News – December 2020


  • Afghanistan: ANA and ANP discovered explosives and IEDs in Helmand, Kandahar and Balkh provinces

    February 3, 2021

    Commando forces discovered and destroyed a cache of Taliban’s explosives and 2 of their strongholds in Nad-Ali district of Helmand province last night. 2 Taliban were killed and 1 other was arrested during the operations. A number of weapons and ammunitions were also seized. https://twitter.com/MoDAfghanistan/status/1356926056800911361 Afghan National Police Engineering teams discovered & defused four IEDs in Asmar ...

  • US convoy attacked near Kuwait-Iraq border

    December 31, 2020

    US coalition logistics convoy was reportedly targeted by a roadside bomb near Kuwait-Iraq border. For several consecutive times in the past month, US coalition logistics convoy was targeted by a roadside bomb this afternoon on Thursday, according to Alsumaria. The explosion occurred near ‘Jerishan’ crossing in southern Iraqi city of Basra. The attack did not cause any ...

  • Afghanistan: Kabul IED Blast Kills 1, Injures 2

    December 31, 2020

    According to police, at least one person is killed and two others are wounded in an IED attack in Kabul city on Thursday morning. Ferdaws Faramarz, a spokesman to Kabul police told the media, the incident occurred at around 8 am in PD7 in the Chehel-Setoon area of Kabul city. The IED targeted a vehicle believed to ...

  • Royal Navy bomb disposal expert made MBE

    December 30, 2020

    A Royal Navy expert who oversaw the safe disposal of a 500lb Luftwaffe bomb found at London’s King George V Docks has been made an MBE in the New Year Honours list. Under Lieutenant Commander Sean “Central” Heaton’s leadership, specialist divers from Portsmouth and Plymouth-based bomb disposal units have rendered safe or disposed of nearly 16,000 ...

  • Yemeni military intercepts explosive-laden drone near Aden’s presidential palace

    December 30, 2020

    Yemeni military intercepted and destroyed an explosive-laden drone near Aden’s presidential Maasheeq palace. The newly formed Yemeni governmental officials and Saudi Ambassador to Yemen Mohammed Said al-Jaber were safely transferred to Aden’s presidential palace following the terrorist attack on the city’s airport after the government’s plane landed. Earlier a large blast and gunfire was heard at Aden ...

  • Kenya: Expectant woman survives Shabaab attack on ambulance in Mandera

    December 30, 2020

    Al shabaab attack ambulance with pregnant woman and kill man in Mandera county Al Shabaab militants attacked an ambulance ferrying a pregnant woman to hospital and killed her husband in latest incident in Mandera County. The ambulance was on the way to Elwak Referral Hospital when it came under attack by gunmen. Read more… Source: Star.co.ke  

  • Yemen: ‘At least 12 killed’ in large explosion at Aden airport as government officials land

    December 30, 2020

    At least 12 people have been killed after several large explosions and gunfire rocked Aden airport in Yemen as the country’s newly appointed government arrived by plane from Saudi Arabia. Sources within the government told The Independent there were more than 12 fatalities and several more injured, including vice ministers, in the attack which took place ...

  • India: CAF jawan injured in IED blast by Naxals in Chhattisgarh

    December 30, 2020

    A Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) jawan was on Wednesday injured when a pressure improvised explosive device (IED), planted by Naxals, exploded while it was being defused by security personnel in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district, police said. The incident occurred around 8.20 am in the forest near Pusnar village under Gangaloor police station area when separate joint teams ...

  • EOD Mobile Unit and Croatian Navy Conduct Humanitarian Mine Action Training

    December 29, 2020

    SPLIT, Croatia – Sailors from Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) Eight, subordinate command of Commander, Task Force (CTF) 68, facilitated Department of Defense (DoD) Humanitarian Mine Action (HMA) EOD Level 2 training to the Croatian Navy’s underwater EOD team at Lora Naval Base in Split, Croatia, Dec. 1-21, 2020. The training was the second of ...

  • Somalia: Roadside bomb targets a vehicle in Mogadishu’s Karaan district.

    December 29, 2020

    A landmine blast in Mogadishu targeted a vehicle belonging to Muhiyadin Hassan Afrah, a former member of the Somali parliament. The blast took place in Karaan district, injuring the lawmaker’s bodyguards who were traveling in the car, and reports say that Muhiyadi was not in his car at the time of the blast. The bomber struck shortly ...

