News – January 2021


  • Cambodia: Another one tonne UXO cleared from sunken warship in the Mekong River

    January 27, 2021

    Over one tonne of unexploded ordnance (UXO) and remnants of war were cleared from a sunken warship in the Mekong River in Kampong Cham province on Sunday, increasing the total amount recovered to more than six tonnes since its discovery on November 5, 2020. Commander of the UXO Clearance Unit of the National Centre for Peacekeeping ...

  • Nyati barracks opened as Kenya, UK strengthen ties

    January 26, 2021

    The new Nyati Barracks has been officially opened at the British Army Training Unit Kenya in Nanyuki. This was part of a two-day visit to Kenya by the UK’s Secretary of State for Defence, Ben Wallace MP. Opening the barracks alongside Defence CS Monica Juma, Wallace took a tour of the refurbished facility, speaking to Kenyan and ...

  • Afghanistan: Blast in Kabul’s PD5 Hits Vehicle, Kills 1

    January 26, 2021

    At least one person was killed in a blast that hit a vehicle in Kabul city on Tuesday morning, Kabul police confirmed in a statement. The blast took place about 11:15 am local time in PD5 of Kabul city, Kabul police said, who added that an investigation into the incident is ongoing. Previously, eyewitnesses said that a ...

  • Philippines: IED explosion kills motorcycle driver in Maguindanao

    January 26, 2021

    A passing motorcycle driver was killed while his backrider was rushed to a nearby hospital after a powerful explosion hit them while traversing the national road going to downtown South Upi, Maguindanao 5:45 a.m. Tuesday. Around 10:30 a.m., another improvised explosive device was found in the market area by vigilant market goers who immediately reported to ...

  • Afghanistan: GCPSU and ANP discovered and defused dozens of IEDs in Nimruz and Zabul provinces, arrests a bombmaker in Laghman province

    January 26, 2021

    GCPSU discovered & defused 12 IEDs after several hours of efforts & point to point search operations in Khash Rod district of Nimruz province. Meanwhile, ANP detected two IEDs planted by terrorists in Shahr Safa district of Zabul province. https://twitter.com/moiafghanistan/status/1353978465830187008 On 21 January 2021, two Taliban terrorists expert of Improvised Explosive Device (IED) making were killed & ...

  • Northern Ireland: Suspicious object in Lurgan, County Armagh an ‘elaborate hoax’

    January 25, 2021

    A suspicious object that led to a security alert in Lurgan, County Armagh, was an “elaborate hoax,” the police have said. Several residents had to leave their homes when the object was discovered in the Manor Drive area of the town at about 07:35 GMT on Monday. Two Army bomb disposal robots examined the object before it ...

  • DARPA Seeks Compact, Deployable Electron Accelerator

    January 25, 2021

    Linear accelerators, LINACs for short, are devices that accelerate electrons or other sub-atomic particles along a straight line to generate a beam of high energy. LINACs have a variety of commercial uses such as generating X-rays for cargo inspection, medical diagnostics, food sterilization, and even enabling precise external radiation treatments to destroy cancer cells without ...

  • Pakistan: Taliban ‘commanders’ killed in North Waziristan

    January 25, 2021

    Pakistan’s military says it has killed five members of the Pakistan Taliban group in two separate security operations in the northwestern North Waziristan district, including two senior members of different factions of the armed group. In a statement released late on Sunday, the military said it had conducted security operations in the Mir Ali and Kaisoor ...

  • Afghanistan: Italian Embassy Vehicle Hit by IED in Kabul

    January 25, 2021

    An armored vehicle of the Italian embassy was hit by an IED blast in Kabul city on Monday morning, a security source said. “The vehicle that was targeted belongs to the Italian embassy and was carrying Afghan employees of the embassy. One person was slightly wounded in the blast,” the source said, adding that “a vehicle ...

  • Daniel Craig speaks in support of Cambodian demining push

    January 24, 2021

    Renowned British film actor Daniel Craig – best known for his portrayal of James Bond or “Agent 007” in the last five instalments from that franchise – called on the international community to rally behind the Cambodian government in order to achieve a landmine- free Cambodia by 2025. Craig serves as the UN Global Advocate for ...

  • Nigeria, others seek UK support over Boko Haram, ISWAP

    January 23, 2021

    The Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) says it is exploring areas of support from the United Kingdom in the fight against terrorism. Chief of Military Public Information, Col. Muhammad Dole, announced this in a statement on Saturday. Member countries of MNJTF, formed in 2015, are Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria. Boko Haram and ISWAP have been operating ...

  • FBI investigates ‘IED attack’ at California church

    January 23, 2021

    The FBI is investigating an explosion and vandalism early Saturday at a Southern California church that has drawn protests over its controversial pastor and his anti-LGBTQ views. A fire and explosion were reported shortly after 1 a.m. at First Works Baptist Church in El Monte, about 13 miles east of Los Angeles. Police responding to the ...

  • Isle of Wight: Fishing Boat Drags Up Ordnance Off Shanklin

    January 23, 2021

    Bomb disposal experts have been alerted to a situation developing off the coast of Shanklin this lunchtime (Saturday). A small fishing boat with 2 people on board has dragged up what is thought to be a piece of war time ordnance – a bomb. The vessel is located just off the coast of the Isle of Wight ...

