News – December 2020


  • Afghanistan: Death Toll of Kabul’s Attack on MP Rises to 10

    December 21, 2020

    First Vice President Amrullah Saleh on Monday said that at least 10 people were killed and 52 others were wounded in Sunday’s car bomb attack on the convoy of an Afghan MP in Kabul. “Only six of the wounded remained at the hospital and most of them have been discharged,” Saleh said. On Sunday, a car bomb ...

  • UK: Bomb squad called after 19 hand grenades pulled from Lee Marston Lakes

    December 21, 2020

    Bomb disposal experts were called as the area around a lake was evacuated when a Coventry man found 19 grenades while out fishing at the weekend. Che Williams had originally gone out fishing on Saturday (December 19), but after catching none switched to magnet fishing at Lee Marston Lakes on Coton Road in Sutton Coldfield. He also ...

  • Car Bomb Kills 9 in Afghan Capital

    December 20, 2020

    Officials in Afghanistan say a car bomb went off in Kabul on Sunday, killing at least nine people and injuring 20 others. A member of the national parliament, Khan Mohammad Wardak, was apparently the target of the bombing in the Afghan capital, but he survived the attack. Interior Minister Massoud Andarabi told reporters after visiting the scene ...

  • UK: Bomb disposal squads sent to Westcliff after eight ordnance found

    December 19, 2020

    Eight items of unexploded ordnance were recovered from the beaches of Westcliff this weekend. Southend Coastguard were tasked on Friday to suspected ordnance which was spotted by one of the regular bait diggers. Two teams approached the objects which were spread across multi locations in Westcliff. Pictures taken at the scene were reviewed by an army team at ...

  • Somalia: Suicide Bomber Kills 10 in Galkayo Just Before Scheduled Address by PM

    December 18, 2020

    At least 10 people were killed Friday and more than 10 others were wounded when a suicide bomber blew himself up near a stadium in Galkayo town in the Mudug region of central Somalia, ahead of a planned address by Somali Prime Minister Mohamed Roble, authorities and witnesses said. The bomber targeted government officials and members ...

  • Russian officer dies during demining works in Nagorno-Karabakh

    December 18, 2020

    A Russian officer died during demining works near Shusha in Nagorno-Karabakh, the Russian defense ministry said on Friday. “During demining works at a road section near the settlement of Shusha on December 17, an explosive device went off. As a result of the blast, an officer of the International Mine Action Center received a deadly wound,” ...

  • Egypt: Three security forces killed in Sinai bombing

    December 18, 2020

    Two roadside bombs exploded in restive northern Sinai Peninsula killing three members of Egypt’s security forces and wounding 10 others, officials said Friday. The bombs went off near separate checkpoints in the town of Sheikh Zuweid late Thursday, said two security officials and a medical official, who asked to remain anonymous because they were not authorized ...

  • Pakistan: IED blast reported near Quetta’s Essa Nagri

    December 18, 2020

    A bomb blast was reported near Quetta’s Essa Nagri on Friday afternoon. The explosion took place near Muslim Town. “A remote control device was used in the blast,” a police officer said. An FC convoy was the target of the attack, according to the police. The area has been cordoned off. So far, no casualties or injuries have ...

  • New York: Bomb Squad officers get highly-realistic training experience using real IEDs

    December 17, 2020

    Members of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad were among several members of law enforcement who took part in a unique training experience Thursday. Over the next few days, several agencies will be training in realistic settings, to help hone their skills should they be needed to keep the public safe. Thursday, members of the MCSO ...

  • Uganda: UPDF, French troops complete joint mountain operation exercise

    December 17, 2020

    Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) and French soldiers have completed a seven-day joint mountain operation exercise. The exercise that was conducted on Rwenzori mountain saw soldiers climb to its peak, Margherita. The activities conducted during the exercise included; first aid, counter Improvised Explosive Devices (IED), logistics platoon, combat platoon as well as real rescue in mountainous environment. While ...

