News – June 2020


  • 3 police killed in bomb explosion in W. Afghanistan

    June 21, 2020

    Three police officers were killed and three others wounded in a bomb blast in Afghanistan’s western Herat province on Sunday, local police said. “Three Afghan National Police (ANP) members were killed and three others wounded in an improvised bomb explosion along Herat-Islam Qala highway in Kohsan district Sunday morning,” the provincial police department said in a ...

  • New Zealand gives $3.8M to Cambodia for clearance of landmines

    June 21, 2020

    New Zealand has awarded Cambodia a NZ$5.9 million ($3.8 million) grant to assist mine-clearing operations for six years in Battambang, Banteay Meanchey and Pailin provinces. The grant coincided with Pailin authorities clearing 10 MD82B landmines in Pramay Kha commune in Pailin town on Saturday. Senior Minister in charge of Special Missions and secretary-general of the Cambodian Mine ...

  • UK: Man is charged with making a weapon and explosives after police raided house in Southampton

    June 21, 2020

    A man has been charged after he was caught by police making a weapon and explosives in his home. Officers found Pascal Knorr-Gulde, 47, making the devices during a raid of his home in Southampton, Hampshire. Neighbouring homes on Bond Road were evacuated following the discovery and the entire area was searched as a precaution Mr Knorr-Gulde was ...

  • Philippines: Basilan villagers alert Army to IEDs along roadside

    June 21, 2020

    Alert residents helped the military find and neutralize bombs that the Abu Sayyaf Group is believed to have left in Ungkaya Pukan town, Basilan. Brig. Gen. Fernando Reyeg, Joint Task Force Basilan (JTFB) and 101st Infantry Brigade commander, said troops sent its explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) team to deal with improvised explosive devices along the road ...

  • Guard unit that lost EOD troop in Afghanistan faced ‘funding constraints’ and ‘time-consuming request process’

    June 20, 2020

    An investigation into the 2018 death of an Army EOD tech in Helmand province, Afghanistan, found that his unit faced equipping and funding issues prior to deployment, but the company command team went to great lengths to resolve those problems before arriving downrange. The investigation also noted that U.S. troops out of Camp Dwyer in Garmsir district had patrolled in the ...

  • Several Syrian Army soldiers killed in bus bombing in eastern Daraa

    June 20, 2020

    Dozens of Syrian Arab Army (SAA) soldiers were targeted by a roadside bomb in the eastern countryside of the Daraa Governorate on Saturday. According to a report from the governorate, a bus carrying 40 soldiers was targeted by an improvised explosive device (IED) as it was travelling along the Kahlil Al-Sahwa Road in eastern Daraa. The report ...

  • Prominent Afghan writer’s wife and daughter killed in Kabul explosion

    June 20, 2020

    An explosion in Kabul city killed a prominent Afghan writer’s wife and daughter while leaving several others others wounded including the writer himself, the security official said. Officials in Kabul Police Headquarters said the explosion in Paghman area of Kabul killed the wife and daughter of Asadullah Walwalji, one of the prominent writers of the country. The ...

  • AMISOM Uganda Commander impressed by troop morale

    June 20, 2020

    The Contingent Commander of Uganda troops serving under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), Brig. Gen. Richard Otto on Thursday visited Ugandan soldiers based in the coastal town of Baraawe in Lower Shabelle region, about 208 km from Mogadishu. Interacting with the soldiers in Baraawe, the headquarters of Uganda’s Battle Group Twenty-Nine (BG XXIX), Gen. ...

  • Philippine Police Catch Suspected Abu Sayyaf Bomb Expert

    June 19, 2020

    An alleged Abu Sayyaf bomb expert involved in an audacious attack at the House of Representatives that killed seven people in 2007, including a congressman, has been arrested in a raid in the southern Philippines, police said Friday. The suspect, identified as Kahar Indama (also known as Khang), is a relative of Furuji Indama, the Abu ...

