News – June 2020


  • UNIDIR: Counter-IED Capability Maturity Model and Self-Assessment Tool

    June 25, 2020

    In 2016, the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) was mandated by the United Nations General Assembly to develop “a voluntary self-assessment tool to assist States in identifying gaps and challenges in their national regulation and preparedness regarding improvised explosive devices”. In response to this request, UNIDIR developed this Counter-IED Capability Maturity Model and ...

  • Teenage Suicide Attacker Surrenders to Afghan Forces in Kunduz

    June 25, 2020

    Sayed Mukhtar 13, an Afghan teenager who was trained by the Taliban for a suicide attack, has surrendered to the Afghan security forces in Kunduz province, the Ministry of Interior said on Thursday. The teenager claimed that he spent five years in a Taliban camp and pursued military education and tactics for suicide attacks. Sayed Mukhtar was ...

  • Cameroonian police on high alert following two explosions in capital

    June 25, 2020

    Cameroonian police are on high alert for dangerous weapons after two improvised devices exploded in the capital, Yaounde, a senior police officer said on Wednesday. Didier Ngah, police commissioner, said security has been enhanced and counter-terror measures have been put in place to secure the capital after two devices exploded on Sunday in the Central African ...

  • UK: Beachgoers in East Yorkshire ignore warnings at beauty spot littered with explosives

    June 25, 2020

    People have been spotted having a barbecue on East Yorkshire beach closed because it is littered with explosives. The sandy stretch of coastline between Great Cowden and Aldbrough has been shut off after a large amount of unexploded ordnance was found exposed from the eroding cliffs. The coastguard was called to the area three times in just one week over concerns ...

  • India: Police in Deoghar seize detonators, gelatin sticks, other explosives

    June 25, 2020

    Deoghar police seized over 2175 detonators, 88574 gelatin sticks, 15,000 electronic detonators, 98750 electronic detectors, two Bolero pick up vans, one Maruti 800 and others explosives in Sirsiya hills within limits of Khaga police station in Deoghar, said Deoghar SP Piyush Pandey. Police said while the explosives found in Sirsiya hills were being used for illegal ...

  • Afghanistan: Six Civilians Killed in Mine Blast in Jawzjan

    June 24, 2020

    Six civilians were killed on Wednesday in a roadside mine blast in Jawzjan province, local official said. Marouf Azar, spokesman for Jawzjan governor, said the incident occurred in Farok Qala village of Muradyan district when a rickshaw was hit by mine. Two children and woman are among the dead and one other child was wounded in the ...

  • Cambodia: New project to advance Kingdom’s mine-free goal

    June 24, 2020

    The Mine Advisory Group on Monday inked an agreement with the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority to facilitate the operation of a two-year project on information management development in mine-clearance action. The assistance aims to support the Kingdom in making headway towards its goal of being a mine-free nation by 2025. During the signing ...

  • UK: Girl, 13, is injured as explosives detonate in street and police keep ‘open mind’ on whether blast is terror-related

    June 24, 2020

    A 13-year-old girl was injured after explosives detonated on a residential street – with police keeping an ‘open mind’ about whether the incident was terror related. Neighbours said they heard two blasts ring out just after midnight on the road in Tipton, West Midlands, leading to a huge emergency services response. The injured girl was taken to ...

  • 8 killed in explosion in NE Syria

    June 24, 2020

    A booby-trapped vehicle went off in a Turkey-controlled area in Syria’s northeastern province of Hasakah on Tuesday, killing eight people, a war monitor reported. The vehicle exploded in a marketplace in the city of Ras al-Ayn in the countryside of Hasakah, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The UK-based watchdog group said in an earlier report ...

  • Philippines: Tip-off leads Army to NPA landmine depot in Agusan Sur

    June 24, 2020

    A tip-off from Agusan del Sur villagers led government troops to a depot of bomb-making materials and ammunition belonging to the communist New People’s Army (NPA), a military official said Wednesday. The troops recovered the bomb-making materials and ammunition in the hinterland village of Maasin, Esperanza town, Agusan del Sur on Tuesday morning, said 1Lt. Roel ...

