News – July 2019


  • Air Force and Army Practice Aeromedical Evacuation in Hawaii

    July 21, 2019

    A Mississippi Air National Guard C-17 cargo aircraft flew from Hickam Field to Kalaeloa Airport on Thursday to pick up simulated wounded troops who had been transported from a notional battlefield by an Army Black Hawk helicopter. In this case the exercise in interoperability was an aircraft response from Germany to improvised explosive device injuries near ...

  • Taliban mine planters blown up by own IED in Paktiya province

    July 20, 2019

    A premature Improvised Explosive Device (IED) explosion killed three mine planters of Taliban in south-eastern Paktiya province. The Ministry of Interior (MoI) in a statement said the explosion took place on a highway in Afzal Khel area of Ahmadabad district. The statement further added that the militants were busy planting an IED on the roadside when it ...

  • British Airways flights to Cairo cancelled

    July 20, 2019

    British Airways has cancelled all flights to the Egyptian capital Cairo for a week as a security “precaution”. Passengers about to board a BA flight to the city from London’s Heathrow Airport were told that it was cancelled – and that there would be no alternative flights for a week. The airline did not specify what the security issue ...

  • Bishnupur: IED defused

    July 20, 2019

    A team of Manipur Police Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad has safely defused an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) found by the personnel of 42 Assam Rifles, Sendra post beneath the culvertthat connects Moirang and Tronglaobi while patrolling, this morning. To prevent any unwanted causalities, personnel of 42 AR and Moirang Police cordoned off the area. The bomb, ...

  • Hong Kong police find explosives on eve of latest protests

    July 20, 2019

    Police in Hong Kong are warning of possible violence on the eve of another mass protest against a controversial extradition bill after making “the largest seizure” of explosives in the territory. The seizure came on the day that thousands of pro-government supporters took part in a rally. Millions in the former British colony have thronged the streets since 9 ...

  • Afghanistan: 8 killed, 30 injured by IED at university

    July 20, 2019

    An IED blast inches away from the main entrance of Kabul University in the Afghan capital on Friday morning killed eight people and injured more than 30, officials confirmed. The IED, placed in a car parked next to the southern entrance of the university, went off with a bang when dozens of candidates studying law were ...

  • Việt Nam needs long-term risk management to deal with remnants of war

    July 19, 2019

    Việt Nam needs a transition from a reactive approach on clearing cluster and explosive remnants of war (ERW) to a proactive risk management strategy to better eliminate threats long-term, experts have said. Speaking at a conference on long-term risk management on mine action this morning, Rob White, representative from Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining said most ...

  • DHS S&T Labs Demo Portable Explosive Trace Detectors

    July 19, 2019

    Two laboratories under the Department of Homeland Security’s science and technology directorate are teaming up to test portable explosives trace detectors. Researchers from the Transportation Security Laboratory validated gaps with the detectors and have spoken with vendors and customers to reinforce the devices’ functionality, DHS said Thursday. In a separate demonstration, a team from the National Urban ...

  • Video captures moment bomb disposal team blows up First World War ordnance on beach

    July 19, 2019

    Bomb disposal experts cleared a Cornish beach to blow up a piece of ordnance that has been there for more than 100 years. The beach at Porthtowan was sealed off as the Navy team, police and coastguard descended to destroy the object. It was flagged up by RNLI lifeguards who discovered it before the tide came in last night (Thursday, ...

  • In a first, Singapore and US soldiers defuse IEDs in exercise

    July 18, 2019

    Soldiers from the 5th Battalion Singapore Infantry Regiment and the US army combed through a forested area before fighting through an urban training area, with infantry carrier vehicles moving in. In the course of their assault at the Murai Urban Training Facility yesterday, the 300 or so troops spotted an improvised explosive device (IED) in a ...

