News – July 2020


  • Milwaukee: Live grenade found in West Bend Goodwill donation box

    July 27, 2020

    A live grenade was found in the donation box of a West Bend Goodwill, police said Monday. At around 10:15 am at 1717 Clarence Court, a Goodwill employee found a grenade in the donation box. The employee called West Bend police. After arriving on the scene, the police called the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit of the Milwaukee ...

  • 5 Taliban bomb experts killed during airstrikes in Afghanistan

    July 27, 2020

    Five Taliban bomb experts were killed during the airstrikes conducted by the Afghan Air Force in two provinces, the command of Afghan Special Forces said on Monday. “Three armed militants were killed in Nahri Saraaj district of southern Helmand province and two armed militants were killed in Shindand district of western Herat province during airstrikes Sunday,” ...

  • Philippines: Army credits teams’ ties with locals in locating rebel lair

    July 27, 2020

    The Philippine Army’s 3rd Infantry Division (3ID) has credited the collaboration of its Community Support Program (CSP) teams with residents of far-flung villages in locating the hideout of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) in southern Negros. Soldiers found the area after engaging some 20 members of the NPA’s South West Front Platoon ...

  • Afghan forces foil 4 back to back explosions in Kabul

    July 27, 2020

    The Afghan forces thwarted militants bid to detonate four improvised explosive devices in Kabul, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said. According to a statement released by MoD, the militants had planted the bombs in the vicinity of Mosahi and Qarabagh districts and Tangi Mahipar. The statement further added that the security forces managed to discover and defuse ...

  • Dozens killed in renewed violence in Sudan’s Darfur: UN

    July 27, 2020

    A new round of violence in Sudan’s Darfur region has killed more than 60 people, the United Nations said on Sunday, as the country’s prime minister promised fresh troops for the conflict-stricken region. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Sudan (OCHA) said about 500 armed men on Saturday attacked the village of ...

  • Bangladesh: Police suspects extremists link behind explosion at Paltan area

    July 27, 2020

    The police suspect that extremists were behind an explosion and recovery of bomb-like water bottle at Paltan area in the past two days as district police were instructed to remain alert. There was an explosion on Friday night at Paltan area where no casualties were reported and a bomb-like object was found at Gulistan on Saturday ...

  • Qatar: Hamad International Airport’s new technology allows electronic items to stay in baggage during screening

    July 27, 2020

    Hamad International Airport (HIA) will install new airport security screening technology that allows transfer passengers to keep electronic devices such as laptops, tablets, and digital cameras in their hand luggage while going through security checkpoints. The airport says the new technology also allows security personnel to “easily detect explosive materials held in complex items and structures”. Qatar’s ...

  • India: BSF holds field trial of hand-held ground penetrating radar along Indo-Pak border

    July 26, 2020

    The BSF is conducting a field trial of hand-held ground penetrating radar to detect tunnels, Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and landmines along the Indo-Pak border. When deployed, the state-of-the-art equipment will help the BSF in curbing smuggling of arms and drugs besides infiltration of terrorists through the tunnels. The deployment of these portable radar sets will ...

  • India: 40 kg IED planted by Maoists recovered in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district

    July 26, 2020

    A powerful 40 kg improvised explosive device (IED) planted by Maoists was recovered in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district on Sunday, police said. The explosive, packed in a big plastic container, was unearthed by a joint team of various security forces on Basaguda-Tarrem road, Bijapur Superintendent of Police Kamlochan Kashyap said. While carrying out the de-mining exercise on the ...

  • Explosion hits southern Baghdad weapons depot, blamed on heat

    July 26, 2020

    A weapons depot belonging to Iraq’s federal police force exploded on Sunday in Baghdad’s southern suburbs because of high summer temperatures and poor storage, the military said in a statement. Multiple explosions could be heard in Baghdad on Sunday evening. Security sources said the depot, which is part of a military base used by both the ...

