News – July 2021


  • Solomon Islands: EOD experts remove bomb in Malaita

    July 31, 2021

    The Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) of the Royal Solomon Island Police Force (RSIPF) removed a 120mm Japanese projectile bomb at Bulogaly village, Ata’a district in North Malaita on 24 July 2021. Officer-in-charge (OIC) EOD Inspector Clifford Tunuki says, “EOD have responded to the report dispatched by the police communication centre from a complainant. A team consists ...

  • EU pledges additional $8 million for explosives clearance in Iraq

    July 31, 2021

    The European Union’s ambassador to Iraq on Friday said the bloc would allocate an additional $8 million (€6.7 million) for the detection and destruction of explosives left by ISIS. Martin Huth said in a tweet that the money would be allocated to the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) for mine removal. UNMAS welcomed the funding, saying ...

  • 52nd EOD leads Armywide effort to strengthen career field

    July 29, 2021

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. – Specialist Brent Tucke and Pvt. 1st Class Jackson Chang visited the Gate 10 Express looking for a bite to eat, while there they may also have found a new career path in explosive ordnance disposal. The two are currently assigned to 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne ...

  • North Carolina: Charlotte police see uptick in homemade explosives

    July 29, 2021

    There is an uptick in homemade explosives, according to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. Officials say they believe boredom and isolation is contributing to some people making more explosives. They are reminding everyone that making explosives is illegal at the state and federal levels. Sgt. Chris Strong with the department’s bomb squad says you don’t know what you’re ...

  • Russia: Terrorist cell leader eliminated in Siberian city, FSB says

    July 29, 2021

    Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) has eliminated a leader and a participant of the IS terrorist group (outlawed in Russia) who was plotting terror acts in Tyumen. The FSB Public Relations Center told TASS on Thursday that they offered armed resistance when being detained. While searching the site and the terrorists, a ready-to-use homemade explosive device ...

  • India: 2 Bengal policemen injured in crude bomb explosion in North 24 Parganas

    July 29, 2021

    Two police personnel were injured in a crude bomb explosion in Jagatdal area of North 24 Parganas district in West Bengal on Wednesday. Unidentified men allegedly hurled bombs at the police on Atchala Bagan road in Jagaddal on Wednesday night, as per reports. More personnel have been deployed at the site of the incident following the ...

  • Cambodia: 11-year-old boy injured by UXO in Pursat province

    July 28, 2021

    The Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC) claimed that an 11-year-old boy was recently injured when he dropped an RPG when he was herding cattle. The incident happened in Samrong commune, Phnom Kravanh district, Pursat province. The RPGs are relics of a war that ravaged the country and until the present day are a danger to the people ...

  • Russian peacekeepers defuse over 300 explosive objects in Nagorno-Karabakh

    July 28, 2021

    Russian peacekeepers defused more than 300 explosive objects found on the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh), the Russian Defense Ministry said on Wednesday. “Today, at one of the destruction sites, the group is destroying explosive objects. To date, more than forty explosive objects have been destroyed, which were discovered by the mine clearance team during the cleaning ...

  • UK and Kenya sign new Defence Cooperation Agreement to tackle shared threat from Al-Shabaab

    July 28, 2021

    Defence Secretary Ben Wallace and Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for Defence Dr Monica Juma signed the deal after agreeing to step up UK support for the key security partner The UK is stepping up its counter-terrorism and military support to Kenya as the two countries signed a new five-year Defence Cooperation Agreement (DCA). Defence Secretary Ben Wallace and ...

  • Łukasiewicz – PIAP Delivers Robots to Indonesia

    July 28, 2021

    Łukasiewicz Research Network – Industrial Research Institute for Automation and Measurements PIAP has delivered another batch of EOD robots for the Indonesian military. Notably, Łukasiewicz-PIAP products have been present there since 2014. The contractual work completed this time referred to the PIAP Gryf EOD robots. They have been received by the EOD Teams of the Indonesian ...

  • Australian Department of Defence – CASG looks for new Remote Positioning Vehicles, Joint Counter Improvised Explosive Device (JCIED) capability

    July 28, 2021

    Australian Department of Defence – CASG has announced on 22 Jul 2021 that is accepting bids for the following project: Project Land 154 Phase 4 Remote Positioning Vehicles. The Joint Counter Improvised Explosive Device (JCIED) capability under Land 154 Ph 4 includes the replacement of all RPVs in service in the ADF across all three services. The ...

  • Nagorno Karabakh: ANAMA employee injured in mine blast in liberated Jabrayil

    July 28, 2021

    An employee of the Azerbaijan National Agency for Mine Action (ANAMA) was hit by an anti-personnel mine blast on July 27. The incident occurred in Mehdili village of Jabrayil region that was liberated from the Armenian occupation in last year’s war. Nasirov Bahruz (42) received various injuries as a result of an anti-personnel mine blast while in ...

  • Philippines: Troops seize bombs in South Cotabato province

    July 27, 2021

    Troops have seized improvised bombs, bomb-making materials and other personal belongings following a clash with a group of Daulah Islamiyah terrorists in South Cotabato, the military said Tuesday, July 27. Lieutenant General Corleto Vinluan Jr., commander of the Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom), said the troops were conducting focused military operations when they clashed Saturday, July 24, ...

  • Indiana: State’s K9 training held at vacant Justice Center

    July 27, 2021

    The bomb sniffing dog “Taco” prepares to search a cell block at the former Justice Center on Walnut Street Tuesday afternoon.The state’s annual multi-agency K9 training was held, for the first time, in Muncie due to the availability of space at the vacant, former Justice Center on Walnut Street. The training is organized by the Transportation ...