  • South Sudanese Still Face Threat from Unexploded Mines, Munitions

    January 22, 2021

    Many South Sudanese have been returning home to farm the land and live their lives after United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) workers spent years clearing huge portions of the country that were littered with unexploded ordnance. Still, officials warn the work is far from over. In December, U.N .mine workers detonated a number of unexploded ...

  • Sarajevo International Airport has issued a public call for the procurement of an explosive detection system

    January 22, 2021

    As stated in the tender documentation, the value of the procurement is 6.38 million KM, and the contract will be awarded to the bidder who submits the best evaluated acceptable bid. Bids in which the delivery deadline is longer than 210 days will be declared unacceptable, and the implementation of the e-auction procedure is envisaged, for ...

  • Three Malian troops killed by roadside bomb in Mopti Region

    January 22, 2021

    Three Malian troops were killed and five wounded by a roadside bomb in the centre of the country on Thursday, military sources said, in the latest attack in the Sahel state. The three – members of the National Guard, a unit of the Malian armed forces – had been travelling between Koro and Mondoro, near the ...

  • Iraq: Twin suicide bombings in central Baghdad kill 28

    January 21, 2021

    At least 28 people have been killed and 70 others injured in a twin suicide bombing at a crowded commercial area in Iraq’s capital, Baghdad, officials say. The bombers blew themselves up at a clothing market in Tayaran Square as they were pursued by security forces. The last deadly suicide attack in the city was in January ...

  • 3DX-Ray Supply Threatscan-LSC Portable X-Ray Scanner Systems To Britain’s Royal Air Force

    January 21, 2021

    3DX-Ray has announced a contract for the supply of three ThreatScan®-LSC Portable X-ray Scanning Systems to the Royal Air Force (RAF). This is 3DX-Ray’s first contract with the RAF and the ThreatScan®-LSC’s will replace existing systems. The systems are designed specifically for military and first responder EOD and Counter-IED teams and are in use throughout the ...

  • Afghanistan: 6 ANP members ‘Injured in Herat’ IED Blast

    January 20, 2021

    Six policemen were wounded in an IED blast near a police outpost in Herat province. The incident happened on Tuesday night at around 10 p.m. local time in Angel District. Local officials told the media, that a mine was placed close to the outpost that left six ANP members wounded. Four ANP members were reportedly taken to a ...

  • NATO Science presents: The robot that goes first

    January 20, 2021

    The UGO-1st project was launched in 2015, and you recently started working on the follow-up DEMINING ROBOTS project. What are some of the key lessons learned from UGO-1st that you are bringing forward into this new project? An important lesson for our team was learning how to manage a multicultural project, where the added value came ...

  • DASA UK Competition: Take Cover! Phase 3

    January 20, 2021

    The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is launching Phase 3 of Take Cover! This competition seeks proposals to access recent innovations in materials science and/or design to provide advanced protection solutions for small groups of front-line troops from ballistic and blast threats. Within defence and security, protection of personnel is a priority area and deployment of ...

  • Researchers advance detection method for explosives

    January 20, 2021

    ADELPHI, Md. — Route reconnaissance in support of convoy operations remains a critical function to keep Soldiers safe from roadside explosive hazards, such as improvised explosive devices, unexploded ordnance and landmines. These hazards continue to threaten operations abroad and continually prove to be an evolving and problematic adversarial tactic. The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command, ...

  • Somalia: U.S. Africa Command forces conduct two strikes on al-Shabaab operatives

    January 19, 2021

    In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. Africa Command forces conducted two airstrikes in the vicinities of Jamaame and Deb Scinnele, Somalia, Jan. 19. Initial assessments indicate the strikes killed three al-Shabaab operatives. The command’s initial assessment is that no civilians were injured or killed as a result of this operation. “These strikes targeted known al-Shabaab ...

  • South Carolina Man Charged With Possession Of HMTD and TATP

    January 19, 2021

    A Pickens county, South Carolina man has been arrested and charged by state law enforcement officers with possessing a homemade bomb. According to a news release from the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED), 58-year-old David Scott Halsey of Easley, S.C. has been charged with one count of possessing, manufacturing or transporting a destructive/ explosive ...

  • Australia: A Homemade Explosive Has Damaged An Adelaide House

    January 19, 2021

    Just after midnight on Tuesday 19 January, an explosion was reported in Bauhinia Drive, Parafield Gardens. The front window of the house shattered but there were no reported injuries to the six occupants. Crime scene investigators attended and examined the scene and the remnants of the homemade device. Although the investigation is in its early stages, police ...

  • Cyprus: Man held in connection with Limassol Cyta branch explosion

    January 19, 2021

    Limassol police are questioning a 27-year-old professional soldier (Syop) in connection with an explosion at a Cyprus telecommunications authority (Cyta) branch on December 13, the Cyprus News Agency reported late on Tuesday. The suspect has been arrested and is expected to appear in court tomorrow to be remanded in custody. Police said they had made the arrest ...

  • Brevet Promotion Program: EOD officer promotes through ATMTF

    January 18, 2021

    While COVID-19 consumed much of the attention in all of 2020, the Army was making adjustments in favor of its Soldiers in early 2020. One change was the implementation of the Brevet Promotion Program, a program intended to alleviate critical shortages of officers to better leverage the talents of junior officers and to incentivize retention ...