News – January 2023


  • Nigeria: ‘Four soldiers injured’ as IED explodes in Borno

    January 31, 2023

    At least four officers attached to the 25 task force brigade of operation Hadin Kai have been reportedly wounded after running into an improvised explosive device (IED) in Borno. The IED was allegedly planted by insurgents. Read more... Source: The Cable  

  • Ukraine: Banned Landmines Harm Civilians

    January 31, 2023

    Ukraine should investigate its military’s apparent use of thousands of rocket-fired antipersonnel landmines in and around the eastern city of Izium when Russian forces occupied the area, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch documented numerous cases in which rockets carrying PFM antipersonnel mines, also called “butterfly mines” or “petal mines,” were fired into Russian-occupied ...

  • Italy on alert as anarchists attack diplomatic missions

    January 31, 2023

    Italy’s government has increased security at its diplomatic missions around the globe in response to “a crescendo of terroristic attacks” by an informal anarchist network acting in solidarity with an imprisoned Italian militant, the foreign minister said Tuesday. Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani cited nearly a dozen attacks since the end of November, ranging from vandalism to ...

  • Pakistan-Turkiye Joint Exercise ‘ATTATURK-XII 2023’ commences at Tarbela

    January 31, 2023

    The opening ceremony of Pakistan-Turkiye Joint Exercise “ATTATURK-XII 2023” was held on Monday at Tarbela. The national anthems of both countries were played at the start of the ceremony, an Inter-Services Public Relations’ (ISPR) news release said. The troops from Turkish Special Forces and Pakistan Special Services Group (SSG) were participating in the exercise. The two-week-long ...

  • Syrian security forces’ bus targeted with IED, Injuring 15 personnel

    January 31, 2023

    An improvised explosive device (IED) attached to a bus carrying Syrian security personnel injured 15 individuals on the Daraa-Damascus highway. The incident took place as the soldiers were returning from a mission in Daraa province. Read more… Source: Tasnim News Agency  

  • Israel: Explosive device hurled at police force in East Jerusalem

    January 30, 2023

    An improvised explosive device was on Monday hurled at police in the Silwan neighborhood of East Jerusalem. There were no injuries in the incident but a building was damaged. Read more… Source: YnetNews  

  • New York: TSA officers available to answer questions about the job of an officer for prospective recruits at Syracuse, Binghamton and Ithaca Airports in February

    January 30, 2023

    The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is hiring officers to work at Syracuse Hancock International, Greater Binghamton and Ithaca Tompkins International Airports and the agency is staffing a series of informational recruitment tables at those three airports in February so that individuals who are interested in finding out more about what it is like to be ...

  • Cyprus: Arrest over illegal explosives

    January 30, 2023

    Police in Famagusta on Monday arrested a 23-year-old man for illegal explosives possession. They had obtained a warrant to search the suspect’s home, where they found 14 commercial and five homemade firecrackers, three bundles of fuse, gunpowder and various instruments needed to manufacture explosives. Read more… Source: Cyprus Mail  

  • Pakistan: 28 killed, 150 injured in blast at Peshawar Police Lines mosque

    January 30, 2023

    A blast inside a mosque shook Peshawar’s Police Lines area on Monday, with officials saying that at least 28 people were killed and 150 were injured. Peshawar Commissioner Riaz Mehsood confirmed the casualties, adding that a rescue operation was under way inside the mosque as a number of people were buried under the rubble. So far, it ...

  • Hero army dog who saved countless lives by sniffing out five IEDs during raid against the Taliban is awarded animal version of the Victoria Cross

    January 29, 2023

    A heroic army dog who saved countless lives by sniffing out five IED bombs during a raid against the Taliban has been awarded the animal version of the Victoria Cross. Bass, a Belgian Shepherd, spent six years in the US Marine Special Operation Command and conducted more than 350 explosive sweeps in 46 missions in Afghanistan, ...

  • Iran: Isfahan military facility attacked with quadcopters equipped with bomblets

    January 29, 2023

    Earlier today, the Iranian Defense Ministry in a statement said that its air defense units have repelled a drone attack on a military workshop in the central city of Isfahan. The ministry stated that one of its workshop complexes had come under attack from a number of Micro Aerial Vehicles (MAVs), but the complex’s air defenses ...

  • UN reports tense situation in eastern DR Congo after rebel attacks, deadly blast

    January 28, 2023

    Attacks by the M23 Movement rebels and an explosion wounding 18 civilians leave a tense situation in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a UN spokesman said on Thursday. One clash was in the southeast of Kitchanga, in North Kivu province, while other fights, including heavy weapons, occurred in Kishishe, about 25 km northwest ...

