News – December 2019


  • Explosion near Bagram military airbase, damages a medical facility

    December 11, 2019

    A Wednesday morning explosion near Bagram military airbase has badly damaged a medical facility which was under construction, a Resolute Support spokesman told Khaama Press. “Enemy forces conducted an attack on Bargram airfield this morning, targeting a medical facility being constructed to help the Afghan people who live near the base”, RS spokesperson said. The attack was ...

  • Hyde Park bomb intended to maim and kill, court told

    December 11, 2019

    The Hyde Park bomb caused a “significant explosion” and was intended to “maim and kill”, a leading expert has told the High Court. Forensic explosives expert Kim Simpson gave evidence during the first day of a trial in London to determine whether convicted IRA member John Downey is liable for the bombing. Ms Simpson examined evidence from ...

  • Russia detains suspected terrorist attack plotter

    December 11, 2019

    Russia’s Federal Security Service has detained a Russian national suspected of planning a terrorist attack against the authorities of the northwestern city of Murmansk, the service said on Wednesday. The suspect, born in 1983, was detained on Tuesday when he tried to remove an improvised explosive device from a cache, it said in a statement. The detainee ...

  • Indian Army gives 10 bomb-sniffing dogs to Bangladesh

    December 10, 2019

    Twenty more MDDs will be gifted to Bangladesh Army in two batches in April 2020 and October 2020 Indian Army has gifted 10 Mine Detection Dogs (MDDs) to Bangladesh Army as a goodwill gesture. The dogs were handed over at a ceremonial function at Petrapole-Benapole ICP recently, according to Indian High Commission in Dhaka. Twenty more MDDs will ...

  • Hong Kong police say two home-made devices found at Wan Chai school

    December 10, 2019

    Detectives investigating the seizure of two powerful home-made bombs at a Hong Kong school campus believe they were intended for an attack on police at a massive anti-government march over the weekend, sources said on Tuesday. The apparent bomb plot, which emerged after six months of social unrest and political turmoil, prompted the city’s biggest police ...

  • Boise Police Bomb Squad practices with new robot at St. Luke’s

    December 10, 2019

    The Boise Police Bomb Squad conducted a drill Monday at St. Luke’s to practice responding to a suspicious package or bomb. BPD was able to use a new type of bomb robot, the T5 EOD, in a special response training at the hospital for suspicious packages and possible bombs. This was St. Luke’s first full-scale “Code Yellow” ...

  • Cyprus: Bomb explosion at the financing corporation

    December 10, 2019

    An improvised explosive device was set off just after midnight Tuesday at the Housing Finance Corporation (HFC) in Limassol, police said. The bomb had been planted at the ground floor entrance of HFC on Vasileos Konstantinou Street, causing a fire. Police arrived at the scene and closed off the area to carry out an investigation. Limassol CID is ...

  • Terror attack averted in NW Pakistan as 42-kg IED defused

    December 10, 2019

    A major terror attack was averted in northwest Pakistan on Tuesday when an IED containing 42 kg of high explosive planted beneath a bridge was defused by security forces. Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) of Police wing of Malakand Region recovered the IED planted beneath a bridge in Swat district. Bomb disposal squad was called who defused ...

  • Eighteen suspected hazardous areas in Cyprus declared mine-free

    December 9, 2019

    Unficyp on Monday announced the clearance of nine suspected hazardous areas each on both sides of the island, amounting to a total area of 210,882 square metres. This confidence-building measure was agreed upon by both leaders on February 26, 2019 as part of their commitment towards a mine-free Cyprus, a statement from Unficyp said. “We are thankful ...

  • Houthi-laid landmines paralyze civilians’ life in Yemen’s Hodeidah

    December 9, 2019

    Landmines laid by the Houthi rebels in various areas of the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah paralyzed the life of civilians there and restricted their daily movement. Many families were affected by the excessive existence of landmines in the roads leading to their residential areas and farms in Hodeidah’s southern parts. A citizen named Ali Nahari ...

