News – July 2020


  • Jammu and Kashmir: IED expert among 3 terrorists killed in Kulgam encounter

    July 17, 2020

    A top commander and improvised explosive device (IED) expert was among the three terrorists of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) outfit killed in an encounter on Friday morning in the Kulgam district of south Kashmir. He was responsible for a large number of attacks on security forces, including an IED attack. Three soldiers were also injured in the encounter and ...

  • New explosive materials to bring nontoxic ammunition

    July 16, 2020

    Every time a gun fires, lead leaches into the air. A scientific advancement could provide a comparable replacement for lead-based explosive materials found in ammunition, protecting soldiers and the environment from potential toxic effects. Purdue University researchers, in collaboration with the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Army Research Laboratory, developed two new lead-free materials that ...

  • Kenya’s Most Unique Army Regiment [VIDEO]

    July 16, 2020

    A black and furry Labrador Retriever lets out a deep vibrating growl from the depth of its chest as members of an elite unit within the Kenyan Defence Forces (KDF) take it through several military drills. This gentle beast gifted with a nose that can sniff out improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in a combat zone, is part of ...

  • IDF Thwarts Terror Attack Near Shechem, Arrests 4 Suspects

    July 16, 2020

    IDF forces operating in the area of Nablus (Shechem) thwarted a planned terror attack on Wednesday. The terror cell, which was comprised of four operatives, had in their possession an improvised explosive device and two Molotov cocktails. They are suspected of possessing these items with the intent of carrying out a terror attack on a ...

  • Colombia: Ambulances For Mine-detection Dogs

    July 16, 2020

    The Colombian army has equipped six new ambulances to care for mine and explosive detection dogs in different parts of the country, especially where illegal groups have illicit crops. Colonel Jose Antonio Pérez, Chief of the National Center against Explosive and Mine Artifacts said that the new veterinary ambulances will “support our canine partners who develop ...

  • Kabul Police defuse remote-controlled bomb in Kabul city

    July 15, 2020

    The Kabul Police forces seized a remote-controlled bomb and thwarted militants’ bid to carry out another explosion in the city. The Kabul Police Headquarters in a statement said the Kabul Police forces discovered and seized the remote-controlled bomb during an operation in Fazel Beg area located in the 5th district of the city. The statement further added ...

  • NATO: Taliban Violence ‘Undermines Confidence in Peace’

    July 15, 2020

    NATO called on all sides to rapidly start intra-Afghan talks, adding that NATO allies will continue to consult on its military presence to support the peace process. “An Afghan-owned and led peace process aimed at finding a political resolution that ends decades of conflict is the only way to deliver sustainable peace to the Afghan people ...

  • AFRICOM: Russia, Wagner Group complicating Libyan ceasefire efforts

    July 15, 2020

    U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) has clear evidence that Russian employed, state-sponsored Wagner Group laid landmines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in and around Tripoli, further violating the United Nations arms embargo and endangering the lives of innocent Libyans. Verified photographic evidence shows indiscriminately placed booby-traps and minefields around the outskirts of Tripoli down to Sirte since ...

  • Illinois: Lake Forest Hotel Evacuated After Guest Found Making Homemade Bombs In Room

    July 15, 2020

    The incident began at about 6:20 p.m., when Orange County Sheriff’s deputies were called to a disturbance at a hotel room at the three-story Staybridge Suites Irvine East/Lake Forest, located at 2 Orchard Rd. When deputies entered the room, they discovered several homemade explosive devices and illegal explosive substances. Surrounding rooms were evacuated while an OCSD Bomb ...

  • Australia: Undetonated commercial explosives found by tourists in bushland near Norseman, WA

    July 15, 2020

    Trekking down a tourist trail 20 kilometres outside Norseman, in Western Australia’s Goldfields region, a couple were shocked to find explosives scattered around the area where they had stopped for lunch. The couple alerted Shire of Dundas CEO, Peter Fitchat, who went to investigate the scene. There he found around six undetonated plastic explosives scattered on the ...

