News – December 2020


  • Afghanistan: ANA Safely Detonates VBIED in Kandahar, Defused Dozens of IEDs in Helmand, Badghis and Urzgan provinces

    December 15, 2020

    Afghan National Army prevented a car bomb attack in Arghandab district of Kandahar province today. A car full of explosives were destroyed in an airstrik in the district. It had been prepared for attack on ANDSF positions. https://twitter.com/MoDAfghanistan/status/1338527783752970242 5 IEDs which were placed by Taliban in Bala Merghab district of Badghis province, were discovered and defused by ...

  • Afghanistan: Kabul deputy governor killed in ‘sticky bomb’ attack on car

    December 15, 2020

    The deputy governor of the Afghan capital, Kabul, has been killed in a “sticky bomb” attack, security officials say. Mahboobullah Mohebi and his secretary both died on Tuesday when a device attached to their car exploded. No group has yet said it was behind the attack. It is the latest in a spate of killings. Also on Tuesday, ...

  • Australia: Alleged murderer attempted to rob Newcastle service station armed with IED, court told

    December 14, 2020

    A man accused of murdering a Newcastle resident who was out walking his dog tried to rob a petrol station while armed with an improvised explosive device (IED) minutes before the alleged attack, a court has heard. Zack Mavin, 24, is accused of murdering Robert “Bobby” Palmer, 54, outside a second service station in the Newcastle ...

  • India: 2 injured in IED blast at Star Cement in Meghalaya; HNLC claims responsibility

    December 14, 2020

    Police officials from Meghalaya informed that the blast occurred at 8:40 pm on Saturday Shillong: Two persons were injured after an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) exploded late Saturday evening at Star Cement in East Jaintia Hills District, Meghalaya. Speaking with EastMojo, a Meghalaya Police official said, “Two persons were injured with minor injuries. One of the injured ...

  • Saudi Arabia: Explosives-laden boat hits fuel ship at Jeddah port, ministry says

    December 14, 2020

    Saudi Arabia said on Monday that a fuel transport ship anchored at a Jeddah terminal was hit by an explosive-laden boat in what it called a terrorist attack, after shipping firm Hafnia said one of its tankers was struck by an “external source”. A Saudi energy ministry spokesman, in a statement carried on state media, did ...

  • Pakistan: 25 injured in Rawalpindi grenade explosion

    December 14, 2020

    In a second blast in the garrison city of Rawalpindi this month, over two dozen people including women and children were injured in the busy Ganj Mandi area on Sunday. The explosion, which took place at around 2pm just a few hundred metres from the Ganj Mandi police station and close to a water filtration plant, ...

  • CMAC and Apopo sign MoU on land mine detection rats

    December 14, 2020

    The Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC) and the Anti-Persoonsmijnen Ontmijnende Product Ontwikkeling (Apopo), known in English as the Anti-Personnel Landmines Removal Product Development, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on landmine detection rats in Cambodia. Director-General of CMAC Heng Ratana said under this MoU CMAC and Apopo will invest a total of $318,606 integrating landmine ...

  • Afghanistan: 2 Killed, 2 Wounded in Kabul Magnetic IED Blast

    December 13, 2020

    At least two people were killed and two were wounded in a magnetic IED blast in Kabul city on Sunday morning, Kabul police confirmed. The incident happened around 7:45am local time close to Parwan Hotel in PD15 of Kabul city after a magnetic IED detonated against a Toyota Landcruiser vehicle, said Kabul police spokesman Ferdaws Faramarz. Faramarz ...

  • India: ITBP trooper injured in IED blast

    December 13, 2020

    An Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) trooper was injured when a pressure improvised explosive device (IED) planted by Naxalites went off in Chhattisgarh’s Narayanpur district on Saturday, police said. The blast occurred around 1 pm on the Narayanpur-Kurusnar road in the Kurusnar police station area where a team from the ITBP’s 53rd Battalion was on patrol, Inspector ...

  • UK: Bomb squad called to Leeds home and neighbours evacuated

    December 13, 2020

    Officers from West Yorkshire Police along with a bomb squad are at a property in Leeds. Police were called to a house in Cross Gates, just on the Ring Road at 11am today, December 13, after reports of a safety concern. The bomb squad were called as a precautionary measure and residents evacuated from homes in the ...

