News – January 2021


  • Lebanon: Small Bomb Explodes in West Bekaa Town

    January 31, 2021

    An improvised explosive device containing around 200 grams of highly explosive TNT was hurled Sunday from the window of a house in the West Bekaa town of Libbaya, the National News Agency said. The explosion caused material damage and a Honda SUV parked near the house was affected, NNA added. Army troops and security forces have since ...

  • ‘Making our home safe again’: meet the women who clear land mines

    January 31, 2021

    After decades of war, more and more women are working to remove lethal mines and IEDs from the fields and cities of their homelands. It’s dangerous, but it’s helping to rebuild their lives. The job of a deminer used to be considered “men’s work”, partly because of the danger and partly because of the physical demands ...

  • Somalia: Huge Explosion Rocks Hotel in Mogadishu And At Least 8 Children killed in A Separate Explosion in Golweyn Area

    January 31, 2021

    Reports from Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, say a huge explosion has occurred near a popular hotel on the road to the airport. Witnesses say the massive blast occurred near Hotel Afrik, a popular hotel near a busy security checkpoint to Mogadishu airport. Initial reports say suspected al-Shabab gunmen stormed the hotel and a fierce exchange of gunfire between ...

  • Germany: 4 World War II bombs prompt evacuation in Göttingen

    January 31, 2021

    German bomb disposal expert detonated four WWII bombs after thousands of Göttingen residents were forced to leave their homes. Officials had suspended some of the anti-pandemic measures during the evacuation effort. On Saturday, more than 8,000 people left their homes in Göttingen, with police, firefighters and the German army all taking part in the large-scale evacuation ...

  • Kenya: Explosive targeting police kills two hyenas in Wajir county

    January 30, 2021

    An Improvised Explosive Devise (IED) that had been set up by al Shabaab terrorists hit and killed two curious hyenas in a bizarre incident in Konton area, Wajir County. The area is near the Kenya-Somalia border where the terror group and their sympathisers roam freely targeting security agents and government officials. Police said they heard an explosion ...

  • The Netherlands: World War II bombs excavated in Enschede; two more found in Sluis

    January 30, 2021

    The Ministry’s of Defense’s explosive removal department EOD dug out one bomb in Enschede on Thursday morning while two more were found in Sluis this week. The American bomb in Enschede was already discovered a year ago on the former Twente airfield, ANP reports. The airfield was the site of fierce battles during World War II. ...

  • South Africa: Bomb squad frees cash guard with explosive device strapped to body

    January 30, 2021

    A police bomb disposal team disarmed an explosive device strapped to the body of a hijacked cash-in-transit guard in Cape Town on Saturday. SBV Services confirmed that two teams of guards delivering cash to an ATM were hijacked and later released unharmed on the N2 near Macassar. “One of the staff members had an explosive device strapped ...

  • North Carolina community concerned after months of explosions, homemade explosive device found recently

    January 29, 2021

    Explosions are waking people up in the middle of the night. For the past six months, people living in a Gibsonville neighborhood have reported the blasts to police. Video Transcript – A dark green charred fuse connected to a copper pipe to create a homemade explosive. – It’s pretty scary. – This device is likely what caused one of ...

  • Taliban PsyOps: Afghan Militants Weaponize Commercial Drones

    January 29, 2021

    The Taliban has used small commercial drone aircraft in recent years for reconnaissance and to make propaganda videos of attacks. But now, the militant group is deploying the remote-controlled devices as a new weapon against Afghan security forces. Using a tactic of the Islamic State (IS) extremist group in Iraq and Syria, Taliban fighters are rigging low-cost, ...

  • ASEAN and Geneva demining organisations sign MoU

    January 29, 2021

    The ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC) in Phnom Penh has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) to assist national mine action authorities in the Asean region. Prum Suonpraseth, executive director of ARMAC, highlighted that ARMAC’s existence to support the Asean member states in the area of ...

  • Azerbaijan: Mine action agency specialist injured in blast in Aghdam

    January 29, 2021

    A specialist of Azerbaijan’s Mine Action Agency has been seriously wounded in the blast of an anti-personnel mine in liberated Aghdam region, the agency press service reported on January 29. The demining group team leader at the agency, Elmaddin Mirzayev, 38, was hit by the anti-personnel mine in Aghdam region’s Tagibayli village while being on duty ...

  • India: Small explosion near Israeli Embassy in New Delhi

    January 29, 2021

    Police in New Delhi say a “very low intensity” device has exploded near the Israeli Embassy in the Indian capital, causing no injuries and little damage. A “very low intensity” device exploded Friday near the Israeli Embassy in the Indian capital, but there were no injuries and little damage, police said. New Delhi police said the only ...

  • Keeping all Sri Lankans safe

    January 29, 2021

    Our beautiful country has steadily recovered from the long conflict of three decades. The nation is on its determined journey towards restoration and reconciliation. The sound of gunfire and exploding shells have ceased since 2009. But many people have not fully understood the massive humanitarian demining operation undertaken by the Sri Lanka Army over the ...

  • Afghanistan: Head of Lashkar-e-Islam and 3 Other Militants Reportedly Killed in Roadside Bomb Explosion in Nangarhar

    January 29, 2021

    Head of the banned Lashkar-e-Islam was killed along with three others, claim Afghanistan officials Mangal Bagh, the head of banned militant group Lashkar-e-Islam, has been killed in an explosion in the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, a government official claimed on Thursday. “Mangal Bagh, also known as Mangal Bagh Afridi, the leader of Lashkar-e-Islam, a militant organization operating ...