  • Afghanistan: ANA prevented the demolition of a bridge by Taliban in Shindand district, defused several IEDs in Herat

    December 17, 2020

    Afghan National Army prevented the demolition of a bridge by Taliban in Shindand district of Herat province, yesterday. 3 IEDs placed by Taliban under the bridge were discovered and defused by ANA. https://twitter.com/MoDAfghanistan/status/1339494805991288832 ANA saved lives of tens of civilians in Herat province, today. 3 IEDs which were placed by Taliban on public roads in Zawil district, ...

  • Lebanon: Army Inspects ‘Hundreds’ of Abandoned Containers at Beirut Port

    December 17, 2020

    After television reports that around “600” containers at Beirut’s port have been abandoned for years risking a replication of the August 4 explosion, the Lebanese army and port officials began on Thursday an inspection operation to address the issue. LBCI TV station had raised the file in a detailed report after the Beirut port blast that ...

  • Nagorno Karabakh: Turkish team begins clearing mines in Upper Karabakh

    December 17, 2020

    Turkey’s Defense Ministry said on Dec. 16 that 136 members of the Special Mine Detection and Clearance Team (OMAT) began clearing mined areas of Upper Karabakh that were liberated from Armenian occupation. “Clearing of mines and handmade explosives continues in Karabakh which were heroically and selflessly liberated from Armenian occupation by the Azerbaijani Armed ...

  • UK Defence and Security Accelerator: Take Cover! Phase 3 – Competition Document

    December 16, 2020

    This Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) competition is seeking proposals for innovative technologies that provide improved methods to protect small groups (1-10 personnel) of dismounted troops in the field. Within defence and security, protection of personnel is a priority area and deployment of rapid protection solutions for dismounted troops on the front-line is of high importance. ...

  • Afghanistan: 3 Killed in Targeted Attacks in Kabul in Past 24 Hours

    December 16, 2020

    At least three people were killed in a fresh spate of targeted killings in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul over the past 24 hours. The first incident took the life of security guard of Ahmad Malikzada, the security guard in charge of Bagrami district in PD15 when an IED blast targeted his vehicle. Malikzada and another guard were wounded. Meanwhile, ...

  • Arab Coalition intercepts Houthi drone launched from Yemen targeting Saudi Arabia

    December 16, 2020

    The Arab Coalition announced late Tuesday night that its forces had intercepted and destroyed an explosives-laden drone launched by the Iran-backed Houthi militia toward Saudi Arabia. The thwarted attack comes a day after a fuel transport ship was subject to a terrorist attack by an explosive-laden boat while it was anchored in the fuel terminal in ...

  • Pakistan: Law enforcers in Karachi foil bomb plot

    December 16, 2020

    Law enforcers foiled on Tuesday morning a bid to detonate a magnetic improvised explosive device (IED) in Clifton, near a Chinese restaurant in close proximity to Bilawal House. CCTV footage, acquired after a bomb disposal squad defused the explosive device, shows two unidentified men, on a motorcycle, planting an IED on one of the front doors ...

  • Bangladesh: Bomb blows off youth’s wrist in Satkhira

    December 16, 2020

    A youth in Satkhira’s Sadar upazila has lost his left hand in an incident of blast as he came into contact with a crude bomb in his crop field. The incident took place on Wednesday noon when the victim, Younus Ali Choton along with his brother went to lay out fertilizer on their field. The victim, Younu ...

  • EXU-1 Receives Navy Unit Commendation from Secretary of the Navy

    December 15, 2020

    Indian Head, Md. – Expeditionary Exploitation Unit 1 (EXU-1) personnel are widely regarded as the Navy’s premier mobile explosive ordnance disposal expeditionary and technical exploitation unit. With the reception of the Navy Unit Commendation (NUC) from the Secretary of the Navy, Dec. 15, they can now say they have it in writing. “I’m incredibly proud of the ...

  • Russia: Militant killed in special operation in Chechnya

    December 15, 2020

    A member of an illegal armed group was killed in a special operation in Chechnya’s Achkhoi-Martan district, the Russian North Caucasus Republic’s head said in his Telegram channel on Tuesday. “Today, a member of an illegal armed group, identified as Kazbek Baidulayev, was killed during a successful counter-terrorism special operation in the Achkhoi-Martan district. No casualties ...