News – January 2020


  • Al-Shabaab bomb expert killed by Somali commandos in Lower Shabelle

    January 16, 2020

    The Somali Commando force known as Danab have killed an Al-Shabaab bomb expert in a raid near the town of Wanlaweyn in Lower Shabelle, southern Somalia. The explosives expert, described by officials leading the operation as a senior Al-Shabaab commander named Mohamed Osman Hussein Bulush, was shot dead in a firefight with the commandos, who initially ...

  • FBI arrests 3 linked to white supremacist group ahead of pro-gun rally

    January 16, 2020

    FBI agents on Thursday arrested a former Canadian armed forces reservist and two other men who are linked to a violent white supremacist group and were believed to be heading to a pro-gun rally next week in Virginia’s capital. The three men are members of the Base and were arrested on federal charges in a criminal complaint unsealed ...

  • IED on Incendiary Balloon from Gaza Explodes in Southern Israel Community

    January 16, 2020

    A homemade bomb tied to a collection of pretty balloons that was flown into southern Israel by Gaza terrorists blew up in a community on Thursday before sappers had time to defuse it. The cluster of balloons, tied to an improvised explosive device (IED), had landed in an open area in the Sdot Negev Regional Council ...

  • Roadside bomb kills five government employees in southern Zabul province

    January 16, 2020

    A roadside bomb targeted the Afghan government employees in the southern Zabul province on Thursday, which caused the death of a driver and four passengers, the provincial officials said. The provincial governor’s spokesman Gulsalam Siyal said the blast occurred this afternoon around 12:00 pm local time when the Da Afghanistan Brishna Sherkat (DABS) employees’ vehicle was ...

  • Bradford man jailed for downloading terrorism manuals had ‘ISIS ideology’

    January 16, 2020

    A man who downloaded guides on how to make explosives has been jailed for more than four years for terrorism offences. Umar Hafeez, from Bradford, was charged with thirteen offences of possessing a record likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism – contrary to Section 58 of the Terrorism ...

  • Nepal: Improvised explosive defused

    January 15, 2020

    A bomb disposal team from the Nepali Army defused an improvised explosive device found on the stairs of NIC Asia Bank’s branch office in Rajbiraj, Saptari, today. Employees of the branch office had reported to the police after they noticed the bomb when they opened the office this morning. A bomb disposal team deployed from NA’s Bhimdal ...

  • ‘Highly explosive’ ordnance found on Selsey beach

    January 15, 2020

    Bomb disposal experts have carried out a controlled explosion on multiple pieces of wartime ordnance found on a West Sussex beach. The item was first discovered by a member of the public at Medmerry in Selsey on Monday afternoon. Selsey’s coastguard team was called out at 1pm but the ordnance was well covered by the tide, meaning ...

  • Hong Kong police defuse homemade bomb, arrest four

    January 15, 2020

    Hong Kong police have defused a homemade pipe bomb and found equipment suspected of being used to make explosives at residential units in Mong Kok and Sheung Shui. Four men have been arrested in connection with the case. The men, aged 21 to 29, were arrested on suspicion of unlawful assembly, possession of explosives, conspiracy to manufacture explosives and ...

  • Denmark Grants Additional USD 4.4 Million for Explosive Hazard Management in Retaken Areas of Iraq

    January 15, 2020

    The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) in Iraq welcomes an additional contribution of DKK 29.5 million (over USD 4.4 million) from the Government of Denmark to further enable stabilization and humanitarian efforts through explosive hazard management in retaken areas of Iraq. With this contribution UNMAS will be able to better support the safe, dignified, and ...

  • DHS to Retailers: Watch Out for Suspicious Buyers of Explosive Target Kits

    January 15, 2020

    Readily available exploding targets used by shooters for long-range target practice “can be easily misused” to construct improvised explosive devices, the Department of Homeland Security’s Bomb-Making Materials Awareness Program reminded stakeholders in a new bulletin. The BMAP is an outreach partnership under the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency that helps educate state and local entities on how everyday ...

  • NATO discusses regional security with the King of Jordan

    January 14, 2020

    Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan to NATO Headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday (14 January 2020) for talks about the Alliance’s strong partnership with Jordan and the current situation in the Middle East. Mr. Stoltenberg stressed that Jordan is one of NATO’s closest global partners and that the Alliance and ...

  • Bangor: Woman and children ‘shaken’ by pipe bomb attack

    January 13, 2020

    A woman and children have been left shaken after a pipe bomb attack on a house in County Down, police said. The security alert in the Killaire Wood Lane area of Bangor has now ended. A number of people were moved from their homes, but have since been allowed to return. The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) ...

  • Loud blast shakes homes in central Stockholm

    January 13, 2020

    The blast happened at 1am at the street Gyllenstiernsgatan in the Östermalm area of the Swedish capital, but could be heard several kilometres away. It damaged the building and parked cars, with broken glass and other debris covering the area. “We believe that the explosion happened in or at the building, but exactly where is still ...

  • Suicide bombing in Pakistan mosque kills at least 15

    January 12, 2020

    The death toll from a suicide bombing at a mosque in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta rose to 15 on Saturday, officials said. The blast during Friday evening prayers wounded at least 20 other people, police said. “Two of the wounded people died overnight in the hospital,” said provincial home minister Zia Langove, adding that six people were still in ...

  • DoD Identifies Two U.S. Soldiers Killed By An Improvised Explosive Device In Afghanistan

    January 12, 2020

    The Department of Defense (DoD) on Sunday identified two American troops who died after an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated this weekend in southern Afghanistan. The two service members—Staff Sgt. Ian P. McLaughlin, 29, of Newport News, Virginia, and Pfc. Miguel A. Villalon, 21, of Joliet, Illinois—were killed in action on Saturday when their vehicle was ...

  • HMP Whitemoor: Knife attack by inmates wearing fake suicide vests treated as terrorism

    January 10, 2020

    An assault on prison officers by two inmates wearing fake suicide vests is being treated as a terror attack, police have said. One officer was left with stab wounds to his head and neck following the incident at the maximum security HMP Whitemoor in Cambridgeshire on Thursday morning. He was set on from behind by the prisoners, ...

  • Islamic extremism wracks Burkina Faso, spreading east

    January 10, 2020

    Nearly 1,000 civilians were killed in 2019 by local militias and fighters linked to Islamic extremists, a spike in attacks of nearly 190%, according to the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project, which collects and analyzes conflict information. The violence in northern and now eastern Burkina Faso has displaced more than half a million people, ...

  • Terrorist attack on Colombian air base injures 1

    January 10, 2020

    One person was injured early Friday in a terrorist attack at a Colombian air force base. The Colombian Air Force confirmed there was an attack at the Casanare Air Group in Yopal. The attack happened about 2:20 a.m., local time, on Friday. Officials said an IED exploded inside a vehicle at the base, injuring a noncommissioned officer. ...

  • Niger says 25 soldiers killed in latest attack blamed on jihadist militants

    January 9, 2020

    Suspected Islamist militants killed 25 soldiers and wounded six others in an attack on an army post in west Niger near its border with Mali on Thursday, the government said in a statement. It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the attack on the post at Chinagodrar, about 130 miles (209 km) north of ...

  • Turkey destroys hundreds of mines, IEDs in Syria

    January 9, 2020

    Turkish security forces have destroyed 891 mines and 1,660 improvised explosive devices in northern Syria within the area of its latest anti-terror operation in the region, the National Defense Ministry said Thursday. “Our commandos meticulously continue clearing mine/IEDs booby-trapped by PKK/YPG terrorists which pose great danger to soldiers and civilians in the Operation Peace Spring area. ...