  • Mission Success: DTRA Technical Integrators Return Home from Operation Resolute Support

    January 28, 2021

    KABUL, AFGHANISTAN – After providing Allied and Afghan forces with a cloak of protection from adversarial asymmetric weapons since May 2017, technical integrators (TI) from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) closed up shop and returned to the National Capitol Region until their next mission. Meanwhile, the men and women still serving at the New ...

  • Somalia: One Security Officer Killed, Three Injured In Mandera IED Explosion

    January 28, 2021

    At least one security officer was killed and three others injured when their vehicle was hit by an Improvised Explosive Device along the Omarjillo-Arabia Road in Mandera County. The explosive had been set on the road to target the security personnel who were passing there. Security personnel who arrived there soon after the Wednesday afternoon explosion said ...

  • New Hampshire: ‘Annoyed’ man blew up car to get revenge on loud neighbor

    January 28, 2021

    A New Hampshire man who was “annoyed” with his loud neighbor rigged a homemade explosive device and blew up their car to get revenge on them for allegedly making “excessive noise,” prosecutors said. Alexander Arsenault, 35, of Greenfield, pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to a charge of possession of an unregistered firearm in connection with ...

  • Winter 2020/21 edition of the Counter-IED Report magazine is now available to read online and in print

    January 28, 2021

    We are pleased to inform you that Winter 2020/21 edition of the Counter-IED Report is now available to read online and in print. Articles, in-depth analysis and insights from C-IED Centre of Excellence, Directorate of Mine Action Coordination (DMAC), Med-Eng, DynITEC, 3DX-Ray Ltd., Small Wars Journal-El Centro, CBRNe Secure India, Terrogence et al. To view contents please visit this ...

  • Kenya: One security officer killed, three injured in Mandera IED explosion

    January 28, 2021

    At least one security officer was killed and three others injured when their vehicle was hit by an Improvised Explosive Device along the Omarjillo-Arabia Road in Mandera County. The explosive had been set on the road to target the security personnel who were passing there. Security personnel who arrived there soon after the Wednesday afternoon explosion said ...

  • New Zealand: Three years in prison for fake bomb maker

    January 28, 2021

    An airport security officer who planted a fake bomb was “cruel” in executing his plan two days after the Christchurch mosque attacks, a judge said. Preetam Prakash Maid (32) appeared in the Dunedin District Court for sentence yesterday and was jailed for three years after a jury in November found him guilty of a charge laid ...

  • UK: Bomb disposal unit called over suspicious package at Wrexham plant linked to vaccine

    January 27, 2021

    A bomb disposal unit is dealing with an incident after a suspicious package was reported at a plant where the AstraZeneca vaccine is put into vials. In a statement, the company which operates the site, Wockhardt UK, said it had partially evacuated the site as it investigated the package. The company, which is a supply partner for ...

  • Blue Helmets trained in robotic mine clearance

    January 27, 2021

    Thirty-one of Cambodia’s Blue Helmet troops are being trained to use robotics to clear mines and unexploded ordnance (UXO) before being sent on United Nations (UN) peacekeeping missions. Deputy director-general of the National Center for Peacekeeping Force, Mines and Explosive Remnants of War Clearance (NPMEC) Prak Soth said on Monday at the opening ceremony for the ...

  • Philippines: 1 dead, 2 hurt in IED blast in Cotabato

    January 27, 2021

    One person was killed and two others were hurt when an improvised explosive device went off at a waiting shed in Tulunan town, Cotabato province at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 27. Major Jun Napat, Tulunan town police, said the blast occurred at a waiting shed as a Yellow Bus unit arrived and was about to ...

  • California: Napa Man Charged With Possession Of Five Pipe Bombs

    January 27, 2021

    SAN FRANCISCO – Ian Benjamin Rogers was charged yesterday in a federal criminal complaint with possessing five pipe bombs that were unregistered destructive devices, announced United States Attorney David L. Anderson and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Craig D. Fair. “We allege that Ian Benjamin Rogers possessed homemade pipe bombs and the materials ...

  • Afghanistan: 3 killed, 13 wounded in bomb explosions in Afghanistan

    January 27, 2021

    Three people have been killed and 13 others wounded in two separate bomb explosions in Afghanistan, the latest in a string of bomb attacks in the militancy-hit country, authorities said Wednesday. In the capital city Kabul, two police officers were slightly wounded when an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) struck a police pickup truck in Police District ...

  • Somalia: Civilian Killed In Roadside Bomb On Afgoye-Mogadishu Road Construction Site

    January 27, 2021

    A landmine explosion has hit a vehicle transporting Turkish company workers near ex-control Afgoye in Mogadishu on Wednesday. According to witnesses, one pedestrian was killed and another one injured rushed to the hospital for treatment. Al-Shabaab often targets Turkish workers and engineers building a tarmac road between Mogadishu and Afgoye, and construction is nearing completion near Afgoye. Authorities ...

  • Jammu and Kashmir: Four Army jawans injured in IED blast in Shamsipora area

    January 27, 2021

    Four Army jawans were injured in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast that was planted near a school in Shamsipora area of South Kashmir’s Kulgam district. A senior police official told AIR News that four personnel of Army’s Road Opening Party (ROP) of 24 RR were injured in the blast. All the injured have been ...