  • US combat forces to leave Iraq by end of year

    July 27, 2021

    President Joe Biden says US forces will end their combat mission in Iraq by the end of this year, but will continue to train and advise the Iraqi military. The announcement came after Mr Biden held talks with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi at the White House. There are currently 2,500 US troops in Iraq helping local ...

  • Homeless to hero: Pawleys Island shelter dog accepted to be police K-9 in New York

    July 27, 2021

    A shelter dog in Pawleys Island has been accepted to serve and protect the people of New York. Apollo will soon be traveling to the big apple to start his training to become a police K-9, All 4 Paws Animal Rescue said. K-9 Protectors recognized all of the hard work the shelter has done and for going ...

  • Elgin AFB: Local EOD units test new imaging tech

    July 26, 2021

    EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla.- Local explosive ordnance disposal units received and were trained on a new upgraded portable imaging X-ray system here last week. The new Vidisco Guardian 12 Digital Radiographic X-ray system enhances EOD’s capabilities by making it easier to view the internal contents of suspicious, improvised explosive devices and unexploded ordnance. The Air Force ...

  • UN says five peacekeepers injured in attack in northern Mali

    July 26, 2021

    Five U.N. peacekeepers were injured in an attack using an improvised explosive device in Mali’s restive north Monday, the United Nations said. U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said a quick reaction force was immediately sent to the site in Aguelhok in the Kidal region and the wounded peacekeepers were taken to a hospital. No other details were ...

  • Mapping the advance of the Taliban in Afghanistan

    July 26, 2021

    The resurgent Taliban have taken more territory in Afghanistan in the last two months than at any time since they were ousted from power in 2001. Over the last 20 years, the control map of Afghanistan has been an ever-changing canvas. Here, we look at the fluctuating picture of who controls which areas. It appears the Taliban ...

  • How ‘super-detector’ dogs are helping free Iraq from the terror of Isis mines

    July 26, 2021

    On the wide, flat plain of the Sinjar district of northern Iraq, Naif Khalaf Qassim lets his dog, an eight-year-old Belgian shepherd, range across the dry earth on a 30-metre leash until Branco stops and sits, tail wagging, looking towards his handler with enthusiasm. Branco has detected something underground and, when the mine-clearing team is brought ...

  • Pakistan: At least 4 injured in IED blast in Quetta

    July 26, 2021

    At least four people were injured on Monday while a Frontier Corps (FC) vehicle was damaged in a blast in Hazar Ganji, a locality on the outskirts of Quetta, officials said. In a statement, a spokesman for the Balochistan Counter-Terrorism Department said that at 07:40am an improvised explosive device (IED) explosion took place outside the main ...

  • Updated electronic warfare course resumes at Camp Buehring

    July 26, 2021

    CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait – Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) were a deadly threat during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, causing most casualties in both conflicts. IEDs remain a threat for coalition forces in Iraq and Syria during Operation Inherent Resolve. The U.S. military developed several countermeasures to protect both mounted and dismounted service members from ...

  • U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal Soldiers tackle critical missions around world

    July 26, 2021

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Maryland – U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians save lives and enable operations by confronting and defeating everything from hand grenades to nuclear weapons. Across the nation and around the world, EOD Soldiers take on the explosives devices that can harm people and hinder operations during combat missions and training exercises. When a 120mm ...

  • Finnish official appointed EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator

    July 26, 2021

    The Secretary-General of the Council of the European Union has appointed Finnish lawyer and civil servant Ilkka Salmi as the EU’s Counter-Terrorism Coordinator, the ministry of the interior has announced in a press release. The release states that Salmi will be responsible for coordinating the council’s work in “combating terrorism, maintaining an overview of all EU ...

  • UN – Civilian Casualties in Afghanistan Hit Record Levels

    July 26, 2021

    Resulting from a spike in violence in May that corresponded with the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan, the civilian casualties reported in the country for the first half of 2021 have reached record levels, the UN said in a report released on Monday. The UN has warned that without significant de-escalation, 2021 will witness the ...

  • Nimble robotic arms that perform delicate surgery may be one step closer to reality

    July 26, 2021

    Researchers at Northeastern are working to eliminate the stiff, herky-jerky motions in robotic arms to make them graceful and deft enough to gently pick up an egg or sturdy enough to stack dinner plates. The findings could one day allow doctors to remotely perform surgery on a distant battlefield or help bomb disposal experts safely ...

  • Australia: Specialty skills combine during Talisman Sabre 21

    July 25, 2021

    Infantry, engineers, cavalry and military police gathered at dawn, ready to clear a patrol base during Exercise Talisman Sabre 2021 (TS21). In this fictional scenario, Battle Group Eagle soldiers were tasked to clear an enemy compound housing both civilians and combatants. They approached along a creek bed while tanks and armoured personnel carriers provided a distraction ...

  • UK: Army experts carry out controlled explosion of 500lb WW2 bomb in Goole

    July 24, 2021

    A live World War Two bomb unearthed by builders on a housing development has been destroyed in a controlled explosion. The 500lb (227kg) device was found on the new-build estate in Goole, East Yorkshire, on Thursday. Eight homes were evacuated and the M62 was shut between junctions 35 and 37 as a safety precaution. https://twitter.com/29eod/status/1419001726116499456 Read more… Source: BBC News ...