News – February 2021


  • Isle of Wight: Three Suspected Explosives Destroyed On Island Beach

    February 28, 2021

    Three objects, all of them suspected to be explosives left behind, possibly after wartime conflicts, have been destroyed by bomb disposal experts in a single operation on an Isle of Wight Beach. Members of The Needles Coastguard Rescue team said they began their work on Friday afternoon (February 26) after a member of the public reported ...

  • India: Villager injured in IED blast in Gumla

    February 28, 2021

    A villager was seriously injured in an IED blast that occurred in Marwa Karagani under Kurumgarh police station in Gumla district. The injured villager villager identified as Mahender Mahto (23) who got his one leg totally damaged in the booby trap of the Maoists. Showing a humane face the Jharkhand Police sent a chopper to Gumla ...

  • UK: Exeter residents evacuated as Royal Logistics Corps prepare to detonate World War Two bomb

    February 27, 2021

    A suspected second world war bomb discovered in Exeter will be detonated, police have confirmed. Thousands of people were evacuated from their homes in the city while authorities investigated the device, according to police. A 400-metre (1,300-ft) cordon was in place on Saturday morning, with 2,600 homes evacuated on Friday evening and Saturday. The device was found on ...

  • Colorado: White supremacist jailed for 20 years for plotting to bomb a synagogue

    February 27, 2021

    A white supremacist has been sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison for plotting to bomb a historic Colorado synagogue last year as a judge described the case as ‘dripping with Nazism.’ Richard Holzer, 28, was sentenced to 235 months in jail with an additional 14-year term of supervised release by Judge Raymond P. Moore. Throughout the ...

  • Nigeria: Electricity workers injured by Boko Haram landmine in Borno

    February 27, 2021

    Two workers of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) are now battling to survive from injuries they sustained when their vehicle ran over a landmine allegedly planted by Boko Haram terrorists at Mainok, in Kaga Local Government Area of Borno State. It was gathered that the landmine set off a huge blast which badly damaged the ...

  • Germany: Man who threatened to blow up NHS hospital convicted of extortion

    February 27, 2021

    A Berlin-born man who threatened to blow up an NHS hospital unless he was paid £10m in cryptocurrency has been convicted of extortion by a German court. Emil A, an Italian national, sent the first threatening email to the NHS in April 2020 – at the height of the first peak of the coronavirus pandemic – ...

  • Counter-terror training may be enforced for some UK venues

    February 26, 2021

    The UK government has launched a consultation to develop plans to make it a legal requirement for public places to improve security measures following a campaign by the mother of a Manchester Arena attack victim. The 18-week long consultation into the Protect Duty, which begins on Friday, will work with counter-terror police and seek contributions over ...

  • Thailand: Home-bomber dies in explosion in Kanchanaburi Province

    February 26, 2021

    A 22-year-old man was found dead, his arm blown off, after a homemade bomb exploded in a field near his house in Muang district on Friday morning. Local police were informed of the explosion, outside house No.360 in Ban Nong Kung village of tambon Ban Thum, about 11am. At the scene, they found Amornthep Thongchomphu lying dead. ...

  • Malta: Suspected bombmakers accused of complicity in journalist’s murder

    February 25, 2021

    Two men suspected of supplying the bomb that killed Maltese anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia faced formal charges in a late-night court appearance under heavy security by armed police. Shortly before they appeared in court, the commissioner of police said late on Wednesday that on the basis of available evidence all those connected to the murder ...

  • Texas: Williamson County man found with bombs threatened to kill himself, officers

    February 25, 2021

    A Williamson County man who forced a neighborhood evacuation Tuesday threatened to burn down his house, kill law enforcement officers and commit suicide just days after authorities served him divorce papers last month, court papers show. John Christopher Crawson, 47, is charged with making terroristic threats in connection to this week’s incident at his home outside ...

  • India: Vehicle With Explosives Found Near Mukesh Ambani’s House In Mumbai

    February 25, 2021

    An abandoned vehicle with explosive material was found near business tycoon Mukesh Ambani’s house in Mumbai on Thursday, Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh said, in a bomb scare just metres away from where India’s richest man lives under high security. “A Scorpio van with some gelatin was found at some distance from Mukesh Ambani’s home in ...

  • Seattle police arrest felon in stolen car, find homemade bomb

    February 25, 2021

    Police said they found a handgun and homemade explosive device in a car that was being driven by a felon. Officers spotted the stolen car in the 7000 block of Marginal Way South in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood around 7 p.m. Tuesday. When officers pulled over the driver, he ran away but was quickly arrested and searched. Officers ...

  • Afghanistan: 6 Public Uprising Force Members Killed in Herat Car Bomb Attack

    February 25, 2021

    At least six public uprising force members were killed and four more were wounded in a car bomb attack on a security outpost in the western province of Herat on Wednesday night, source confirmed. The attack took place in Qudus Abad village in Kohsan district of the province on Wednesday night when a car bomb happened ...

  • Pakistan: Explosive device found near railway station in Rawalpindi

    February 25, 2021

    An improvised explosive device (IED) was found near the railway station on Wednesday. A locally-made device, containing about 1kg of explosive material filled in a plastic bottle with a detonator, was described by bomb disposal experts as mobile device. It was lying adjacent to an under-construction building in the vicinity of Mithu Khan Ahata Saddar along Railway ...

