News – December 2021


  • UN: Three Tanzanian peacekeepers injured in Central African Republic

    December 31, 2021

    Three Tanzanian peacekeepers serving on the United Nations’ mission in Central African Republic (MINUSCA) were injured on Thursday, when their vehicle struck an unidentified explosive device. One of the soldiers was seriously hurt, and needed to be evacuated to Bouar for treatment and then on to the capital, Bangui, MINUSCA informed. The ‘blue helmets’ were in the ...

  • Sahel Conflict Set to Worsen in 2022 – Analysts

    December 31, 2021

    Islamist militant attacks increased this past year in the Sahel region, leading to political instability that saw a coup in Mali, an attempted coup in Niger, and calls for Burkina Faso’s president to resign. Burkina Faso experienced the deadliest terrorist attacks since the conflict began, but analysts say the worst could be yet to come. 2021 ...

  • Lake Chad: Six Soldiers Killed As MNJTF Neutralize 22 Boko Haram Terrorists, Destroy Bunkers

    December 30, 2021

    Authorities in the army said on Thursday that six soldiers were killed when troops of the Multinational Joint Task Force engaged Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists within the vicinity of Mallam Fatori Town in the fringes of the Lake Chad region. According to the statement, the troops met strong resistance from the terrorists, who launched several ...

  • Mali: Four Soldiers Killed in Attack in Nara Region

    December 30, 2021

    Four Malian soldiers were killed and around a dozen others were wounded when they were attacked in the west of the county, the army said Thursday. Mali’s Armed Forces said the attack occurred late Tuesday in a region of the country where jihadists have attacked soldiers in the past. An army “unit in the Nara region was ...

  • Pakistan: At least 4 dead, several injured in Quetta blast

    December 30, 2021

    At least four people were killed and several others injured after an explosion on Jinnah Road near Saleem Medical Complex in Quetta. The Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) spokesperson said in a statement that at around 9:40pm an improvised explosive device (IED), planted at the main gate of Science College Ground, went off as participants of a public ...

  • Syria: IED wounds Turkish-backed SNA militant in Azaz

    December 30, 2021

    On Thursday, a militant of a faction affiliated with the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army (SNA) was wounded in an IED explosion that was placed in his military vehicle in the city of Azaz, in the northern countryside of Aleppo. Ahmed Maho, a member of a Turkish-backed faction affiliated with SNA, was lightly wounded when an IED ...

  • UK: Navy to dismantle sunken warship on Thames holding unstable explosives

    December 30, 2021

    The Royal Navy is to dismantle a sunken warship in the River Thames containing 1,400 tonnes of unstable explosives. It is believed that if the unexploded ordnance on the SS Richard Montgomery were triggered it could lead to the nearby oil and gas facilities in Sheerness being damaged, the Daily Telegraph reports. A Ministry of Defence report ...

  • UK: Liverpool bomber made device with murderous intent, coroner says

    December 30, 2021

    The Liverpool bomber died from an explosion and fire caused by a device he manufactured with “murderous intent”, a coroner has ruled. Emad Al Swealmeen was killed when his bomb went off while he was inside a taxi at Liverpool Women’s Hospital. Senior coroner Andre Rebello said it was unclear whether he intended the device to detonate ...

  • Pakistan: IS-K network dismantled in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

    December 30, 2021

    A network of the Islamic State-Khorasan (IS-K) terrorist group has been dismantled in Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province. A top Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) official told reporters here on Wednesday IS-K had started becoming active in the province after May this year. The militant outfit wanted to sow fear and disrupt investments in the province by attacking ...

  • Thailand: Bomb blast outside army base in far South

    December 29, 2021

    An improvised bomb was detonated against the wall of an army operations base in Rueso district on Wednesday morning, causing little damage and no injuries. The explosion occurred about 6.15am at the Narathiwat 21 special operations unit base at Ban Bale, Moo 10, in tambon Rueso, Pol Capt Komsak Teekakan, deputy chief investigator at Rueso, said. An ...

  • Pakistan: One killed in IED blast in North Waziristan

    December 29, 2021

    One person was killed and two others were injured when an improvised explosive device went off here late on Tuesday night. Police officials said that unknown miscreants had planted the IED near a tubewell in Mamakhel area of Mirali tehsil, which exploded with a bang, killing one person and injuring two others. The injured were shifted to ...

  • Nigeria: Damaturu residents told not to panic as Army to detonate IEDs

    December 28, 2021

    Residents of Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, and environs have been advised not to panic as Combat Engineers of the Headquarters Sector 2 Operation HADIN KAI, will detonate unexploded explosive ordinances in two locations within the metropolis. The locations are: near the Yobe State University along Gujba Road and another one along Maiduguri Road. This was disclosed ...

  • Russia: Supporter of Ukrainian neo-Nazi group detained for 2 months in Rostov-on-Don

    December 28, 2021

    A supporter of the Ukrainian neo-Nazi radical youth gang MKU from the southern Rostov Region who plotted the murder of a journalist has been detained for two months, a source in the regional law-enforcement agencies told TASS on Tuesday. During the questioning, a video of which was released by the FSB, the suspect said that he ...

  • Michigan: Grand Rapids police to detonate seized explosives, say blast noise likely near disposal site

    December 28, 2021

    Grand Rapids police plan to detonate seized and old explosives as part of a controlled disposal process Thursday, Dec. 30. Police issued an advisory Tuesday, Dec. 28, mostly for people who may be near the disposal site at the city’s yard waste and compost area, 2001 Butterworth St. SW. The intermittent detonations will likely be heard by ...

