News – July 2020


  • Kenya: One killed as officials avert Al-Shabaab attack on police station in Yumbis, Garissa

    July 23, 2020

    One police officer succumbed to injuries following the attack while three others were injured. Al-Shabaab terrorists who attacked a security camp in the area were repulsed. The terrorists used Rocket Propelled Grenades in their attack on the station before they were repulsed by the Border Patrol Unit personnel who were there at about 6pm. Officials said an ...

  • Russian security service kills 4 suspected IS terrorists in North Caucasus

    July 23, 2020

    The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) said on Wednesday it had eliminated in the Kabardino-Balkarian Republic in North Caucasus four suspected members of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group. It said in a statement that the suspects were found in a mountainous and wooded area of the Chegem region of the Kabardino-Balkarian Republic and were killed ...

  • Lessons from the Norway terror attack

    July 22, 2020

    It was estimated that 1 in 4 Norwegians knew someone who had been directly affected by the deadliest attack in Norway since World War II. On July 22, 2011, a political terrorist parked a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) near a collection of federal government buildings in the center of Oslo, Norway. About 10 minutes after ...

  • Afghanistan: 2 Security Personnel Killed in Helmand Amid Increased Violence

    July 22, 2020

    At least two Afghan security force members were killed and six more wounded as a result of two separate car bomb blasts in the southern province of Helmand, local officials have said. The officials said that the Taliban intended to block the Kandahar-Lashkargah highway by plotting the two attacks. “Six of our solders were wounded in defense ...

  • Afghanistan: Three Key Security Officials Killed in Uruzgan Blast

    July 22, 2020

    Three key security officials and four other security force members were killed in a roadside mine blast in Uruzgan province on Wednesday morning, local officials said. The incident happened around 9:00 am local time after the security forces vehicle struck a roadside mine in which the police chief of Khas Uruzgan, Dad Gul, and also a ...

  • UK: Crews return to Brean beach after metal detector enthusiast finds WW2 explosive

    July 22, 2020

    Coastguards will return to Brean Beach today (Wednesday) to try and safely retrieve a suspected WW2 explosive device which was found in the sand by a metal detector user yesterday. Part of Brean beach was temporarily closed by Police on Tuesday afternoon (July 21st) after the discovery of the object. Holidaymakers were ushered away from the scene ...

  • Inside the FBI: Danger Beneath the Surface

    July 22, 2020

    Inside the FBI’s Underwater Post-Blast Investigation Course Get an interactive look at how the FBI’s Underwater Post-Blast Investigation course prepares the nation’s public safety bomb tech divers to counter threats in their home harbors and waterways. This episode covers the September 2019 session of the FBI’s Underwater Post-Blast Investigation course. Read more… Source: FBI  

  • Pakistan: At least one dead, six injured in Turbat explosion

    July 21, 2020

    At least one person was killed and six others were injured after an explosion in Turbat bazaar on Tuesday. The city, approximately 700 kilometres from the provincial capital of Quetta, has been frequently targeted by militants. According to law enforcement agencies, an improvised explosive device (IED) was fitted on a motorcycle. As a result of the explosion, ...

  • Soldiers learn to read their dogs

    July 21, 2020

    WIESBADEN, Germany – Military working dog handlers were trained to better understand their dogs’ behavior during a MWD Conflict Management Training July 7 in Wiesbaden to prevent dog bites. Bites occur mainly due to two reasons, said Duane Stinson, U.S. Army Europe MWD program manager. New handlers are sometimes overly confident and have trouble interpreting dog ...

  • Seattle: ATF investigating homemade explosives which injured officers during riot

    July 21, 2020

    Explosive experts with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are being asked to investigate improvised explosive devices which were thrown at officers by rioters at the West Precinct Sunday. Some of the devices are believed to have been layered in BBs, intended to spray shrapnel when the devices exploded, according to sources with ...

