News – July 2020


  • Can the operator of a drone be located by following the drone’s path?

    July 8, 2020

    Small commercial Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs), called drones in common language, pose significant security risks due to their agility, high availability and low price. There is, therefor, a growing need to develop methods for detection, localization and mitigation of malicious and other harmful operation of these drones. This paper presents our work towards autonomously localizing ...

  • Australia Continues Supporting Cambodia’s Mine Clearance Efforts Until 2024

    July 8, 2020

    Australian government has continued its support for mine clearance activities in Cambodia by providing AU$7.6 million from 2020 to 2024 through the Clearing for Results-Phase 4 (CFR-IV) project. The information was made known by H.E. Pablo Kang, Australian Ambassador to Cambodia during a working breakfast with H.E. Ly Thuch, Cambodian Senior Minister and First Vice-President of ...

  • Nigeria: Improvised Explosive Device Kills Soldier, Injures Others During Boko Haram Ambush In Borno

    July 8, 2020

    A Nigerian Army officer, Second Lieutenant Abdullahi Alhassan, has been killed by Improvised Explosive Device during an ambush by Boko Haram fighters along Maiduguri-Damaturu Road in Mainok. Two others sustained various degrees of injuries while a patrol vehicle conveying troops was badly damaged. SaharaReporters gathered that the troops were returning from a rescue operation around 5:30pm on ...

  • Northern Ireland: Hoax device shaped like pipe-bomb left at a property in Castlederg

    July 8, 2020

    Last night police were at the scene of a security alert in the Millbrook Gardens area of Castlederg following the report of a suspicious object. This morning a PSNI spokesman revealed the security alert was now over. The statement said that a suspicious object was examined at the scene and declared a hoax. Read more… Source: News Letter  

  • Suicide attack, roadside bomb kill 6 police in Afghanistan

    July 8, 2020

    A suicide truck bomber targeted a police district headquarters in Afghanistan’s southern Kandahar province on Wednesday, killing three officers, a local official said. Three other police officers, including a district police chief, were killed in a roadside bombing in eastern Ghazni province. The Taliban claimed responsibility for both attacks. In the Kandahar attack, the suicide bomber struck ...

  • Somalia: Two policemen killed in roadside blast in Mogadishu

    July 8, 2020

    Two policemen were killed and two civilians were injured in a roadside blast in Mogadishu on Wednesday, witnesses said. Police cordoned off the area but a vehicle damaged by an explosion could be seen, witnesses said. Police did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the blast in the Hodan district. Read more… Source: Reuters  

  • United Nations Says Explosive Devices Kill 138 in Libya

    July 8, 2020

    In a video posted widely in early June, a man sits on the ground with blood on his face and one leg splayed to the side. “Where am I?” he asks in Libyan Arabic, and the man holding the camera tells him he’s on the Airport Road in Tripoli. His car hit an IED (improvised explosive ...

  • UK: Bomb squad called after Lincolnshire Police find suspected explosive device

    July 8, 2020

    A bomb squad has been called to Boston after police found what is believed to be an explosive device. Officers from Lincolnshire Police have raided an address in Margaret Drive at 8am this morning, Tuesday, July 7 following a tip off. Inside they have found what appears to be an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and have called ...

  • Navy fires EOD command master chief

    July 8, 2020

    The command master chief of the Guam-based Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 5 was fired in May, Navy officials confirmed this week. A New York native, Knudsen enlisted in 1995 and made E-9 in 2017, according to service records. He reported to EODMU 5 in 2016. Read more… Source: Navy Times  

  • 7/7 London bombings: What happened, how many victims were there and who were the bombers?

    July 7, 2020

    The horrific 7/7 bombings were one of the worst terror attacks ever to hit London – with fifty-two innocent people killed in a series of coordinated explosions by four suicide bombers on July 7, 2005. A group of three suicide bombers set off from Leeds, West Yorkshire, at about 4am in a hired Nissan Micra and ...

