News – June 2020


  • Philippines: Relentless AFP ops lead to surrender of 47 NPA rebels, supporters

    June 8, 2020

    Around 47 members and supporters of the New People’s Army (NPA) voluntarily surrendered earlier this month due to severe pressure from military operations and the hardships of always being on the run. In a statement Sunday, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) public affairs office chief Navy Capt. Jonathan Zata said the Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom) ...

  • Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) Fire Investigators Need Help Regarding Dangerous Explosive – video

    June 7, 2020

    Portland Fire & Rescue Fire (PF&R) Investigators and Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Detectives are investigating an explosive device that was thrown over the fence at MCSO deputies in front of the 3rd ave. side of the Justice Center late Saturday night. Two deputies reported concussion injuries due to the explosion. They were evaluated by ...

  • Police Targeted With ‘Improvised Explosives’ During Tense Seattle Protests

    June 7, 2020

    Seattle police said they were targeted with “improvised explosives” during at-times tense protests in the city on June 6. The Seattle Police Department posted on Twitter that several officers were injured due to explosives, and said people also threw rocks and bottles at 11th and Pine after moving barricades despite requests to stop. Eyewitnesses also reported explosions ...

  • California: Santa Cruz Deputy Killed, Another Wounded In Ben Lomond Ambush

    June 7, 2020

    A veteran Santa Cruz County Sheriff Deputy was killed and a second was severely injured by an improvised explosive device Saturday during “an ambush” in the Santa Cruz Mountains. A grief-stricken Santa Cruz County Sheriff Jim Hart said the dead deputy was 38-year-old Sgt. Damon Gutzwiller, who had been with the department since 2006 and was ...

  • Turkey captures terrorist preparing to target civilians in Tal Abyad, Syria

    June 7, 2020

    Turkey’s Ministry of National Defense announced on Sunday that security forces have captured a PKK/YPG terrorist who was planning to target civilians in Tal Abyad, Syria. In a statement on Twitter, the ministry said that the terrorist was prepared to attack civilians through a bomb-laden motorcycle. An improvised explosive device and a mine was destroyed after being ...

  • Norway continues to support demining activities in Cambodia

    June 6, 2020

    The Government of Norway through Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) confirmed its commitment to continue supporting Cambodia’s mine clearance efforts by providing $5 million for the next four years. The assistance was made known by Mr. Zlatko Vezillic, Programme Manager for NPA’s Cambodia’s Mine Action and Disarmament programme while paying a farewell visit to Cambodian Senior Minister ...

  • NE Syria: Bomb attack kills 2 civilians in Ras al-Ayn

    June 5, 2020

    Two civilians were killed in a bomb attack in northeastern Syria, security sources said Friday. An explosives-laden car detonated in the town of Ras al-Ayn, wounding five other civilians, according to the sources who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media. Local security forces suspect the YPG/PKK terror group may be ...

  • Southeast Asia’s Overlooked Foreign Fighter Problem

    June 5, 2020

    The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) continues to confront a dilemma: what to do with the fighters accused of fleeing to Syria to join the Islamic State. To the extent that this issue gets any airtime in English-language press, the focus tends to be on the 800 or so European fighters and their families. But English-language outlets tend ...

  • Estonia: Tallinn resident sentenced to 7 years for collecting explosives at home

    June 5, 2020

    Harju County Court on Friday sentenced a resident of Tallinn’s Õismäe District to seven years and six months in prison for collecting a large amount of explosives at his apartment. The court is settling the criminal case under compromise procedure, according to which the defendant, 46-year-old Urmas Piht, was sentenced to seven years and six months ...

  • Nigeria: How explosion killed nine-year-old child of suspected Boko Haram member

    June 5, 2020

    A nine-year-old boy was on Monday killed and his teenage brother injured by an explosive device they had taken to an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp in Maiduguri, Borno State for their father. The kids had taken the device from Bama on the instruction of their father who is a suspected member of Boko Haram. The incident ...

