News – December 2020


  • Manchester Arena Inquiry: Review ‘reshaped UK counter-terrorism teams’

    December 1, 2020

    “Fast-time learning” from the attack on Manchester Arena led to several changes in how UK counter-terrorism teams work, the inquiry into the bombing has heard. The inquiry into the attack of 22 May 2017, which killed 22 people, was told senior officers reviewed what happened five days later to learn from it. Their 21 recommendations had mostly ...

  • India: Two persons injured as Naxals blow up vehicle with IED in Chhattisgarh

    December 1, 2020

    Two civilians were injured in an IED blast in the Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh, IG Bastar P Sundarraj said. Both the injured civilians are out of danger and are being treated in CRPF Hospital in Basaguda. The incident took place near Rajpenta village between Basaguda and Tarrem villages around 9 am when the two victims were heading ...

  • Afghanistan: Russian Diplomatic Mission’s Car Hit by IED in Kabul

    December 1, 2020

    According to initial reports, a military pickup driving in front of the diplomatic vehicle might have been the actual target, although it has not been excluded that the Russian personnel were targeted either. A vehicle belonging to the Russian diplomatic mission in Afghanistan has been hit by the detonation of an improvised explosive device (IED) in ...

  • Philippines: Troops recover guns, IED components in hunt for 2 bomb-makers

    December 1, 2020

    The military seized more than a dozen firearms and components for home-made bombs from two elusive bombers. Edsrafil Manalasal Guiwan and Lakim Esmael, both of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, are tagged in recent deadly bombings in central Mindanao. They escaped while personnel of the Army’s 40th Infantry Battalion under the 601st Infantry Brigade tried to encircle ...

  • Nagorno-Karabakh: Turkey’s military to assist Azerbaijan’s army with demining

    December 1, 2020

    The Turkish military will support the Azerbaijani army in clearing mines in the territories liberated from the Armenian occupation, the Defense Ministry said in a statement Monday. The ministry said the armed forces will also provide military training for the Azerbaijani army. The Turkish explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) teams will support the Azerbaijani army by clearing mines ...

  • Sniffing Like a Dog Can Improve Trace Detection of Explosives

    December 1, 2020

    By mimicking how dogs get their whiffs, government and university researchers have demonstrated that “active sniffing” can improve by more than 10 times the performance of current technologies that rely on continuous suction to detect trace amounts of explosives and other contraband. “The dog is an active aerodynamic sampling system that literally reaches out and grabs ...