  • Suicide attacks thwarted in Kabul city: NDS

    July 7, 2020

    The Special Forces of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) thwarted militants plot to carry out suicide attacks in Kabul city. According to a statement released by NDS, the Special Forces conducted a complex operation in Kabul city and arrested two would-be suicide bombers of ISIS terrorist group. The statement further that the suicide bombers were looking ...

  • Kentucky: Sheriff’s office: Pipe bomb found in hunting area in Boone County

    July 7, 2020

    The Boone County Sheriff’s Office says it found a homemade pipe bomb that was set up for a delayed explosion. The bomb was safely dismantled, but Chief Deputy Brian Pontius warned there could be others. “We have no way to guarantee that” this will be the only bomb, Pontius said. “It’s why we’re asking people to stay alert, ...

  • Cameroon: Search operations intensify after 3rd explosive device detonates in Yaounde

    July 7, 2020

    Security forces in Cameroon’s political capital Yaounde have intensified sporadic search operations in neighbourhoods after a third explosive device detonated at Rond Point Damas last Thursday July 2, 2020, days after the first two detonated. According to reports, Tuesday July 7 search operation took patrol teams to the Mokolo Elobi and Efoulan neighbourhoods. In both areas, the ...

  • India: IED injures two DRG personnel, 6 defused in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district

    July 7, 2020

    Two District Reserve Guard (DRG) personnel sustained minor injuries on Monday when an improvised explosive device (IED) planted by Naxalites went off in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district, police said. The incident took place at around 10.30 am in a     forest in Katekalyan police station limits when a DRG team was returning to base after destroying a Maoist ...

  • The Role of Nanotechnology in a Forensic Investigation

    July 7, 2020

    It is evident that the application of nanoscience in a forensic investigation has helped criminologists to solve crime mysteries in less time and with greater efficiency. The rapid advancements in forensic science come with technological improvements in nanotechnology. This article highlights some of the major achievements in forensic science based on nanotechnology. Identification of Fingerprints Fingerprints have ...

  • UK: Bomb squad called after grenades found in village in Cambridgeshire

    July 7, 2020

    The bomb squad were called to a village near Wisbech after grenades were found. Police were called yesterday (6 July) at 8.25pm to reports of two suspicious devices found in Church lane, Tydd St Giles. Officers and Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) attended and a 100m cordon was set up as a precaution, including the closure of the ...

  • India: NIA makes 7th arrest in Pulwama terror attack case

    July 7, 2020

    The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested Jammu and Kashmir resident Bilal Ahmed Kuchey for playing a key role in the 2019 Pulwama terror attack that killed 40 CRPF troopers in Kashmir valley, an official agency release said on Tuesday. Bilal had provided logistical support to the group of terrorists that planned the attack on February ...

  • US Lawmakers call on Army to coordinate small-drone defenses

    July 6, 2020

    To better defend military forces against small weaponized drones, lawmakers introduced legislation calling for the Army to coordinate troop defenses against small unmanned aerial systems for the Department of Defense. Small drones — including small, easily acquired, commercially made drones — are an emerging threat to U.S. forces overseas, according to Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) and ...

  • Terrorist groups must not be allowed to exploit ‘fragilities’ caused by global health pandemic

    July 6, 2020

    As COVID-19 continues to disrupt the world’s health systems, economies and local communities, the UN Secretary-General on Monday highlighted how the pandemic has laid bare vulnerabilities to “new and emerging forms of terrorism”, such as cyberattacks, bioterrorism and the misuse of digital technology. While the coronavirus has put the international community in the crosshairs of a ...

  • Statement by Acting SRSG Stephanie Williams on the Death of Two Libyan Mine Clearance Workers in Southern Tripoli

    July 6, 2020

    Tripoli, 06 July 2020 – Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General (ASRSG) for Libya and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Stephanie Williams expresses her deep sadness and regret over the death of two humanitarian mine clearance workers yesterday in southern Tripoli and offers her heartfelt condolences to their families and ...