  • Duo arrested on suspicion of planning explosives attack in Barcelona

    July 14, 2020

    Catalan police have arrested two men on suspicion of planning an explosives attack in Barcelona. The two individuals of Algerian nationality, aged 41 and 43, are suspected of belonging to a cell that has been under investigation since 2017. The arrests are part of the operation carried out in January 2019, where 19 people were arrested in ...

  • British Army sheds an Afghan war legacy: blast-proof trucks

    July 14, 2020

    Nearly 750 armored vehicles purchased by the British Ministry of Defence to combat the threat of roadside bombs in Afghanistan are being axed from the Army’s force structure. Mastiff, Ridgeback and Wolfhound armored fleets are to be pensioned off in the latest drawdown of vehicles under the Land Environment Fleet Optimisation Plan (LEFOP) by the British ...

  • Arkansas: Pipe bombs, explosive device components found at residence

    July 14, 2020

    A joint investigation by the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) recently uncovered homemade explosive devices and explosive components at a residence in northern Baxter County, a news release from Sheriff John Montgomery states. The investigation came about because of a complaint call of a possible overdose that ...

  • Estonia: Bomb made by minors explodes at Lilleküla High School in Tallinn

    July 14, 2020

    A homemade explosive device exploded at Tallinn’s Lilleküla High School on Friday and two minors, a teenage boy and girl, are suspected of making the explosive and organizing the explosion, the Estonian daily newspaper Postimees reported. The alarm center received a call at 11:30 p.m. on Friday that an explosion was heard from Lilleküla High School ...

  • Maritime security can help resolve the Mozambique insurgency

    July 14, 2020

    Over recent months the bloody insurgency in the northern Mozambique province of Cabo Delgado has taken an unprecedented maritime turn. If it worsens, it could have profound socio-economic and security implications for Southern Africa. The Islamic State-inspired Ahlu-Sunnah Wal Jama’at (Al-Sunnah) has been attacking Cabo Delgado inhabitants since 2017, killing over 1 000 people to date. Al-Sunnah has launched ...

  • Several injured as Russo-Turkish patrol in Syria hits IED

    July 14, 2020

    Three Russian and several Turkish soldiers were injured Tuesday in Syria’s volatile Idlib province when a joint military patrol hit an improvised explosive device, the Russian defense ministry said. The device blew up at 8:50 local time (0550 GMT) as their convoy patrolled the M4 highway in the southern part of a de-escalation zone, a statement ...

  • Yemen’s Houthis say Saudi oil facility hit in overnight attack

    July 13, 2020

    Yemen’s Houthi rebels say they have attacked a large oil facility in an industrial complex south of the Saudi Arabian city of Jizan as part of an overnight operation. The Saudi-led military coalition fighting the Houthis said on Monday it intercepted and destroyed four missiles and six bomb-laden drones launched by Houthi rebels towards the kingdom. The missiles ...

  • Somalia’s army chief escapes car bomb attack in Mogadishu

    July 13, 2020

    Somalia’s military commander-in-chief narrowly escaped a car bombing on Monday that killed at least one person and ten others wounded in Mogadishu’s Hodan district. The commander general Odawa Yussuf Rageh was coming from the ministry of defense after a  car packed with explosives tried to breach the convoy. Soldiers opened fire at the vehicle after the driver ...

  • Taliban car bomb attack on Afghan intel office kills 11

    July 13, 2020

    At least 11 security personnel were killed Monday in an attack claimed by the Taliban on a rural office of Afghanistan’s intelligence agency, officials said. The insurgents said a suicide bomber detonated a device inside a car near the National Directorate of Security (NDS) while gunmen stormed the building in Aybak city in the north of ...

  • Somalia: 10 soldiers killed in landmine explosion in Lower Juba

    July 13, 2020

    At least ten soldiers are reported dead were and several others wounded after a roadside bomb exploded in Bula Gaduud town in the Lower Juba region on Monday. Residents said the landmine explosion targeting a military vehicle carrying soldiers who were passing on the road. “We heard a heavy explosion and the shockwaves could be felt from ...