  • 2 Turkish soldiers killed, 7 wounded while defusing bomb

    December 9, 2019

    Turkish officials say at least two soldiers have been killed and seven others wounded while attempting to defuse an improvised explosive device At least two Turkish soldiers were killed and seven others were wounded on Monday while attempting to defuse an improvised explosive device, officials said. The device exploded in a village near the town of Idil, ...

  • Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians host training in Uganda

    December 9, 2019

    Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technicians assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 8 are in Magamaga, Uganda, from October 2019 to September 2020 to train members of the Uganda Peoples’ Defense Forces (UPDF) on proper munition disposal procedures and techniques. The 11-month effort is designed to facilitate a training course for Ugandan EOD technicians on ...

  • India, Nepal joint military exercise focuses on IED detection

    December 9, 2019

    The sixth day of joint military exercise between India and Nepal in Nepal’s Rupendehi district focused on detection of Improvised explosive device (IEDs), volleyball matches and joint practice. This is the 14th edition of the joint military exercise ‘Surya Kiran’ which is conducted alternatively in India and Nepal. The aim of this exercise is to conduct a ...

  • French soldier seriously injured in Mali by landmine

    December 8, 2019

    A French soldier in Mali has been seriously injured by an improvised explosive device while on duty in the region of Liptako that straddles Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso, military staff have confirmed. “His armoured vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device” while on duty in In Figaren, just east of Ansongo in the region ...

  • IED recovered, defused in north Kashmir

    December 8, 2019

    Security forces on Saturday defused an improvised explosive device (IED) planted by suspected militants on a roadside in north Kashmir’s Handwara village averting a major tragedy. Reports said a major tragedy was averted when the security forces detected and defused an IED planted on the road in Watain area of Handwara in north Kashmir Kupwara district. SSP ...

  • Turkish forces seize explosive materials in N.Syria

    December 6, 2019

    Turkish security forces destroyed 752 mines and 1,381 improvised explosives as part of its anti-terror operation in northern Syria, the country’s National Defense Ministry said on Friday. “In order to ensure the safety of the civilians in the Operation Peace Spring area, our heroic commandos continue disabling mines planted and rigged as booby traps by PKK/YPG ...

  • Navy EOD Technician awarded USO’s George Van Cleave Military Leadership Award for 2019

    December 6, 2019

    Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician First Class Petty Officer Travis Holland, assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 11, was honored by the United Service Organization (USO) with the George Van Cleave Military Leadership Award during the 58th Armed Forces Gala and Gold Medal Dinner on December 4 in New York City. The USO George Van Cleave ...

  • Law enforcement in Spain join international campaign against internet terrorist manuals

    December 5, 2019

    Spain’s National Police and Guardia Civil took part in the European Union Internet Referral Unit (EU IRU) 17th Joint Referral Action Day against online terrorism crime.  They worked with specialised units from EU Member States, non-EU countries and other Europol specialised units.   This joint action was coordinated from Europol’s headquarters in The Hague and mainly targeted manuals and tutorials explaining ...

  • Gov’t troops find more bombs in Maguindanao

    December 5, 2019

    Government troops found six more powerful improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Maguindanao Wednesday as the military intensified its offensive against Islamic State-linked militants. The total number of IEDs recovered since the operations began on Nov. 24 is now 20. Earlier, soldiers found 14 IEDs in various hideouts of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters. Major Gen. Diosdado Carreon, ...

  • Picture captures moment WWII bomb detonates in controlled explosion in Chelmsford’s Admirals Park

    December 4, 2019

    The moment an unexploded WWII bomb detonated was caught in a photo. The Ministry of Defence had dug a hole in Chelmsford’s Admirals Park this afternoon as part of their process of conducting a controlled explosion. Essex Police, as well as the bomb disposal unit, were called at around 11.40am today, (Wednesday, December 4), to reports of ...