News – December 2023


  • Pakistan: Violence-Related Fatalities Mark A Record 6-Year High, 56% Surge In Violence Recorded In 2023

    December 31, 2023

    In 2023, Pakistan witnessed 1524 violence-related fatalities and 1463 injuries from as many as 789 terror attacks and counter-terror operations. This includes nearly 1000 fatalities among civilians and security forces personnel. The overall fatalities including those of outlaws mark a record 6-year high, exceeding the 2018 level and highest since 2017. Moreover, the country saw a ...

  • US forces attack three Houthi boats in Red Sea, killing at least 10 fighters

    December 31, 2023

    The US military stated earlier on Sunday that it sunk three boats waging an attack on a container ship in the Red Sea as it continued its patrol mission to counter threats from the Houthi rebels. Helicopters from two US warships – the USS Eisenhower and USS Gravely – shot at the “Iranian-backed Houthi small boats” ...

  • Denmark assists Iraq in clearing landmines

    December 31, 2023

    The Danish government has contributed an additional $3.17 million to the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) in Iraq. The new contribution will help the Iraqi government protect civilians from the threat of explosive ordnance and support humanitarian, socioeconomic, and reconstruction efforts, according to a statement released by the UNMAS. The Danish government has given the ...

  • Israel: IDF combat engineers, bulldozer, a key weapon in the Gaza war

    December 31, 2023

    On October 7, Hamas terrorists attacked dozens of points along the border with Gaza. They broke through the security fence and massacred people in Israeli communities. It took days of fighting to secure the border area again on Israel’s side of the fence. When the fighting was mostly done and Israeli communities retaken, the damage had ...

  • Red Sea: UKMTO receives report of incident near Yemen’s Hodeidah

    December 30, 2023

    United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) on Saturday received a report of an incident approximately 55 nautical miles (nM) south west of Yemen’s Hodeidah port where “the master reported a loud bang and a flash on the port bow of the vessel.” The vessel is proceeding to the next port of call, UKMTO said in an ...

  • France to deploy 90,000 police officers to patrol New Year’s Eve festivities

    December 30, 2023

    Speaking at a press conference, Darmanin cited a “very high terrorist threat” because, in part, of “what is happening in Israel and Palestine,” referring to the Israel-Hamas war. Darmanin said that police for the first time will be able to use drones as part of security work, and that tens of thousands of firefighters and 5,000 ...

  • Nigeria: NSCDC Officer Killed By IED Explosion In Borno

    December 30, 2023

    An improvised explosive device (IED) has claimed the life of an officer of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Abubakar Nurudeen, in Jakana, Konduga Local Government Area, along the Maiduguri-Damaturu road, Borno State. Nurudeen was, on Thursday, inspecting Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) power lines previously brought down by unknown persons when the tragedy ...

  • Nigeria: Police Hunt For Armed Insurgents Who Killed Two Personnel In Anambra

    December 29, 2023

    The Anambra State Police Command says it has launched an intensive manhunt for armed insurgents who infiltrated from a neighbouring state and killed two Police Personnel. The gang which disguised in military fatigue and seemed to be on a kidnap mission were jolted on seeing two armed Police officers approaching their direction, opening fire on the ...

  • Navy’s Irregular Warfare Unit Releases Advanced Technology Research & Development BAA

    December 28, 2023

    The U.S. Navy’s Irregular Warfare Technical Support Directorate, or IWTSD, has released a broad agency announcement seeking research proposals in areas of advanced development and explosive ordnance disposal and explosive operations. A notice posted Wednesday on SAM.gov states that the IWTSD aims to identify technologies and approaches to enhance the Department of Defense’s ability to conduct ...

  • Texas: Crimes Involving Pipe Bombs in 2023

    December 28, 2023

    Not too long ago, a friend who lives in Plano, Texas sent me a facebook post she thought I would be interested in seeing. The post, made by Collin County Sheriff’s Office based out of McKinney, Texas, detailed how a suspected pipe bomb had been spotted in a cemetery on December 14. In this situation, the ...

  • 775th EOD Flight forges bonds with community first responders

    December 28, 2023

    LAYTON, Utah — Technicians from Hill Air Force Base’s 775th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight tested their emergency response skills while forging valuable bonds with local first responders during a recent off-base training exercise. Working with the Davis County Bomb Squad, the exercise simulated a worst-case scenario involving hostage situations and multiple explosive devices in an urban ...

  • How Qatar helped the Houthis become a threat to Israel

    December 28, 2023

    The Yemeni Houthi militia shoots missiles at Israel and blocks international shipping routes on the Red Sea. Its members dance traditional Yemeni dances on the ships they seize, and they chant “Death to Israel, death to America.” While the Houthis — who also go by the name “Ansar Allah,” or “Supporters of God” — have emerged ...

