surface clearance of the technical territory of the 48th arsenal near Kalynivka, Vinnytsia region, is fully completed. The commander of the military unit, Colonel Mykola Batyuk said this, ArmyInform reports. It is noted that the disposal of the remnants of explosive objects that are not subject to transportation has ended. Now a special group of sappers is working on ...

  • Explosion causes damage to building in Peristeri, western Athens

    December 16, 2019

    Police on Monday were seeking the assailants behind an early morning explosion at a two-storey building in Peristeri, western Athens, that caused extensive damage but no injuries. The blast, which occured at 3.20 a.m., appears to have been provoked with a homemade explosive device comprising dynamite. It wreaked damage to the shutters of the ground floor of ...

  • Bomb explosion in south Nepal home kills 3

    December 15, 2019

    Three people, including a police officer, have been killed in a bomb explosion at a house in southern Nepal’s Dhanusha district. The bomb was planted at one Rajesh Shah’s house in Kshireshwarnath Municipality by unknown persons, police said. Police personnel were checking the improvised explosive device when it exploded, officials said. Read more… Source: The Pioneer  

  • Taipei: Suspected bomb maker detained after gunbattle

    December 15, 2019

    A man suspected of planting a bomb near the offices of the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) Houbi District (後壁) chapter in Tainan was arrested yesterday morning in Kaohsiung following an overnight standoff with police. Police said that the suspect, surnamed Wu (吳), was captured on surveillance cameras on Thursday night as he approached the building on ...

  • Roads closed after World War Two bomb found near River Thames

    December 14, 2019

    An unexploded bomb from World War II has been found by a team building a new sewer under the River Thames. Chelsea Embankment is closed after the device was discovered by engineers working on the Tideway Project site this morning. The street was cordoned off between Chelsea Bridge and Royal Hospital Road as emergency services headed to ...

  • Five ‘suspected Isis terrorists’ detained in Moscow over ‘plot to attack targets in the Russian capital’

    December 14, 2019

    Five suspected ISIS terrorists allegedly plotting attacks in the Russian capital  have been detained at a major Moscow shopping mall with outlets of Marks & Spencer and Topshop. The suspects were held after a joint FSB security service and police operation in the crowded Evropeisky shopping centre, officials revealed. The alleged cell had reportedly been plotting attacks on a school and ...

  • Navy fires EOD unit commander

    December 14, 2019

    The Navy fired the leader of a California-based explosive ordnance disposal unit Thursday, citing “a loss of confidence in his ability to command.” Cmdr. Sean S. Kido’s relief as head of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 11 was not due to any misconduct or adverse findings from a command investigation, according to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group 1 spokeswoman Lt. Kara ...

  • Cambodia: Mine action authority continues push for mine-free Kingdom by 2025

    December 13, 2019

    The government and foreign donors have spent about $500 million to clear land mines and war remnants in the Kingdom over the last 20 years, making formerly mine-strewn areas safe for cultivation. Ly Thuch, first vice president of Cambodia Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authorities, revealed the figures yesterday while meeting with representatives of donors, embassies, ...

  • Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) Open Call for Innovation

    December 12, 2019

    The Open Call is looking for innovative ideas to improve the defence and security of the UK. Your idea could be a concept, product or service, at various levels of maturity. What is the Open Call The Open Call competition is one of the competition mechanisms DASA uses to find proposals that address the challenges faced by government stakeholders. ...

  • Police in Denmark make arrests over suspected terror plot

    December 11, 2019

    Police in Denmark have arrested 20 people in connection with suspected preparations for an Islamist terrorist attack. They said several raids were made throughout the country on Wednesday and that suspects were arrested for trying to obtain explosives and firearms. The raids were mounted on the suspicion that several people had been planning an attack, the Danish ...