  • MDSU-1, NAVSEA Remove Defunct FORACS Equipment off Nanakuli Beach

    July 25, 2020

    NANAKULI, Hawaii (NNS) — Sailors from Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) ONE Companies (CO) 1-3 and 1-5, based at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, conducted surface supplied and SCUBA diving operations to remove old conduit, pipe, cable and debris from the reef and waters off Zablan Beach State Park in Nanakuli, Hawaii, July 6-16. MDSU ...

  • Pakistan: ‘Major terrorist activity’ averted as arms cache recovered in Balochistan

    July 25, 2020

    Security forces averted a possible “major terrorist activity” by raiding a suspected terrorist hideout in Buleda tehsil of Balochis­tan’s Kech district, recovering an arms cache and improvised explosive device (IED) material, the military’s media wing said on Saturday. A key terrorist of the proscribed Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) was also killed during the intelligence-based operation (IBO) ...

  • Afghanistan: 5 civilians suffer casualties in Taliban roadside bomb in Baghlan province

    July 25, 2020

    An Improvised Explosive Device (IED) inflicted casualties on five civilians in norhtern Kunduz proivnce of Afghanistan, the Afghan security officials said. Tariq Arian, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Interior (MoI), said a roadside bomb planted by Taliban militants went off in Pul-e Khumri city late on Friday. The statement further added that the incident took place ...

  • Texas: Former cavalry scout faces 10-years in prison over IED found by FBI at his apartment

    July 24, 2020

    A soldier who served in Afghanistan and Iraq was indicted by a federal grand jury in Austin, Texas, on Tuesday for possessing an improvised explosive device, according to court records. Joshua Colin Honigberg, 35, was charged with one count of unlawful possession of a destructive device found by FBI agents and local police officers when they executed a search ...

  • FBI Portland Statement on Portland Violence

    July 24, 2020

    “The FBI’s role is to investigate violent crime and hold those accountable who are engaging in violent acts or significant destruction of property. Our investigations involve specific violations of federal law, including arson, the use of improvised explosive devices, and interstate transportation of stolen goods. The Portland FBI seeks to work closely with our local law ...

  • Illinois National Guard, 1544th Transportation Company, conducts C-IED training at Northern Strike

    July 24, 2020

    At Northern Strike (NS), on July 22, 2020, the Illinois National Guard, 1544th Transportation Company (TC) conducted Counter-Improvised Explosive Devices (C-IED) training at Camp Grayling, Michigan, a part of Michigan’s National All Domain Warfighting Center. NS is designed to train ARNG and ANG units on joint live fire proficiency at the company/troop level and multi-compo units ...

  • U.S. Navy Ordnance training held off Whidbey

    July 24, 2020

    U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit One from San Diego and Unit Five from Guam arrived in Naval Air Station Whidbey Island to conduct underwater training for minesweeping. No live explosives were being used. Unit One sent an unmanned systems platoon and a command-and-control element while Unit Two sent a mine countermeasures platoon. Read more… Source: Whidbey News-Times  

  • UK: WW2 bomb detonated on beach near Bristol

    July 24, 2020

    A World War Two bomb found on a beach in Somerset was detonated by explosives experts. The bomb was discovered by a man out metal detecting on Brean Beach on Tuesday afternoon (July 21) Police attended and put a cordon around the bomb and took a picture of it to send to the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit ...

  • Russia, Wagner Group Continue Military Involvement in Libya

    July 24, 2020

    U.S. Africa Command has mounting evidence that Russia, through the Wagner Group, continues to position military equipment in Libya capable of conducting kinetic operations there. Overhead imagery shows Wagner forces and equipment on the front lines of the Libyan conflict in Sirte. Wagner, also known as the Wagner Group, is a Russian private military company. “Russia continues ...

  • French soldier killed in combat in Mali

    July 24, 2020

    A French soldier from the army’s First Parachute Hussar Regiment was killed in combat in Mali, President Emmanuel Macron’s office said Thursday. “This soldier … was killed in fighting against armed terrorist groups, when an improvised explosive device was triggered next to his armoured vehicle,” the presidency said in a statement. France has more than 5,000 troops ...