  • Indonesia arrests suspected Jemaah Islamiyah leader on the run since Bali bombings

    December 13, 2020

    Indonesian police have arrested a man believed to be the military leader of the al-Qaida-linked Jemaah Islamiyah network who has eluded capture since 2003, and is suspected of being involved in the 2002 Bali bombings, authorities said Saturday. Aris Sumarsono, known as Zulkarnaen, was arrested late Thursday by counterterrorism police without resistance in a raid at ...

  • Northern Ireland: Man appears in court charged in connection with ‘spate’ of pipe bomb attacks in Derry in recent years

    December 12, 2020

    A 33-year-old man appeared in court today charged in connection with a ‘spate’ of pipe bomb attacks in Derry. Noel Logan, from Nelson Drive, appeared at a special sitting of Derry Magistrates Court. He is charged with making explosive substances and being in possession of improvised explosive devices on three separate occasions in recent years. The alleged offences ...

  • Philippines: US military donation of explosive ordnance and demolition equipment to boost AFP anti-terror capabilities

    December 11, 2020

    The United States’ latest military equipment donation to the Philippines would help strengthen the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)’s anti-terrorism capabilities. “The CSAFP (Chief-of-Staff AFP) Gen. Gilbert Gapay, expressed his appreciation and gratitude to the US For the donation of explosive ordnance and demolition equipment as well as the sniper system equipment. These are expected ...

  • Somalia, US target al-Shabaab explosives makers

    December 11, 2020

    In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, US Africa Command conducted two airstrikes targeting al-Shabaab explosives experts in the vicinity of Jilib, Somalia, on 10 December. “We will continue to apply pressure to the al-Shabaab network. They continue to undermine Somali security, and need to be contained and degraded,” said US Army General Stephen Townsend, ...

  • UN Adopts Resolution on Afghanistan, Calls for End to Violence

    December 11, 2020

    The United Nations General Assembly’s resolution on the situation in Afghanistan was adopted on Friday by a majority of 131 votes, supporting an inclusive Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process and calling on all Afghan actors to make sustained efforts to reduce and end violence in the country. The UN members in this resolution reaffirmed their strong ...

  • Suicide bomber injures six people in attack on a Russian FSB headquarters in Karachay-Cherkessia

    December 11, 2020

    A suicide bomber ‘screaming Allahu Akbar’ blew himself up and injured six people today in an attack in southern Russia near FSB headquarters, reports said on Friday. The country’s National Anti-Terrorism Committee said an unidentified person tried to break into an area where police were conducting searches. The person then triggered the bomb when officers tried to ...

  • Soviet weapon that caused Dublin bomb alert ‘destined for a NI collector’

    December 11, 2020

    A decommissioned Soviet mortar launcher seized at Dublin Port may have been destined for a collector in Northern Ireland. The port was sealed off for several hours yesterday morning over a major security alert after a woman attempted to bring it into the country. The Army’s bomb squad and anti-terror gardai were called to the scene at ...

  • UK: ACT app reaches 100,000 Users

    December 11, 2020

    That means more than 100,000 people across almost 8,000 UK organisations are now receiving expert advice and guidance directly from Counter Terrorism Policing straight to their smart phone or tablet device – Will you join them? With the coronavirus pandemic changing all of our day to day routines, we understand that the threat from terrorism isn’t ...

  • Russian peacekeepers use Uran-6 mine clearing robot in Nagorno-Karabakh

    December 11, 2020

    Russian deminers have used the Uran-6 mine clearing robot to clear a part of the Stepanakert airport area in Nagorno-Karabakh of mines, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Friday. “The robot helps ensure the safety of deminers and increase the effectiveness of mine clearance activities. In addition, demining activities were carried out along ...

  • Nova Scotia: Amherst man, 46, charged with making and detonating devices after explosions rock town

    December 10, 2020

    A 46-year-old man is facing three charges after two explosions rocked the Town of Amherst earlier this week. Police arrested Brian Stephen MacDonald on Wednesday. The Amherst, N.S., man is facing charges of making an explosive device, placing or throwing an explosive substance with the intent to destroy or damage property, and detonating an improvised explosive ...