  • European Union Terrorism Situation And Trend Report (TE-SAT) 2020

    June 23, 2020

    Terrorists’ ultimate goal is to undermine our societies and our democratic political systems. Terrorism generates fear, empowers political extremes and polarises societies.  Europol’s EU Terrorism Situation and Trend report (TE-SAT), pulls together facts and figures on terrorist attacks and arrests in the EU in 2019: A total of 119 foiled, failed and completed terrorist attacks were reported ...

  • Afghanistan: 3 Army Soldiers Killed in Badghis Car Bomb Explosion

    June 23, 2020

    At least three members of the Afghan National Army were killed in a car bomb attack by the Taliban in the western province of Badghis on Sunday evening, an army commander said on Monday. The incident happened in Bala Murghab district in Badghis when a Taliban suicide bomber detonated a humvee laden with explosives near an ...

  • UK: Cambridgeshire police share moment bomb squad explode grenade

    June 23, 2020

    Police have released footage of a grenade exploding after it was found on a construction site. The controlled explosion happened early on Tuesday, June 23. Cambridgeshire Constabulary were called to Hampton Water just after 9am when the grenade was found. Officers and the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team attended the scene before the controlled explosion was carried out. Police ...

  • Statement by UNSMIL Welcoming Establishment of Fact-Finding Mission to Libya

    June 23, 2020

    TRIPOLI, 23 June 2020 – The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) welcomes the establishment of an international Fact-Finding Mission to Libya (FFML), pursuant to a resolution adopted yesterday by the Human Rights Council. Welcoming the establishment of the FFML, Acting Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Libya, Stephanie Williams, said, “This mission ...

  • Civilian Killed in Attack on Turkey Military Training Center in Somalia

    June 23, 2020

    One person was killed, and two others were injured after a suicide bomber blew himself up near the Turkey-Somalia military training academy in Mogadishu on Tuesday, witnesses and officials say. The incident occurred outside a primary school supported by the academy, according to witnesses. The bomber, strapped with a suicide vest, tried to join a line of military cadets outside the military training ...

  • Pennsylvania: Police searching for person of interest in planting of explosive device in Lancaster City

    June 23, 2020

    A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered by Lancaster County Crime Stoppers for information leading to the arrest of a person of interest Lancaster City Police believe planted an improvised explosive device at City Hall. On Saturday, May 30, 2020, police say a Lancaster City maintenance employee located two improvised explosive devices in the ...

  • UK: Devon family use unexploded military shell as ‘doorstop’ for 30 years

    June 23, 2020

    A Devon family’s doorstop had to be detonated by a bomb squad after it turned out to be an antique military shell. Police were called to an address in Teignmouth after one of the family members raised concerns about the object, which had been used as a doorstop for more than 30 years. Officers attended but had ...

  • UK: St Paul’s bomb plotter encouraged attacks by others, court told

    June 22, 2020

    A Muslim convert and supporter of Islamic State who plotted to bomb St Paul’s Cathedral and a nearby hotel also encouraged others to launch similar attacks, a court has been told. Safiyya Amira Shaikh, 37, from Hayes, west London, has admitted preparing terrorist acts and disseminating terrorist publications. At a sentencing hearing at the Old Bailey, Alison ...

  • Philippines: IED explodes as Maguindanao mayor’s vehicle drives past

    June 22, 2020

    Mayor Reynalbert Insular of South Upi town, Maguindanao survived a bomb attack Monday, his second in about two years. The roadside bomb went off while Insular and his escorts were passing by a dirt road behind the South Upi town hall in Barangay Romongaob in their black Mitsubishi Pajero. South Upi is the site of deadly land ...

  • IEDs Can Still Stop the U.S. Military in a War

    June 22, 2020

    They claimed thousands of lives, dismembered soldiers, derailed advancing attacks and destroyed combat vehicles under enemy fire all while U.S. soldiers searched for and attacked violent insurgents. They are IEDs, a persistent and lethal threat to U.S. forces which, perhaps surprisingly to some, continue to pose a serious risk as the U.S. pivots to great-power competition. During ...