  • 2021 Year in Review: UN support for countries in conflict

    December 28, 2021

    Long-running conflicts continued in Syria and Yemen this year, whilst fresh unrest caused serious instability in Myanmar, Afghanistan, Ethiopia and Sudan. United Nations “Blue Helmet” peacekeepers suffered losses and injuries, particularly those serving in the peacekeeping missions in Mali and the Central African Republic (CAR). Nevertheless, the UN reaffirmed its commitment to protect those caught ...

  • Russia: IS member who plotted Moscow court blast handed 19 years behind bars

    December 28, 2021

    An Islamic State member (IS — terrorist organization, outlawed in Russia) who plotted an explosion in a Moscow military court and sought to travel to a combat zone in the Middle East has been sentenced to 19 years in prison, the FSB press office told TASS. “The Second Western Military District Court has sentenced Umarov A.S. ...

  • India: Two injured in Naxal IED blast in Chhattisgarh

    December 28, 2021

    Two workers were injured when a pressure improvised explosive device (IED) planted by Naxals went off near a pump house in Chhattisgarh’s Narayanpur district on Tuesday, a police official said. The incident took place at around 11 am near Khodgaon village under Bharanda police station limits, located around 300 km from the state capital Raipur, he ...

  • First graduation ceremony for 28 female deminers in Sudan

    December 27, 2021

    After a month-long training, the first batch of 28 young women graduated in basic humanitarian demining, joining only one other female deminer in Sudan. The successful completion of the training is an unprecedented achievement for both mine action and Sudan and was celebrated at a graduation ceremony organized by UNMAS and the National Mine Action Center ...

  • From Qatar to the streets of Dublin: Irish bomb disposal teams develop terror attack response

    December 27, 2021

    Irish bomb disposal technicians are at the forefront of developing the response to potential large-scale terror attacks on Irish soil. A team in the Curragh, along with other elements of the Irish Defence Forces, have developed a Defence Forces-wide response to so-called marauding terrorist groups. These attacks are similar to the Paris, London or the Mumbai attacks ...

  • Somalia: Blast in Jubaland kills senior spy officer

    December 26, 2021

    At least four soldiers, including a district security chief, were killed and three others wounded in a bomb blast in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu late on Saturday night. A vehicle carrying security personnel was targeted with a remote-controlled improvised explosive device in Mogadishu’s Daynile district, a police officer told Anadolu Agency. The blast took place in front of ...

  • Israel: Woman killed by car bomb in Ramle

    December 26, 2021

    A woman was killed by a car bomb in the central city of Ramle on Sunday. A second woman and her baby who were passing by at the time of the explosion were injured. It was the fourth death this month believed related to organized crime and came amid government efforts to crack down on violence in ...

  • DRC: Suicide bomber kills at least five in eastern city of Beni

    December 26, 2021

    A suicide bomber struck a restaurant in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s eastern city of Beni on Saturday, killing at least five people as well as himself, officials said. The explosion took place at INBOX bar where people were celebrating Christmas, according to a security official in Beni. The attack marks the latest violence in a region ...

  • Jammu and Kashmir: IED expert among four militants killed by security forces in Pulwama district

    December 25, 2021

    Four militants, including an IED expert, were killed in twin encounters with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, police said. While two Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants were killed in Shopian district, two Ansar Gazwat-ul-Hind ultras were gunned down in Pulwama district in south Kashmir. Acting on specific input about the presence of militants in Chowgam village ...

  • India: Ludhiana Court Bomber Wanted To Scare Judges, Lawyers

    December 25, 2021

    A former policeman who was suspected to be the bomber in a court complex explosion in Punjab’s Ludhiana wanted to scare judges and lawyers as he was facing a drugs case, the police said today. The suspect, Gagandeep Singh, was killed in the blast. A head constable, he was dismissed from service in 2019 and spent ...

  • Pakistan: Bomb goes off in Bannu

    December 25, 2021

    A bomb went off along the Bannu-Miramshah Road in Bakkakhel area of Bannu on Friday. However, no one was hurt in the blast. The road is usually used by convoys of security forces. An official source said an improvised explosive device planted by unknown miscreants along the road went off with a bang. He said the ...

  • Somali army foils bomb attacks by Al-Shabaab

    December 25, 2021

    Further details are available from a planned operation by the Somali National Army (SNA) in the Lower Shabelle region in southwestern Somalia. The operation was carried out in the areas of Shamgare, Jowhar Yareey, and Mubarak, which are all under the Adwheegle district in the region. Gorgor officials told the media that the operation led to unearthing ...

  • Mechanical Equipment in IED Clearance: Observations from Iraq

    December 24, 2021

    Mechanical equipment has been in the inventory of conventional military forces for the purposes of military engineering—including demining—since the Second World War. The integration of mechanical equipment into UNMAS Iraq clearance activities may have therefore seemed a natural evolution from what might be considered ‘conventional’ mine clearance, yet it brought with it a number of ...

  • Egypt: ISIS in Sinai claims responsibility for IED attack on pro-government vehicle

    December 23, 2021

    ISIS in the Sinai Peninsula claimed responsibility for an IED attack that targeted a pro-government militia vehicle, south of Rafah, NBC reported on Tuesday. It was not immediately clear if there were casualties in the attack. In recent days, the Egyptian military and Sinai Bedouin tribes working with it killed two ISIS commanders south of Rafah, ...