  • UK: Serving member of British Army charged with terror and explosives offences

    January 28, 2023

    A serving member of the British Army has been charged with terror and explosives offences, the Metropolitan Police said. Daniel Abed Khalife, of Beaconside, Stafford, was charged over two incidents in Staffordshire in August 2021 and January this year. He is accused of “eliciting or attempting to elicit information of a kind likely to be useful to ...

  • UK: NHS terror suspect had ‘pressure cooker bomb filled with gunpowder’ outside hospital

    January 27, 2023

    A man suspected of terrorism had a pressure cooker bomb filled with gunpowder outside a hospital, a court heard. Mohammed Farooq, 27, was caught with a bomb containing 13kg of explosives outside a maternity ward in Leeds on January 20. Read more… Source: The Mirror  

  • Afghanistan: Landmines left over from war in Helmand are still claiming victims

    January 27, 2023

    Unexploded ordnance and mines in war-torn areas of Helmand threaten the lives of residents of the province who are calling on the government to clear the areas affected by the landmines. Abdul Bari, who lives in helmand’s sarkar area, said that his friends were killed in the blast, and he was injured in a mine blast. Residents ...

  • Nigeria: Police deploy bomb sweepers, detectors

    January 27, 2023

    The police yesterday kicked-off the deployment of bomb sweepers, radiation detectors, frequency jammers and other modern security technologies in troubled regions to prevent criminals from using explosives and other devices to scuttle the general election. The distribution, being coordinated by the Explosives Ordnance Disposal Chemical Biological and Nuclear (EOD-CBRN) Command, was launched in Lagos by the ...

  • Japanese police to step up measures against online gun- and bomb-making info

    January 26, 2023

    Police in Japan will step up efforts to monitor and delete online information related to gun- and bomb-making starting in March. The move comes after a homemade gun was used in the fatal shooting of former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo in July last year. The suspect reportedly made the gun and gunpowder by looking up videos ...

  • Cyprus: Syrian man sentenced over electronic training activity for possible terrorism-related crimes

    January 26, 2023

    A Limassol district court has sentenced a 26-year-old Syrian man to two years in prison in connection with electronic training activity for possible terrorism-related crimes. The defendant had been remanded in the island’s Central Prison since July 2021, Philenews reported on Thursday citing insiders. Read more… Source: In Cyprus  

  • Jammu and Kashmir: Terror module busted in Rajouri, 3 suspects held for planting IED

    January 26, 2023

    In a major success, Police slimed to have busted a major terror module operating in border district Rajouri by arresting three Over Ground workers (OGWS) who planted Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) in three different areas of Rajouri, reliable sources informed. Till the filing of this report, intense and thorough questioning was going on to ascertain the ...

  • Winter 2022/23 edition of the Counter-IED Report magazine is now available to read online and in print

    January 26, 2023

    We are pleased to inform you that Winter 2022/23 edition of the Counter-IED Report magazine is now available to read online and in print. Articles, in-depth analysis and insights from NATO/Spanish Army, C-IED Centre of Excellence, EOD Centre of Excellence, Mine Clearance Planning Agency (MCPA), CBRNe Secure India, Terrogence Global, BCB International Ltd et al. To view ...

  • Nebraska: Two men in custody after police uncover suspected explosives in northwest Lincoln

    January 25, 2023

    One man was arrested and another questioned after an early morning traffic stop in northwest Lincoln led police to five homemade explosive devices, according to authorities. Police evacuated a home including several apartment units and Lincoln Fire and Rescue bomb technicians disabled the five explosive devices, two of which were uncovered amid a traffic stop Wednesday ...

  • Spain: Elderly man arrested over high-profile letter bomb attacks

    January 25, 2023

    Spanish police have arrested a 74-year-old man on suspicion of sending letter bombs to high-profile targets, including the country’s prime minister. The man was reportedly taken into custody in the town of Miranda de Ebro the north of Spain and is due to appear in court later this week. Read more… Source: BBC News  

  • DR Congo: Bomb injures at least 12 people near a market in Beni

    January 25, 2023

    A bomb exploded at a market in eastern Congo on Wednesday, injuring at least a dozen people, authorities said. An unknown person detonated a bomb inside a bag in North Kivu’s Beni town, said Tharcisse Katembo, a local official. “Damage was documented (and) at least 12 people were injured. They were injured in the lower limbs, others ...

  • Northern Ireland: Pipe bomb found during Co Antrim security alert

    January 25, 2023

    A pipe bomb has been found following a security alert in County Antrim. The device was located in the Antrim Road area of Newtownabbey on Wednesday. Army bomb disposal experts declared the pipe bomb as viable following a controlled explosion. Read more… Source: The Irish News