  • Ohio: ATF, EPD bomb squad find explosives and booby traps in Evansville home

    June 19, 2020

    The bomb squad and federal agents found booby traps, materials to make explosives and an explosive device in an Evansville home, police said. Special agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives were contacted by detectives with the Evansville Police Department Bomb Squad after they received information that an Evansville man may have explosives. On Thursday, two ...

  • UK: YouTuber jailed for bomb threat to Birmingham hospital in first week of lockdown

    June 18, 2020

    A YouTuber has been jailed for 12 weeks after making a bomb threat in the first week of lockdown to an NHS trust dealing with coronavirus patients. Matthew Wain, 31, posted video of himself phoning in the threat about Birmingham City Hospital, in which he told an emergency worker he would “bomb the place, to be ...

  • IATA Launches Aviation Security Intelligence Portal

    June 18, 2020

    Geneva – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) launched the Security Risk Intelligence Portal (SRIP)—an incident reporting tool to help airlines mitigate and manage security risks. The portal also includes the latest state and airport restrictions and requirements imposed as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. SRIP was developed to improve real-time information-sharing among airlines, airports ...

  • UK DASA: Countering Drones – Finding and neutralising small UAS threats – Phase 2

    June 18, 2020

    This Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) competition is seeking proposals that can develop the technology needed to counter Unmanned Air Systems (C-UAS) and demonstrate how these can be integrated together to form a capable system. Please note this is the second phase of funding for a multi-phase competition. It is not compulsory to have been involved ...

  • UK: Eastleigh boy, 14, in court over homemade bombs plot

    June 18, 2020

    A 14-year-old boy has appeared in court accused of trying to make homemade bombs containing shrapnel. The teenager, from Eastleigh, was arrested on Friday after concerns were raised by social services. He appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court charged with one count of preparation of a terrorist act. The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is thought ...

  • Ireland: Nine people arrested in garda operation targeting criminal gangs

    June 17, 2020

    Nine people have been arrested by gardai targeting organised criminality in Limerick. More than 170 gardai were involved in carrying out over 60 searches of properties on Wednesday across counties Limerick, Clare and Tipperary. As part of Operation Coronation, gardai from the Criminal Assets Bureau, Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau, the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the ...

  • Indiana: Deputy shoots suspect tossing explosives during car chase

    June 17, 2020

    A wanted man tossing explosive devices from a car during a police chase led to an officer-involved shooting in Indiana, police say. A 911 caller told police a suspicious man was “knocking vigorously” on the door of a home early Wednesday morning in Clay County in western Indiana, according to state police. The man had left before cops ...

  • UK: Second World War bombs found and safely detonated in Great Hollands, Berkshire

    June 17, 2020

    Bombs from the Second World War were detonated in Great Hollands yesterday, after they were found in a resident’s garage. The bombs, technically British mortar tips from the Second World War, were discovered and taken home by the resident in Holbeck, Great Hollands, Bracknell, after finding them with a metal detector on the beach. Following this, Thames ...

  • Supporting Vulnerable Groups in Colombia

    June 17, 2020

    As a humanitarian organisation HALO’s mission is to protect lives and restore the livelihoods of those communities affected by conflict, especially by landmines and other explosive ordnance. In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic we have sought to continue to support these communities, even though clearance has taken a necessary break during the national quarantine ...

  • Suspect in Minneapolis police station burning arrested in Breckenridge

    June 16, 2020

    The Breckenridge Police Department assisted federal agencies in arresting a suspected arsonist out of Minneapolis last weekend. Dylan Shakespeare Robinson, 22, of Brainerd, Minnesota, is one of at least two suspects wanted for allegedly setting fire to a Minneapolis police station May 28, just three days after the death of George Floyd sparked widespread protests throughout ...

  • Angola: INAD destroys 49 explosive devices

    June 16, 2020

    At least forty-nine undetonated explosive devices were collected and destroyed in Huila province by the National Institute of Demining (INAD) during the last six months, 12 more than in the same period of 2019., Speaking to Angop on Monday, Tomás Calundungo, head of the INAD Provincial Services Department in Huila, said the devices were collected in ...