News – January 2021


  • Northern Challenge 2020

    January 14, 2021

    In September 2020, the Icelandic Coast Guard hosted Northern Challenge, an annual Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) training for NATO nations and their allies. This multinational exercise aims to sharpen EOD technicians’ technical skills through Improvised Explosive Device Defeat (IEDD) training scenarios that become increasingly complex as the challenge progresses. During these trainings, EOD teams compete ...

  • Washington DC: National Guardsmen briefed on IED threat to Capitol

    January 13, 2021

    National Guard units are being told to prepare for the possibility that improvised explosive devices will be used by individuals plotting to attack the Capitol in the days surrounding the Inauguration, according to two Guardsmen briefed this week. The briefings indicate that Washington, D.C.-area law enforcement believe the IEDs planted last week at the Republican National ...

  • Pakistan: Explosive device defused in Washuk District, Balochistan

    January 13, 2021

    Members of security forces defused an improvised explosive device (IED) planted by the roadside in Basima area of Washuk district, sources said on Tuesday. According to the official sources, after receiving information in this regard personnel of the Frontier Corps and Levies Force cordoned off the area concerned, after which a bomb disposal squad defused the ...

  • North Dakota explosive specialist recognized nationally by TSA

    January 13, 2021

    Hundreds of passengers go through security every day in the eight North Dakota Airports. TSA officials are trained by experts to spot explosives and other threats to passengers. There are two explosive specialists in North Dakota who train and educate TSA officers on explosive trends that may be a threat on flights. One of them received national recognition ...

  • UN official: Terrorists using pandemic to stoke extremism

    January 13, 2021

    The U.N. counter-terrorism chief warned Tuesday that terrorists are exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic and appealing to new “racially, ethnically and politically motivated violent extremist groups.” Vladimir Voronkov spoke at the U.N. Security Council’s 20th anniversary commemoration of the pivotal resolution to fight terrorism adopted after the 9/11 attacks on the United States — and six days ...

  • Royal Navy blow up World War Two mortar bomb found on beach in Cornwall

    January 13, 2021

    A bomb dating back to the Second World War which was found on a Cornish beach has been detonated safely. Members of the Royal Navy’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) attended Hayle beach at around 8.30am today (January 12) to carry out the operation on the spigot mortar round, which had been found the previous day. Officers had ...

  • Myanmar: Mro woman lost eyesight, one leg in landmine blast in Rakhine State

    January 12, 2021

    An ethnic Mro woman, who is recovering at Sittwe general hospital after hit by a landmine explosion, lost her eyesight and one of her legs to severe injuries. Khin San May went to collect firewood from a hill near to Khapaw village on 4 January when she stepped over a landmine at around 12 noon. She was ...

  • California: Bomb making materials found during search of Stockton home

    January 12, 2021

    Materials used to build explosives were found on Monday during the search of the Stockton home of a man who was arrested Sunday in connection with igniting an explosive device on Saturday. Authorities on Monday evacuated the 2400 block of W. Sonoma Avenue as the home was searched by both the San Joaquin Explosive Ordnance Disposal ...

  • Map the Gap: autonomous gap crossing survey Phase 2 Competition

    January 12, 2021

    This Phase 2 Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) competition, run on behalf of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), aims to develop and trial a number of system demonstrators able to tackle some of the key issues of gap crossing survey. Successful submissions will demonstrate a clear plan to a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 6 ...

  • Europol: Returning Foreign Fighter Arrested In Spain

    January 12, 2021

    The suspect was part of the so-called Islamic State in the Iraqi-Syrian conflict zone. Europol supported an operation of the Spanish National Police (Policía Nacional) leading to the arrest of a member of the so-called Islamic State. The suspect had recently returned from the conflict zone on the border of Iraq and Syria. Two other individuals ...

  • PIAP GRYF® Robot Procured by the Katowice Airport Border Guard

    January 12, 2021

    The Border Guard unit stationed at the Katowice-Pyrzowice airport received an example of the PIAP GRYF bomb disposal robot in its latest configuration. The latest model of the medium-weight (48 kg) EOD robot has been received by the Special Intervention Group of the Border Guard. The equipment was procured with the use of the Silesian Voivodeship ...

  • Virginia: Richlands man pleads guilty to possessing and manufacturing explosive device

    January 11, 2021

    According to a press release, a Richlands man, who appeared at a health clinic in June 2020 with severe injuries to his hands and fingers, has pled guilty to charges of possessing and manufacturing an unregistered explosive device. The dept. of Justice release identified Cole Carini, 24. A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for April 13, ...

  • Afghanistan: Two militants killed by own bomb blast in Logar province

    January 11, 2021

    Two Taliban militants were killed after a bomb they were planning to explode against civilians went off prematurely in eastern Logar province. Two militants were killed, when their own mine detonated in Mohammad Agha district at around 9:00am on Monday, said Logar Police Spokesman Shahpoor Ahmadzai in a statement. He said that the killed rebels were involved ...

  • Nigeria: 5 soldiers, 6 Boko Haram terrorists killed in Borno clash

    January 11, 2021

    Five soldiers of the Nigerian Army and six Boko Haram terrorists were killed in a gunfight in the Alagarno area of Borno State on Monday, January 11, 2021. The terrorists were members of main Boko Haram faction, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), according to a report by HumAngle. The military reportedly launched an offensive against ...