  • Three French soldiers killed in Mali IED blast

    December 29, 2020

    Three French soldiers died after their armoured vehicle hit an IED in the Hombori area of Mali’s central Mopti province. The soldiers were participating in a military operation as part of a larger mission aiming at fighting armed groups in Africa”s Sahel region, the French presidency said in a statement on Monday. France has more than 5,000 ...

  • Russia: Over 5,000 explosive devices defused in Caucasus in 2020

    December 29, 2020

    Over 5,000 explosive devices were defused in the North and South Caucasus in 2020, the press service of Russia’s South Military District said in a statement on Tuesday. “The South Military District’s mobile demining units found and deactivated more than 5,000 explosive devices in 2020. They processed over 230 requests filed by draft offices based in ...

  • Afghan Air Force targeted and destroyed a large cache of Taliban’s explosives in Helmand province

    December 28, 2020

    Afghan Air Force targeted and destroyed a large cache of Taliban’s explosives in Sangin district of Helmand province today. The explosives were being used in making IEDs and bombs. https://twitter.com/MoDAfghanistan/status/1343505624307556353 Afghan National Army discovered and defused 11 IEDs in Sangin district of Helmand, today. The IEDs were planted on public roads by Taliban to kill innocent civilians. https://twitter.com/MoDAfghanistan/status/1343499046607085568 12 ...

  • Somalia: Six killed after their vehicle hit a land mine in Lower Jubba

    December 28, 2020

    At least six civilians were killed Monday evening when their vehicle ran into a land mine in Lower Jubba region. Sources told HOL the vehicle, a Toyota Succeed model hit an improvised explosive device (IED) suspected to have been planted on Dhobley-Tabta road in Afmadow district. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. The attack happened barely ...

  • Afghanistan: Blast Targets Govt Employees’ Bus in Kabul, two IEDs defused in Faryab province

    December 28, 2020

    An explosion targeted the employees of the National Statistics and Information Authority in Guzargah area in Kabul’s PD7. Kabul police said that at least six people were wounded in the explosion. Police said the bomb was placed on a bicycle. It was the second explosion of the day in Kabul. In the first explosion, a security force vehicle ...

  • US Army K9 and handler honored for discovering IED cache in Syria

    December 28, 2020

    An Army canine earned rare military honors this month after discovering a cache of explosives in Syria while deployed as part of the U.S.-led mission to defeat the Islamic State. Fritz, a 4.5-year-old military working dog who joined the kennels at Fort Carson, Colo., in September 2018, was awarded an Army Commendation Medal with “C” device ...

  • Philippines: Army shows 80 guns, bombs yielded by ex-Reds in NoCot

    December 27, 2020

    As the Communist Party of the Philippines celebrated its 52nd founding anniversary on Saturday, the military in North Cotabato presented to the public assorted firearms surrendered by former rebels. Colonel Potenciano Camba, commander of 1002nd Infantry Brigade, presented the 80 high-powered firearms, dozens of improvised explosive devices (IED), and some former rebels who spoke of horrible ...

  • Tennessee: Driver of Truck Playing Audio Similar to Nashville RV Blast Message Detained

    December 27, 2020

    A driver of a white box truck was detained Sunday afternoon on Highway 231 in Lebanon, Tennessee, after “playing audio similar to what was heard before the Christmas Day explosion,” local investigators said. The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office said the truck was pulled over on Murfreesboro Road about a half-hour east from where the downtown Nashville ...

  • Suicide bombing suspected in Nashville explosion as investigators search home south of the city

    December 27, 2020

    Investigators looking into the Christmas morning explosion in Nashville now believe the blast was likely the result of a suicide bombing, according to two law enforcement sources with direct knowledge of the investigation. Officials have previously said they have recovered human remains at the scene of the bombing in downtown Nashville and an FBI official on ...

  • UK: Unexploded WWII ordnance are discovered on Southend beach

    December 26, 2020

    An Essex beach was closed for several hours today after suspected WWII ordnance was washed up on the the sand. The Coastguard closed off a section of Chalkwell Beach in Westcliff, near Southend, Essex, after the WWII-era munitions were discovered. It is the second time in a week that explosives were recovered from the beach, requiring a ...