News – January 2021


  • Washington, DC: An explosive device is found at the R.N.C., and the D.N.C. is evacuated.

    January 6, 2021

    An explosive device was found at the headquarters of the Republican National Committee in Washington and the nearby headquarters of the Democratic National Committee was evacuated after the discovery of a suspicious package on Wednesday, according to three people briefed on the discoveries. The device that was found at the R.N.C. was a pipe bomb that ...

  • Explosive kills 5 Cameroonian soldiers, civilian in Northwest region

    January 6, 2021

    Authorities in Cameroon said five soldiers and a civilian were killed early Wednesday in the troubled English-speaking region of Northwest when an improvised explosive device hit their vehicle. The soldiers were part of a government convoy that had traveled to the remote sub-divisions of Njikwa and Ngie to install newly appointed sub-prefects. The blast occurred when ...

  • Kabul to install surveillance cameras to combat crime

    January 6, 2021

    Afghan authorities said on Wednesday they would roll out surveillance cameras across Kabul, seeking to tackle a wave of street crime and targeted assassinations in the capital. Vice President Amrullah Saleh said the government would spend more than 100 million dollars on installing new cameras across the city of about six million, whose population has swelled ...

  • Arizona man gets over 3 years in prison in bomb-making case

    January 6, 2021

    An Arizona man who acknowledged showing an undercover federal agent how to make explosive devices in a 2017 sting operation in Las Vegas was sentenced to three years and five months in prison on convictions for heroin possession and distributing information related to explosives. The sentence given to Ahmad Suhad Ahmad on Jan. 5 in Tucson ...

  • Somalia: One Killed In Roadside Bomb Targeting Police Spokesman

    January 6, 2021

    A landmine targeting Somali police spokesman Sadiq Adan Ali has left one person dead on Tuesday night in Mogadishu’s Waberi district. In a statement, the police spokesman said he was not in his car at the time of the incident adding that he was not scared of such threats and he is ready to serve the ...

  • UK: New blast laboratory to help protect against terrorist attacks

    January 6, 2021

    A new world class laboratory that is set to develop an unprecedented insight into the behaviour of explosives – data which could help to improve the UK’s ability to protect against terrorist attacks – is being launched by engineers at the University of Sheffield. The first of its kind facility, led by Dr Sam Clarke from ...

  • Afghan Security Forces prevented a car bomb attack in Faryab province, defused 7 IEDs in Kabul, Maidan Wardak and Nangarhar provinces

    January 5, 2021

    Afghan National Army prevented a car bomb attack in Shireen-Tagab district of Faryab province today. Taliban wanted to blow up a car which had been loaded with explosives in the Shireen-Tab market. The car was identified by ANA and it was targeted and destroyed. https://twitter.com/MoDAfghanistan/status/1346495320260227073 The engineering teams of Afghan National Police following point-to-point search operations, managed ...

  • Trends in Terrorism: What’s on the Horizon in 2021?

    January 5, 2021

    The year 2020 was unprecedented in many ways. Just three days into the year, U.S. President Donald Trump ordered the assassination of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force (IRGC-QF) commander Qasem Soleimani. That news was soon eclipsed by the worldwide spread of the novel coronavirus and the ensuing COVID-19 pandemic. Lockdowns, protests, and a bitterly ...

  • Pittsburgh police search for vehicle after explosion in Lawrenceville

    January 4, 2021

    Authorities are searching for a white pickup truck after an explosion damaged a car Sunday night in Lawrenceville. City police said an improvised explosive device detonated in the 3600 block of Penn Avenue shortly after 9 p.m. A separate explosive-related incident that happened about 90 minutes later in the Hill District was likely caused by an “aerial ...

  • Afghanistan: 2 killed in IED Blast in Nangarhar province

    January 4, 2021

    In a roadside IED in Nangarhar, two policemen were killed and three others were wounded in Nangarhar province, officials in the province confirmed. According to officials, the blast happened in the PD4 Sabzi market area of Jalalabad city, the IED targeted a local police vehicle. No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack. This comes as ...

  • Afghanistan: Security Forces Discover Taliban Safe House, Seize IEDs, 17 IEDs defused along Helmand-Herat Highway

    January 4, 2021

    First Vice President Amrullah Saleh said on Monday, at the 6:30 am meeting, that Kabul police had found a safe house in PD8 of Kabul city. The safe house reportedly belonged to the Taliban militants, in which the group have stored different types of IEDs and Magnetic Bombs. Saleh added, that Kabul police detained four individuals in ...

  • Northern Ireland: Army bomb disposal call-outs highest in three years

    January 3, 2021

    Ammunition Technical Officers (ATO) based in the region can be requested to assist police where it is believed there may be explosives. Officers from explosive ordnance disposal and search regiments were called out 229 times between August 1 2018 and July 31 2019 according to the most recent available government figures. MI5 continued to categorise the threat ...

  • Afghanistan: 5 killed, top Kapisa cleric among 9 injured in blast

    January 3, 2021

    Five people were killed and nine others were wounded including the provincial Ulema Council head in a car bomb blast in central Kapisa province on Sunday. Abdul ShayiqShurash, police spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the dead included three religious scholars and two others. He said MirwaisKarim, head of the KapisaUlema Council, was among the nine people ...

  • Two French soldiers killed during operation in Mali

    January 2, 2021

    Two French soldiers were killed when their vehicle hit an improvised explosive device in northeastern Mali on Saturday, just days after three others died in similar fashion. Their deaths brought to 50 the number of French soldiers killed in the West African nation since France first intervened in 2013 to help drive back jihadist forces, according ...

  • Somalia’s al Shabaab says behind Turkish company attack, four dead

    January 2, 2021

    A car bomb targeting workers of a Turkish company killed four people including one Turkish citizen on Saturday in Somalia, Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said. The company’s staff were working on the construction of a road between Mogadishu and Afgoye, northwest of the capital, the ministry statement said. Abdiasis Abu Musab, military operation spokesman for the al Qaeda-linked ...

  • Egypt: Roadside Bombing in Sinai Kills 2 Police Officers

    January 2, 2021

    A roadside bomb went off Friday in Egypt’s northern Sinai Peninsula, killing two members of the country’s security forces and wounding five, security and medical officials said. According to the officials, the security forces were patrolling in the town of Bir al-Abd when their armored vehicle was hit by a remotely-detonated bomb. The wounded were transferred ...

  • UK: Man ‘lucky to be alive’ after digging up hand grenade on Mawgan Porth beach

    January 1, 2021

    Police say a man is ‘lucky not to have been killed’ after stumbling across a live hand grenade on Mawgan Porth beach this afternoon. The Royal Navy EOD team along with Falmouth Coastguard and police officers were all called to the beach near Newquay today after a 999 call. Regie Butler-Card, police inspector for Bodmin and Wagebridge, ...

  • Pennsylvania: Pipe bomb thrown from vehicle explodes in Adams County man’s front yard, police say

    January 1, 2021

    Eastern Adams Regional Police say they are investigating the Oxford Township bombing and are asking the public for help. Police say the bombing occurred about 5:51 p.m. in the 100 block of Groft Road. Start the day smarter. Get all the news you need in your inbox each morning. Officers then requested help from the Pennsylvania State Police ...