  • India: Crude bombs hurled at DYFI leader’s house in Kozhikode

    January 11, 2021

    A motorbike-borne gang hurled country bombs at the house of Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) leader Arjun Dev at Chakkittappara in Kozhikode on Sunday. The incident took place around 12.30 a.m. The front portion of the house, including doors and windows, was destroyed in the explosion. Arjun Dev, who suffered minor injuries in the incident, ...

  • India: Bomb-making items seized from Naxal hideout in Gondia, Maharashtra state

    January 10, 2021

    Gunpowder, nails, glass, wire and other explosive-making materials were seized on Sunday afternoon from a Naxal hideout in Bharnoli forest in Arjuni Morgaon tehsil of Gondia, police said. The operation was carried out by a joint team of local police, C-60 commandos and Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad personnel, Additional Superintendent of Police Atul Kulkarni said. “We ...

  • Afghanistan: Public Protection Force Spokesman Killed in Kabul IED Blast

    January 10, 2021

    Three people were killed, including Zia Wadan, a spokesman for the Public Protection Force, in an explosion in Kabul city on Sunday morning, the Interior Ministry confirmed. The blast occurred around 8:30am local time in the Kart-e-Naw area of PD8 in Kabul city. “Zia Wadan and two of his colleagues were killed and another person was wounded,” ...

  • Somalia: Explosion targets Kenyan army convoy in Lower Juba region

    January 10, 2021

    The bomber struck shortly after noon in front of a convoy of Kenyan troops traveling on the Dhobley road. A statement from the Kenya Defense Forces confirmed the attack near the border between the two countries, which resulted in casualties. Four Kenyan soldiers have been killed and dozens more injured in the blast. “We are still gathering information. ...

  • Jammu and Kashmir: Government forces destroy IED planted in Poonch

    January 10, 2021

    Government forces on Sunday destroyed an Improvised Explosive Devise (IED) that was recovered on Gohlad-Mendhar road in this border sub-division. An unnamed official told a local news agency, Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that the device was recovered during night patrol by a team of police headed by Station House Officer (SHO) Mendhar Manzoor Kohli under the ...

  • 4 injured in blast in Pakistan’s Balochistan

    January 10, 2021

    Four people were injured in an explosion near a checkpoint of the Frontier Corps (FC) in a market in Turbat town in Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province on Sunday, police officials said. According to a senior police official, unidentified militants apparently tried to target the checkpoint with an improvised explosive device. ”The explosion in Cinema Bazaar injured four ...

  • Somalia: Danab Forces Destroy VBIED In Lower Shabelle

    January 9, 2021

    The elite trained Danab forces have destroyed vehicle laden with explosives during an operation in the Lower Shabelle province. “They were planning massive operations and suicide car bombings against the people of Somalia,’’ Ahmed Abdullahi Nur, commander of the US-trained elite forces told the military radio. Ahmed said over five militants had been killed during the operation ...

  • Somalia: AMISOM troops conclude counter IED training in Arbiska

    January 9, 2021

    Forty Ugandan soldiers serving under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) based in Arbiska, 30 km north west of Mogadishu have completed a five-weeks training aimed at enhancing their capacity to counter the threat posed by Improvised Explosive Devices ( IEDs). Col. Jimmy Nabiyu Musoke, the Commander of Uganda’s Battle Group (BG) XXX, presided over ...

  • South Australia: Man charged after police allegedly found drugs and explosive device at Osborne property

    January 9, 2021

    A property in a normally quiet South Australian neighbourhood was stormed by heavily armed police today, where they allegedly uncovered prohibited drugs, stashes of money and an explosive device. A man and woman who live at the Modlavia Walk property in Osborne, about 21 kilometres north-west of the Adelaide city centre, were quickly arrested. Neighbours say they ...

  • UK: Controlled explosion at Ellesmere Port school after ‘hazardous substance’ found

    January 7, 2021

    The bomb squad were called to an Ellesmere Port school after the discovery of a “hazardous substance.” Cheshire Police were immediately informed after the Ellesmere Port C of E College discovered the substance on their property on Tuesday (January 5), reports Cheshire Live. The EOD (Explosive Ordinance Disposal) team attended the Ellesmere Port school, which did not ...

  • Virginia: A Police Bulletin Instructs Officers to Look for Explosives

    January 7, 2021

    Following the discovery of two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) amid the pro-Trump mob in Washington, D.C., yesterday, Virginia police instructed officers to be on the lookout for suspicious packages, according to an internal bulletin obtained by The Nation. The information bulletin, dated January 6, was issued by the Arlington County Police Department’s Homeland Security Section. It ...

  • Somalia: 7 Killed In Mogadishu Roadside Bombing

    January 7, 2021

    At least seven people have been killed after a landmine planted on the roadside in Mogadishu on early Thursday morning went off. Among those killed in the landmine explosion are two security forces after the landmine which targeted security forces vehicle which was passing in Hodan district went off according to a resident who sorted anonymity. The commander ...

  • Online extremism ‘cannot be policed’, says head of UK counter-terror police

    January 7, 2021

    Extremism has become so widespread online that it “cannot be policed”, the head of UK counter-terror policing has said. Campaigners have called for more action against hateful material, but concerns over potential infringements of civil liberties have sparked a parliamentary inquiry on freedom of expression. Riots at the US Capitol in Washington have reignited international debate about ...