  • Ukraine: Two IEDs destroyed outside subway station in Kyiv

    July 21, 2020

    Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko has said two improvised explosive devices have been disposed of outside the Minska metro station in Ukraine’s capital. “Bomb-disposal experts have just disposed of the two improvised explosive devices at the Minskiy market. At about 12:00 Kyiv time, an anonymous caller contacted the police 102 hotline and said two kiosks on wheels ...

  • UK DASA: Competition Document – Autonomy in Challenging Environments Phase 2

    July 21, 2020

    This Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) Phase 2 competition is seeking proposals that can provide a step change in the capability of unmanned autonomous military systems to operate in challenging environments. Successful proposals will aim to deliver a greater level of functionality and/or application than in Phase 1 in a more operational representative environment. This call ...

  • Thailand: Insurgents charged over Pattani bombings

    July 20, 2020

    Authorities yesterday arrested and charged six insurgents suspected of planting two bombs which injured four villagers in Pattani last week. All six suspects have been charged with planting explosives with the intention to injure and/or kill others. According to the police, the first bomb exploded on a road in Mae Lan district on July 14. The second ...

  • Hero dog sits on the House of Commons ‘throne’ during bomb sweep

    July 20, 2020

    Poppy was awarded the PDSA’s Order of Merit for her work. But the Spaniel is not fazed by glory and awards. She continues to work diligently sweeping the Palace of Westminster for the modern-day Guy Fawkes. Meeting and greeting It was during one of her routine explosive sweeps of the Commons that Poppy and her handler were ...

  • Philippines: Vessel’s anchor accidentally catches unexploded ordnance off Batangas

    July 20, 2020

    Philippine Coast Guard personnel on Saturday night seized an “unexploded ordnance” that got accidentally stuck at a vessel’s anchor off Batangas. The device was initially reported as an “explosive type object” and was later verified to be a Projectile 155 MM, “a high explosive unexploded ordnance,” according to PCG. PCG personnel in Batangas learned of the ordnance ...

  • Security And Stability: The Kenya-UK Partnership

    July 19, 2020

    In 1934, American psychologist Abraham Maslow published his ‘hierarchy of needs’. During his lifetime he lived through the Great War, the Spanish Influenza, which killed roughly 50 million people globally, the crash of stock markets in 1929, the Great Depression and a tide of global populism. Five years after his publication, the Second World War ...

  • Afghanistan: IED Kills District Police Chief in Paktika

    July 19, 2020

    Darya Khan Talash, district police chief for Surobi district in Paktika province, was killed in a roadside mine blast Sunday morning, local officials said. Three of his guards were also killed in the blast, officials said. According to the officials, the incident happened in early morning when his vehicle hit a roadside mine. The Taliban claimed responsibility ...

  • Nigeria: Explosion rocks Katsina, many feared killed

    July 18, 2020

    A bomb explosion occurred on Saturday at Yammama village near Malumfashi, Katsina State. The Police Command said five children were killed. The spokesman, SP Gambo Isah, said six other children were injured in the blast that occurred just before noon. He noted that the DPO in Malumfashi reported that a loud sound was heard inside the farm of ...

  • UK: One year after an attempted murder in Bolton police investigating want to speak to this man

    July 17, 2020

    Greater Manchester Police have released an e-fit one year after an attempted murder in Bolton. Detective Chief Inspector Alan Clitherow, of GMP’s Major Incident Team, said: “It has been one year since the Bolton area saw two shocking incidents which occurred within two weeks of each other and are believed to be connected to a dispute ...

  • India: MHA gives nod to field trials of ground-penetrating radar at Pakistan border

    July 17, 2020

    The Union home ministry has given the approval for field trials of hi-tech ground-penetrating radar (GPR) that will help detect tunnels, anti-tank mines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) on the western border with Pakistan, a development that comes amid India’s standoff with China. The handheld GPR will be equipped with an LCD screen, telescopic rod “to ...