News – June 2020


  • Leading UK bomb disposal expert to auction SAS Who Dares Wins ring to help needy

    June 30, 2020

    Britain’s leading bomb disposal expert Major Chris Hunter is selling his prized SAS ring to help the needy. The war hero is auctioning the 9ct gold collectors’ item to help pay for a Royal British Legion foodbank operation. Maj Hunter, 47, and his team of fellow veterans launched the service during the lockdown. He said: “I am ...

  • UK Defence and Security Accelerator Competition: Autonomy in Challenging Environments Phase 2

    June 30, 2020

    The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is launching the second phase of the Autonomy in Challenging Environments theme, seeking proposals for novel and innovative technologies to improve the capability of unmanned autonomous military systems in challenging environments. Unmanned autonomous and semi-autonomous systems are driving a revolutionary change in society and in the military. These autonomous technologies ...

  • UK: The moment a WW2 mortar round is blown up on Norfolk beach

    June 29, 2020

    A British Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team from Colchester was called to Mundesley beach on Sunday, June 28, after the object was discovered. A Coastguard team set up a cordon to make sure no-one else wandered onto the beach while the bomb squad were inspecting the object. Pete Revell, Bacton Coastguard rescue officer, said it turned ...

  • 315 CEF EOD sharpens skills, maintains proficiency during COVID

    June 29, 2020

    JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. — The 315th Civil Engineer Flight’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal team here held a live-explosives demolition training June 27, 2020, at the EOD range near the Naval Weapons Station Charleston. To maintain mission readiness and the ability to answer the call when needed, the 315 CEF Reservists battle through a pandemic that has limited ...

  • Pakistan attack: ‘Gunmen killed’ in raid on stock exchange in Karachi

    June 29, 2020

    Four gunmen attacked the Pakistani stock exchange in Karachi, killing at least two people and wounding others before police shot them dead. The assailants launched a grenade attack at the main gate to the building and opened fire but police say they failed to make it to the trading floor. Staff inside took refuge in locked rooms ...

  • Afghanistan: 6 Civilians Killed in Helmand Roadside Mine Blast

    June 29, 2020

    At least six civilians, including women and children, were killed in a roadside mine blast in southern Helmand province on Sunday afternoon, local officials said on Monday. The incident took place in Washir district after a civilian vehicle struck a roadside mine, said Mohammad Zaman Hamdard, a spokesman for provincial police chief. No group, including the Taliban, ...

  • UK: Southend Airport to stop removal of liquids and laptops from hand luggage

    June 29, 2020

    Southend Airport is set to become the country’s first airport to stop making passengers remove liquids and laptops thanks to new X-Ray machine technology. The growing airport will next month abandon the practice of asking passengers to remove liquids and laptops from hand luggage as they go through scanners. Bosses say it will help to stop people ...

  • Afghanistan war: Russia denies paying militants to kill US troops

    June 28, 2020

    Russia has denied reports that it offered Taliban-linked militants bounties to kill US troops in Afghanistan. Citing US officials, The New York Times, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal reported that a Russian military intelligence unit offered the alleged bounties last year. The same unit has been linked to assassination attempts in Europe The Russian embassy in the ...

  • UK: Bomb disposal called to Sunderland house after suspected explosives found

    June 28, 2020

    Northumbria Police uncovered suspected explosives during a raid at a Sunderland home. The planned warrant took place at a property on Amy Street on Friday 25 June. While searching the house suspicious items were found prompting officers to call in the bomb disposal unit to rule out that the items were explosives. Test results confirmed the items were ...

  • Philippines: Rifle, explosives seized in clash with NPAs in Sorsogon

    June 28, 2020

    Authorities recovered a rifle and explosives after a firefight with suspected New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in Donsol town in Sorsogon on Saturday (June 27). Major Jose Michael Aurelio, chief of Donsol police, said in a report that while conducting combat operations, the 1st Police Mobile Force Company and 91st Division Reconnaissance Company of Philippine Army ...

