News – July 2019


  • Afghanistan: Roadside IED blast kills 34 bus passengers

    July 31, 2019

    A major roadside landmine blast in Farah, western Afghanistan, bordering Iran, killed at least 34 people on Wednesday morning, an official confirmed. A passenger bus coming from the neighboring Herat province hit a roadside improvised explosive device around 8.00 a.m. (0330GMT), killing 34 passengers and injuring 17, Muhib Muhib, spokesman for the Farah police headquarters, told ...

  • TF EOD trains future leaders

    July 31, 2019

    U.S. Army Sgt. Bradley Houston participated in a team leader certification exercise at Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo, July 27, 2019. Houston is deployed to Kosovo in support of Multinational Battle Group East’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal Task Force. Qualifying in the team leader certification, offers Houston a chance to be in charge of his own team in the ...

  • UK Ministry of Defence Exercises Option to Purchase T7 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Robots from L3Harris Technologies

    July 30, 2019

    The United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence (MOD) has exercised a $46 million (£36 million) contract option with L3Harris Technologies (NYSE:LHX) to provide T7™ robotic systems to support domestic explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) missions. This award is an option to the $70 million (£55 million) contract the MOD awarded L3Harris in 2017 for T7 robotic systems for the ...

  • 3,812 Afghan civilians killed, wounded in first half of 2019: UNAMA

    July 30, 2019

    The UN mission in Afghanistan has announced that the conflict in Afghanistan killed or wounded 3,812 civilians in the first half of 2019. The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan said in its latest report that the conflict killed 1,366 civilians in first half of the year. The report further added that the conflict also wounded 2,446 ...

  • Children among 26 killed, wounded as deadly blast rocks Spin Boldak in Kandahar

    July 30, 2019

    A deadly explosion killed or wounded at least 26 civilians including many children in Spin Boldak district of Kandahar. The local security officials said an Improvised Explosive Device went off in Spin Boladak earlier today. The officials further added that the explosion killed 3 children and wounded 23 other civilians including 6 children. Meanwhile, the Provincial Government Media ...

  • Give post-Troubles medal to bomb disposal specialists: Beattie

    July 29, 2019

    Army bomb disposal teams working in Northern Ireland should get a medal in recognition of their service, Doug Beattie has said. Commenting after army specialists were tasked to deal with an improvised explosive device in Craigavon at the weekend, the Ulster Unionist MLA said he had written to the defence minister in an effort to have ...

  • Afghan Special Forces destroy house-borne IED in Kandahar province

    July 29, 2019

    The Afghan Special Forces destroyed a house-borne improvised explosive device during an operation in southern Kandahar province. The military officials said Monday that the Special Forces destroyed a house bomb in Maiwand district. The officials further added that the Special Forces destroyed a small weapons cache during a separate raid in Sayyidabad district of Wardak. Furthermore, the Special ...

  • Dissident republicans ‘lure police to deadly explosive booby-trap near a bus stop in Northern Ireland

    July 28, 2019

    Dissident republicans are believed to have lured police to a bomb disguised as a fired mortar near a bus stop in Northern Ireland on Friday. The explosive, found on a footpath in Craigavon, Co Armagh, was set up to detonate if moved or touched, the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said. It said a call to a Belfast newspaper that a mortar had ...

  • Two North Carolina bomb squad agents injured after explosive materials blew-up during the search of a man’s home

    July 26, 2019

    Two North Carolina bomb squad agents were injured during the search of a man’s home after he was pulled over for having homemade explosives in his car. The State Bureau of Investigations (SBI) agents were assisting Sampson County Sheriff’s Office investigate a rural area southeast of Raleigh when the materials exploded on Friday. Assistant Special Agent in ...

  • Peshmerga forces train to counter IED threat

    July 25, 2019

    Zeravani soldiers conducted Counter-Improvised Explosive Device training exercises at Bnaslawa Training Center near Erbil, Iraq, July 25, 2019. An Italian Army C-IED Mobile Training Team trained the soldiers to detect and defeat explosive hazards commonly found on the battlefield. Zeravani are a specialized branch of Peshmerga forces operated by the Kurdistan Regional Government. The Kirkuk-based team ...