  • Afghan National Police bomb disposal unit discovered and neutralized IEDs in Kandahar, Nimruz, Logar and several other provinces across Afghanistan

    February 25, 2021

    Afghan National Police bomb disposal unit discovered & neutralized 6 Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) in Kandahar, Nimruz & Logar. Meanwhile, 2 Taliban terrorists expert of Improvised Explosive Device (IED) making were killed by their own bomb blast in PD#12, Kandahar City of Kandahar province. https://twitter.com/moiafghanistan/status/1364814214863405059 23 February 2021 ANP bomb disposal unit discovered and defused three roadside ...

  • Salt Lake City: Explosive materials, stolen body armor seized from Vernal house

    February 25, 2021

    A Vernal man who police say had bomb-making materials in his house and a bullet-proof vest from a sheriff’s office in a hidden space was arrested in Uintah County. On Tuesday, Uintah County sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of an assault at a home. Deputies found an intoxicated man outside the house who claimed that ...

  • India: Bidar police seize 1,675 kg of explosives

    February 25, 2021

    Acting on a tip-off, the Bidar police raided a construction company at Sultanpur village in the district on Wednesday and seized 67 gelatine slurry explosive boxes, each weighing 25 kg, illegally stocked in a tipper. According to sources in the Police Department, the police received the information about the illegal stock of explosives at the G.K. ...

  • Cambodia sees significant drop in landmine, munition casualties in last 24 years: PM

    February 24, 2021

    Cambodia had seen a remarkable drop in the number of casualties from landmines and explosive remnants of war (ERW) in the last 24 years, Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen said. In a message to mark the National Mine Awareness Day on Wednesday, Hun Sen said the number of casualties had declined to 65 in 2020 ...

  • UK: Pilot App Launches To Help Public Report Terrorist Content Online

    February 24, 2021

    The iREPORTit app has been funded by City Hall and created in partnership with the national Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit. It will enable Londoners and people across the country to report terrorist content online quickly, easily and anonymously to the police using their smartphone. The new app recognises that we all have a part to ...

  • Manchester Arena inquiry: Live exercise before bombing was ‘catastrophic failure’

    February 24, 2021

    A live counter-terrorism exercise a year before the Manchester Arena bombing was a “catastrophic failure” and would have led to even more loss of life had it been real, the inquiry has heard. Firefighters and paramedics did not turn up for more than two hours after the police failed to call them forward during the 2016 ...

  • Afghanistan: Afghan Armed Forces discovered and defused 20 IEDs in Helmand province including car bomb in Maidan Wardak

    February 24, 2021

    Afghan National Army discovered and defused 20 IEDs which were placed by Taliban on public roads in Nahr-Saraj district of Helmand province. Lives of tens of civilians were saved as a result. https://twitter.com/MoDAfghanistan/status/1364483664281821185 23 February 2021 Afghan Air Force destroyed a car bomb in Sayeb-Abad district of Maidan Wardak province today. The car bomb which was prepared ...

  • Nigeria: 10 Killed in Suspected Boko Haram Attack in Maiduguri

    February 24, 2021

    Officials in Nigeria’s Borno state say 10 people have died from explosions around the northeast city of Maiduguri. Residents in affected areas have fled their homes. Local officials suspect Islamist militant group Boko Haram was behind the blasts. There was relative calm on Wednesday and residents who fled their homes last night returned to the affected ...

  • Philippines: Women linked to Abu Sayyaf suicide bombings arrested in Sulu

    February 23, 2021

    At least nine women, including the three daughters of the acting Abu Sayyaf Group leader, have been arrested in a series of raids, the Philippines military said on Tuesday, as the government steps up efforts to go after armed fighters accused of carrying out a string of deadly bombings in the southern province of Sulu. The ...

  • Philippines: 4 hurt in IED blast in Sorsogon

    February 23, 2021

    Three civilians and a police officer were wounded when two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) exploded on the national highway in Pilar town in Sorsogon province on Monday, Feb. 22. Major Maria Luisa Calubaquib, Bicol police spokesperson, said Corporal Jeffry Enconge Putian and three civilians were injured and taken to the Bicol Regional Training and Teaching and ...

  • Louisiana: Kenner man accused of possessing explosive materials to make fireworks is arrested

    February 22, 2021

    Since October, Kenner residents have been reporting the sound of loud explosions near their neighborhoods. On Monday, local police said they think they’ve figured out what has been causing them. Devin Staehle, 18, has been booked on a charge of manufacturing and possessing a bomb after detectives searched his home and found a “significant quantity of ...

  • Afghanistan: Many killed, wounded in Kabul, Helmand Explosions

    February 21, 2021

    A police ranger-type vehicle was targeted by an explosion in Baraki square PD4 of Kabul city. According to police, the incident occurred at around 4:22 pm local time on Sunday. “Terrorists” detonated a roadside bomb in the area, police told media. Kabul police stated at least two people including a child worker were killed and five others were ...

  • aunav.NEO, the only explosive ordnance disposal robot with variable geometry, will be presented at IDEX 2021

    February 21, 2021

    Press release IDEX 2021, Abu Dabi The first public demonstration of aunav’s latest robot, which can increase or decrease its width during a mission and allows immediate adaptation to its environment. Lightweight, demountable, and easily transportable, the robot incorporates state-of-the-art technology. To be visited at the aunav stand (stand 10-B10), in the Spanish Pavilion. Abu Dhabi, 21st February 2021 – ...