  • Video: How Do You Deliver a K-9 Team Onto a Ship?

    June 28, 2020

    What do the Super Bowl, presidential inaugurations and maritime mass transit have in common? Coast Guard K-9 units on duty to serve and protect. While the Coast Guard’s K-9 units are stationed at major ports with a primary focus on maritime mass transit, their expertise in explosives detection makes them uniquely suited to provide security for ...

  • Ugandan security hunt for criminals targeting gov’t vehicles with petrol bombs

    June 27, 2020

    Ugandan security agencies have launched a hunt for a group of five suspected criminals who are hurling improvised petrol bombs at government vehicles. Police said the group of five people have been captured on different CCTV camera footages carrying out three separate attacks in different parts of the city including Katwe, Nateete and Busega. Among the incidents, ...

  • Two Human Rights Workers Killed in Kabul

    June 27, 2020

    Two employees of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) were killed in an IED explosion that targeted their vehicle in Kabul this morning, the commission confirmed. One of the victims was a woman who was serving as a legal adviser to the commission. Another victim was a driver. The incident happened in PD12 of Kabul in ...

  • 79th Explosive Ordnance Battalion relocates to Fort Riley

    June 26, 2020

    Fort Riley welcomed about 51 soldiers with the 79th Explosive Ordnance Battalion Friday as they relocated to the post for their new headquarters. The battalion participated in a color uncasing ceremony, signifying its restationing, at the Cavalry Parade Field. Read more… Source: The Mercury  

  • Lithuania: Explosion in Vilnius was planned during daytime with people around

    June 26, 2020

    The bomb placed at the building housing international company in Vilnius last October did not go off but it could have caused major damage to the building and injured many people, Rolandas Kiskis, chief of Lithuania’s criminal police, says. The suspect planned to detonate the bomb during daytime with many people in the building. According to Kiskis, ...

  • Nebraska National Guard Airmen help research IED neutralizing technique

    June 26, 2020

    A Federal Bureau of Investigations publication recently recognized two Airmen from the 155th Explosive Ordnance Disposal shop, along with bomb squads from Nebraska and Iowa, for their work with a research project at an FBI Critical Incidence Response Group event in 2018. The publication expressed its sincerest appreciation for the bomb technicians who conducted a series ...

  • UK: Newcastle’s Fatah Abdullah jailed for inciting German terror attack

    June 26, 2020

    A man who incited a German terror cell to commit mass murder with a car, explosives and a meat cleaver has been given a life sentence. Fatah Abdullah tried to learn how to make a pressure cooker “bomb” to aid Germany-based conspirators Omar Babek and Ahmed Hussein. The 35-year-old encouraged the others to set off explosions, drive ...

  • PIAP PATROL® C-IED and CBRN recon robot with Logos Imaging MONOS portable DR system

    June 25, 2020

    Joint Press Release Johnstown, CO, USA – Warsaw, Poland. (June 25, 2020) – Logos Imaging LLC (USA) and Łukasiewicz PIAP (Poland) have joined their development efforts in integrating the X-ray inspection capability on a reconnaissance robot, the task successfully proven with a 800 meter remote operation of the ensemble. Having recognized the integration as the key to ...

  • Casualties from landmine/UXO in Cambodia down 42 pct in H1: report

    June 25, 2020

    Cambodia reported 36 landmine and unexploded ordnance (UXO) casualties in the first half of 2020, down 42 percent compared with 62 over the same period last year, said an official report on Thursday. During the January-June period this year, nine people were killed, down from 11 deaths over the same period last year, said the report ...

  • Let’s Meet in Prague at FUTURE FORCES Exhibition & FORUM 2020—

    June 25, 2020

    Press Release Despite the recent COVID outbreak, the biennial defence and security exhibition, expert panels and networking FUTURE FORCES FORUM (FFF) will take place as scheduled on 21 – 23 October 2020 in Prague, Czech Republic. FUTURE FORCES FORUM links users of the latest technologies in military and civil security operations to manufacturers and researchers from all over the world. All FFF events are ...