  • Hong Kong: Teenager jailed for six years after admitting bomb plot

    December 28, 2023

    A Hong Kong man has been sentenced to six years in prison after pleading guilty to a terrorism charge under a Beijing-imposed national security law over his involvement in a foiled plot to bomb court buildings. Prosecutors said Ho Yu-wang, 19, was the plot mastermind who planned to manufacture explosives and target court buildings in 2021. Read more… Source: ...

  • Somalia: National Intelligence and Security Agency arrests 8, including Ugandan linked to Al-Shabaab

    December 28, 2023

    The National Intelligence and Security Agency said it detained eight people in connection with the Al-Qaeda-linked militant group, Al-Shabaab. In a statement, NISA said the suspects were traveling in a car that was intercepted in Afgoye, 30 kilometers west of Mogadishu while transporting electronics to Al-Shabaab. NISA stepped up a crackdown on Al-Shabaab sleeping cells in ...

  • Israel: Bomb targets home in Herzliya Pituah neighborhood

    December 28, 2023

    An explosion rocked one of Israel’s most upscale streets on Wednesday evening, in what was the second incident within a day seemingly targeting family members of a business figure who has ties to the criminal underworld. The blast happened on Galei Tchelet Street in the affluent Herzliya Pituah neighborhood of the central city of Herzliya. Many ...

  • Iraq: Missing Kuwaiti and Saudi hunters killed by a leftover Islamic State group explosive in Anbar

    December 27, 2023

    The bodies of a Kuwaiti citizen and a Saudi with Kuwaiti residency who had disappeared in Iraq were found Tuesday, Kuwait’s minister of foreign affairs said in a statement. Iraqi security officials said the men, who had reportedly come to Iraq on a hunting trip, were killed by an explosive left behind by the Islamic State ...

  • India: Over 180 IEDs found this year in Chhattisgarh

    December 26, 2023

    Two pressure improvised explosive devices (IEDs) planted by Naxalites on a road have been recovered by security personnel in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh, police said on Tuesday. With this, the security forces have recovered at least 180 IEDs planted by Naxalites so far this year in the state, they said. “Two IEDs, weighing 5 kg each, ...

  • Somalia: Southwest State security forces foil car bomb attack in Baidoa city

    December 26, 2023

    The security forces of Somalia’s Southwest regional state carried out an operation in the vicinity of the strategic city of Baidoa following a tip-off from residents. The hawk-eyed Darwish forces managed to seize a car packed with explosives while en route to Baidoa to conduct a suicide attack in the interim capital of Southwest State. Read more… Source: ...

  • Pakistan: Tribal elder killed in Waziristan blast

    December 26, 2023

    A tribal elder was killed in Azam Warsak area in Lower South Waziristan district here on Monday, police sources said. The sources said that the tribal elder identified as Akbar Jan was going home on a motorcycle when he was attacked with an improvised explosive device (IED) at the Azam Warsak area. He lost life on ...

  • India: Delhi Police investigate reports of a blast near Israel embassy

    December 26, 2023

    A search operation is underway and all staff are unharmed, officials said. Delhi Police sources said a typed letter addressed to the Israeli ambassador was found in a garden area behind the embassy, where the explosion took place.When contacted, Israeli embassy spokesperson Guy Nir said, “We can confirm that around 5:48 pm, there was a blast ...

  • U.S. launches retaliatory strikes after drone attack on Iraq military base wounds 3 U.S. service members

    December 26, 2023

    A drone attack by an Iran-affiliated terrorist group on a military base in Iraq early Monday morning left three U.S. service members wounded, the Pentagon said, and prompted President Biden to order retaliatory strikes. The attack on the Erbil Air Base in northern Iraq was conducted by Kataib Hezbollah militants, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said in ...

  • UK: North Finchley and Golders Green MP’s office hit by suspected arson attack

    December 26, 2023

    Police are investigating a suspected arson attack at the office of North London Conservative MP Mike Freer. A fire broke out at the rear of the North Finchley and Golders Green MP’s constituency office at around 19:00 on Christmas Eve. The Met Police confirmed it is investigating the fire. Mr Freer told the BBC the fire ...

  • India: Initial probe shows drone attack on merchant ship

    December 26, 2023

    The Indian Navy’s preliminary assessment of the Merchant Vessel Chem Pluto on Monday has pointed “towards a drone attack.” “The analysis of the area of attack and debris found on the ship point to a drone attack. However, further forensic and technical analysis will be required to establish the vector of attack, including type and amount ...

  • Cyprus: Christmas day car bombing in Limassol

    December 25, 2023

    A car was targeted by an improvised explosive device in the early hours of the morning on Christmas day. The car, belonging to a 52-year-old accountant in Limassol, was parked outside the owner’s residence in the Mesa Geitonia area. The assailant placed a factory-made explosive device enhanced with low-power explosive material in the car’s windscreen and ...