  • Philippines: Motorbike left near gym cause for concern

    July 18, 2019

    The Philippine Army said it was still trying to determine why a motorcycle with traces of an explosive was abandoned in front of its gymnasium in Taguig City on Wednesday morning. The discovery of the red motorcycle with plate number 4540NN prompted authorities to cordon off the area, causing a huge traffic buildup that lasted over ...

  • Inside Kabul’s school for explosive detection dogs

    July 17, 2019

    Around 200 dogs train at a time at the Mine Detection Centre (MDC) in the Afghan capital, starting when they are just pups. They are put through their paces around obstacle courses and are taught to correctly identify target smells from a conveyor belt of identical canisters during an intense two-year course. Once qualified, they are a ...

  • Fighting Next to U.S. Commandos, but Without the Same Training and Gear

    July 17, 2019

    The Army has failed to adequately train and equip the military bomb technicians and infantry troops who are increasingly accompanying American commandos on high-risk missions in war zones, according to interviews and documents obtained by The New York Times. As the Pentagon draws down the number of troops in combat, including in Afghanistan and Syria, it ...

  • Okinawa Prefectural Police and Marines Participate in Post-Blast Analysis Training

    July 17, 2019

    “Fire in the hole! Fire in the hole! Fire in the hole!” The last radio call a Marine detonating an improvised explosive device makes to Marines on the other side of the soundwaves outside the danger zone of an oncoming blast. One, two, three seconds – then instantaneously – a sound like thunder rings through the dense ...

  • United States Marine Corps Selects Med-Eng EOD 10 Bomb Suit to Protect the Lives of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Specialists

    July 16, 2019

    For Immediate Release Major contract award means multiple branches of the U.S. Military will be using Med-Eng bomb suits and helmets Helps secure highly skilled manufacturing jobs in northern New York state OGDENSBURG, New York – Med-Eng®, a brand of The Safariland Group, announced today a $10.2M delivery order added to a 2017 contract awarded by the ...

  • Death toll in Taliban roadside bombing rises to 13 in Kandahar, over 30 more wounded

    July 16, 2019

    The death toll as a result of a roadside bombing in southern Kandahar province has climbed to 13 people with 30 more wounded. The 205th Atal Corps in a statement said an improvised explosive device planted by Taliban went off in Khakrez district. The statement further added that the explosion killed 13 civilians including children and wounded ...

  • Afghan Special Forces large caches of weapons, IEDs in Ghazni province

    July 16, 2019

    The Afghan Special Forces destroyed large caches of weapons and Improvised Explosive Devices during an operation in Ghazni. The military sources said Tuesday that the Special Forces conducted the operation in Deh Yak district. The sources further added that the Special destroyed 20 IEDs, 2 Mortars, 1 RPG Warhead, 10 lbs Homemade Explosives, 4 Grenades, 250 ALP ...

  • 43 civilians killed, wounded in Kandahar roadside bomb explosion

    July 15, 2019

    A roadside bomb explosion killed or wounded at least 43 civilians in Kandahar province of Afghanistan. Kandahar Police Chief Gen. Tadin Khan Achakzai said an Improvised Explosive Device went off in an area between Khakrez and Kandahar districts. Gen. Tadin Khan the explosion killed 9 civilians and wounded 34 others. Furthermore, Gen. Tadin Khan blamed the Taliban group ...

  • The UN Operation to Disarm Mosul’s IEDs and Unexploded Bombs

    July 14, 2019

    Two years this month this month, a US-led military coalition declared victory against ISIS in Mosul, liberating one of Iraq’s largest cities after three years of occupation by the radical Islamist group. While the eastern part of the city is on the road to recovery, West Mosul, where ISIS made its final stand, remains in ruins, ...

  • Daraa: Russian Military Patrol Attacked For The First Time

    July 14, 2019

    A Russian military patrol was attacked with an improvised explosive device by unidentified persons in eastern rural Daraa, which is the first time the Russian forces get assaulted since their control of the governorate last year. On Saturday, July 13, the Russian Sputnik agency has quoted the Director of the Russian Reconciliation Center in Syria, Major ...