  • Pennsylvania: Man Accused Of Leaving Backpack Of Explosives In Downtown Pittsburgh

    June 4, 2020

    Pittsburgh police and ATF agents searched the home of a man accused of leaving explosives next to a downtown Pittsburgh building. Matthew Michanowicz, 52, is charged with possessing weapons of mass destruction and possession of explosive or incendiary materials or devices. According to police, Michanowicz was seen riding up to PNC Plaza on a bike with a ...

  • UK: Masts to be cut from Thames Estuary wreck packed with explosives

    June 4, 2020

    The masts are set to be cut from a wartime shipwreck in the Thames Estuary that is packed with 1,400 tonnes of explosives. Cargo ship SS Richard Montgomery was anchored in Sheerness, Kent, when it grounded and broke up in 1944. The wreck and its cargo is monitored round the clock by port authorities and protected by ...

  • Additional ATMs blown up in Philadelphia as police release video of suspects

    June 4, 2020

    Philadelphia police released new video Thursday of three suspects blowing up an ATM at a restaurant after warning a customer to leave. The suspects can be seen on video in the lobby of New Far East Palace Restaurant on Ruscomb Street in the city’s Logan section. It all started Tuesday night just before 11 p.m. Police said one ...

  • Explosion leaves 4 dead, wounded in Kabul

    June 4, 2020

    An explosion killed a civilian and wounded three others in Kabul earlier today, the security officials said. Officials in Kabul Police Headquarters confirmed that a roadside bomb went off in Qarabagh district earlier today, killing one civilian and wounding three others. The officials further added that the Taliban militants had planted the roadside bomb but the group ...

  • Virginia: Stockpile of explosives found in home of Valley man killed in NY police shootout

    June 4, 2020

    Federal and state officials found a stockpile of explosive devices on the property of a Shenandoah Valley man who was killed after a shootout with police on a New York highway last week. Last Friday, WHSV was there as Virginia State Police, local law enforcement agencies, and FBI agents searched one property owned by Joshua Blessed ...

  • FBI investigating reported homemade explosives in Tazewell County

    June 4, 2020

    Multiple witnesses are reporting the detonation of a homemade explosive device. The Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Virginia State Police and the FBI, are investigating an incident that occurred on Holy Road just outside of the Town of Richlands. During the next couple of days citizens may notice a large law enforcement presence and may ...

  • Assam: IED recovered at Bogapani, defused by army’s bomb squad

    June 3, 2020

    Security forces on Wednesday recovered an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) at Bogapani, which was wrapped in polythene. The IED was recovered from NH 36 and it was diffused by a bomb squad of the army from Dinjan. It is suspected that ULFA (I) had placed the IED at Bogapani to create panic among the locals. It may be ...

  • Pennsylvania: Explosive devices found in Lancaster after protests this week – police

    June 3, 2020

    A low-level explosive device that detonated in Lancaster this week has led authorities to urge residents to stay home and safe, as many are taking to the streets in solidarity of national protests against police brutality. Unplanned, or quickly-assembled protests have continued to take place in central Pennsylvania cities, including in Lancaster. Lancaster police are recommending extra ...

  • Top Jaish bombmaker killed, hunt for 2 missing car bombs in Kashmir is on

    June 3, 2020

    Fauji Bhai alias Abdul Rehman, a top bomb-maker Jaish-e-Mohammed, was among the three terrorists killed in an encounter with security forces in Kashmir’s Pulwama on Wednesday morning. The operation was conducted by a joint team of security personnel that had been tracking Fauji Bhai, also known as Ismail, who has also been linked to the car bomb intercepted ...

  • Roadside bomb kills nine civilians in southern Afghanistan

    June 3, 2020

    A roadside blast of an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan’s southern Kandahar province killed at least nine civilians, an official confirmed. Baheer Amadi, a spokesman for the provincial governor, told Anadolu Agency that the incident took place in the Arghistan district around noon local time when a passenger bus hit the improvised explosive device. He confirmed nine ...