  • Somalia: Suicide attack by Al-Shabaab kills 6 in Mogadishu

    July 25, 2019

    A female suicide bomber detonated herself in the office of the Mogadishu’s mayor, killing six officials and badly wounding Mayor Abdirahman Omar Osman, local media reported on Wednesday. “Sabah Abdullahi Mohamed, the commissioner of Abdulaziz district and her Waberi district counterpart are confirmed to be among the dead,” GaroweOnline, an independent news website claimed. Deputy Mayor Mohamed ...

  • Afghan forces thwart militants deadly plot to target Baghlan University students

    July 25, 2019

    The Afghan forces thwarted a deadly plot by anti-government armed militants to target the university students in northern Baghlan province. The Ministry of Interior (MoI) in a statement said the security forces discovered and defused an improvised explosive which the militants had planted close to Baghlan University. The statement further added that the militants had planted the ...

  • 56 killed, wounded in back to back explosions in Kabul city

    July 25, 2019

    Three consecutive blasts in Kabul city left 11 people dead and 45others wounded, the Ministry of Public Health said. Nasrat Rahimi, a spokesman for the Ministry of Interior said the explosions killed 11 civilians and wounded 45 others. Furthermore, Rahimi said a suicide bomber targeted a vehicle carrying the employees of the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum ...

  • IED blast kills one in Turkey’s southeast

    July 23, 2019

    Two civilian vehicles on their way to pick up military personnel in Turkey’s southeastern Hakkari province were targeted by improvised explosive devices (IEDs) on Tuesday. The explosion killed one of the drivers and severely injured the other. The deceased was identified as Ilhami Celik, added the source who asked not to be named due to restrictions on ...

  • Afghanistan: Car bombing kills 4 people in SE Afghanistan

    July 22, 2019

    A massive car bombing in the southeast of Afghanistan targeting a local security officer killed at least four people, an official and local media confirmed on Sunday after a spate of terrorist attacks across the country in the last one week. The incident took place in Gardez city, capital of Paktia province, located at a distance ...

  • UK to send 250 troops to Mali for dangerous peacekeeping mission

    July 22, 2019

    The UK is to send 250 troops to Mali in the biggest peacekeeping deployment since Bosnia and potentially the most dangerous mission for British forces since Afghanistan. The soldiers will form a long-range reconnaissance task group, specifically chosen for their ability to operate in small teams and in violent, contested areas of the country. They will be ...

  • Landmine clearance to start at Royal Welsh Show (don’t worry, they’re not real)

    July 21, 2019

    Visitors at this week’s Royal Welsh Show are being invited to don protective body armour and hunt for explosive-free landmines. A dummy minefield is being created at the showground to highlight the humanitarian work of the HALO Trust. Mine clearance enables communities in war-torn countries to recover abandoned land and grow their own food. In 1997 the work received worldwide ...

  • Two Ukrainian soldiers killed in IED blast in Donbas

    July 21, 2019

    Four servicemen who were part of the Joint Forces on a mission in the Donbas warzone were killed as they stepped on an explosive device planted by an enemy subversion group, that’s according to the report by the JFO HQ. The two soldiers died on the spot, the report says, adding that another two military ...

  • Pakistan: Nine people killed in complex attack involving female suicide bomber

    July 21, 2019

    At least nine people have been killed and 30 others were injured in Pakistan after a complex attack involving a suicide bomber, believed to be a woman wearing a burqa. The bomber struck outside a hospital as the wounded were being brought in from an earlier shooting targeting police. The assault in Dera Ismail Khan, early on ...

  • Six injured as IED explodes in North Waziristan

    July 21, 2019

    Six people were seriously injured, including four security personnel and two civilians as an IED exploded on Datta Khel area road on Saturday, security sources disclosed to The Express Tribune over the phone. Security forces were deployed to control and watch over the law and order situation in North Waziristan as polling was under way for ...