News – June 2023


  • Mexico: Suspected car bomb explodes in the city of Celaya amid cartel turf war

    June 30, 2023

    An apparent booby trap or car bomb has exploded in a cartel-dominated Mexican city, wounding several officers of the country’s National Guard who approached the vehicle to inspect it. The National Guard said on Thursday that the explosion occurred late Wednesday in the city of Celaya, in the north-central state of Guanajuato, where the Jalisco and ...

  • Washington: Tennis ball rigged with fuse leads bomb squad to man’s truck

    June 30, 2023

    A driver found a tennis ball rigged with a fuse in his truck, prompting a bomb squad response in Washington, troopers said. The man was driving to get an estimate for a shattered window on June 29, Washington State Patrol Trooper Rick Johnson said in a tweet. At about 6:30 p.m., he saw a “tennis ball ...

  • Washington DC: Man wanted on January 6-related charges arrested with guns and bomb making materials

    June 30, 2023

    A man with numerous firearms and materials to make an explosive was arrested Thursday in former President Barack Obama’s Washington, DC, neighborhood after claiming on an internet livestream that he had a detonator, law enforcement officials told CNN. Taylor Taranto, who had an open warrant for his arrest related to the January 6, 2021, US Capitol ...

  • Broad Town prepares for explosive fun with Felix Festival!

    June 28, 2023

    Broad Town, Swindon – The time has come for the Felix Festival, an event to benefit military personnel and their families. Felix Fund presents the Felix Festival 2023, taking place at the Hop Chapel located at the Broadtown Brewery, Broad Town, SN4 7RB. This is an exciting event, especially since it’s the first time happening since ...

  • Boko Haram brings IEDs back to Cameroon

    June 27, 2023

    Boko Haram’s return to using improvised explosive devices (IEDs) is a major worry for Cameroon’s Far North Region. Until recently, the region hadn’t recorded any major bomb attacks since 8 January 2021, when 15 people were killed in Mozogo. But on 21 March this year, a vehicle belonging to the Rapid Intervention Battalion was hit ...

  • US Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal techs train with Charlotte Police Bomb Squad

    June 27, 2023

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. – U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians honed their lifesaving skills together with the police bomb squad in Charlotte, North Carolina. Army EOD techs from the Fort Liberty, North Carolina-based 18th Ordnance Company (EOD) trained with their civilian law enforcement counterparts in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Bomb Squad. The training involved six U.S. Army ...

  • UNAMA report records heavy toll on Afghan civilians by IED attacks

    June 27, 2023

    Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) remain a significant concern in Afghanistan – despite an overall decline in civilian casualties since the Taliban takeover – characterized by a rise in attacks on places of worship and against the minority Hazara community, a United Nations report released today shows. Of 3,774 civilian casualties between 15 August 2021 and 30 ...

  • Estonia should consider using anti-personnel mines – Kunnas

    June 27, 2023

    Estonia should consider introducing anti-personnel mines in its national defense program, said Leo Kunnas (EKRE), deputy chairman of the Riigikogu’s National Defense Committee, on Monday. Anti-personnel mines are banned in all European countries. “While during the previous Riigikogu session, we argued about participation in the Ottawa Convention , there is still no ...

  • The Future of Warfare Lies Underground: How Armies Are Training to Fight in Caves, Tunnels, and Sewers

    June 27, 2023

    One of the oldest battlefields in the history of warfare is back. The U.S. Army recently took part in an underground training exercise, called Exercise Warrior Shield, in March earlier this year. Soldiers practiced subterranean warfare tactics at training facilities in South Korea, including breaching entrances to underground buildings. This type of subsurface exercise is increasingly ...

  • 50 years since US troops left Vietnam, bombs continue to kill

    June 26, 2023

    Ho Sy Bay, 62, was rummaging around in his garden in central Vietnam when he struck something harder than sand or soil. Cautiously, he brushed aside the surrounding dirt and realised he was staring at an unexploded missile. Although Sy was unsure if the fuse was still intact, he picked up the bomb and placed it ...

  • Afghanistan: Security forces seize weapons and ammunition in Paktika

    June 26, 2023

    According to a statement released by the General Directorate of Intelligence (GDI) on Monday, Afghan security forces in the country’s eastern Paktika province have confiscated significant weapons and ammunition. The confiscated weapons and ammunition, according to the statement, include thousands of bullets and explosive devices, 35 rocket shells, four mines, 14 hand grenades, and some other ...

  • Northern Ireland: Woman admits having dozens of balaclavas and bomb making instructions

    June 26, 2023

    A woman has admitted having dozens of balaclavas and bomb making instructions for a terrorist purpose. Standing in the dock of Antrim Crown Court 53-year-old Jennifer Lennox, from Main Street in Portglenone, also admitted having more than 100 rounds of two different types of ammunition under suspicious circumstances on November 15 2021. Read more… Source: The Irish News  

  • MCBH Hosts Joint EOD Symposium

    June 26, 2023

    To preserve valuable lessons learned from across the explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) enterprise and foster increased collaboration among EOD teams, Marine Corps Base Hawaii hosted the annual Joint EOD Symposium this month. Led by U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Joseph Hockett, the Explosive Ordnance Disposal occupational field manager and action officer for the joint EOD program, ...

  • Maryland: Overturned tanker carrying ammonium nitrate force businesses to evacuate

    June 26, 2023

    A tanker truck carrying potentially explosive ammonium nitrate has overturned on a Maryland highway – sparking mass evacuations. The truck carrying the materials tipped over on the southbound side of Interstate 81 in Hagerstown, about an hour west of Baltimore. Authorities have asked businesses within 1,500 feet of the scene to evacuate and the road will ...

  • UK: Arrests made and alleged ‘improvised explosive devices’ found after ‘explosion’ in South Shields

    June 26, 2023

    Arrests have been made after a number of alleged “improvised explosive devices” were found following reports of an explosion in South Shields. Police were called to an address on St Aidan’s Road on Sunday afternoon after reports of an explosion and a man and woman were arrested after suspicious items were discovered. Bomb disposal experts also ...

  • India: Security forces seized mortar shells and neutralised IED in Manipur

    June 26, 2023

    Twelve bunkers have been destroyed in Manipur and six mortar shells seized during search operations by security forces in the last 24 hours in Tamenglong, Imphal East, Bishnupur, Kangpokpi, Kakching and Churachandpur districts, police said on Sunday night. During the search operations, three 51 mm and as many 84 mm mortar shells were found in a ...

  • UK pledges continued assistance to Nigeria

    June 25, 2023

    The UK government has pledged its willingness to continue to support Nigeria in its fight against insecurity. British High Commissioner to Nigeria Richard Montgomery stated this during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. Montgomery, who spoke on the defence relations his government shared with Nigeria, said: “We have very long-standing defence ...

  • Pakistan: Fatal explosions in Bannu leave one dead and 12 injured

    June 25, 2023

    In a tragic incident in Bannu city of southern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, a series of hand grenade explosions claimed the life of one person and left 12 others injured. The explosions occurred during the early hours of Sunday when two hand grenades were thrown at the residence of local resident Zia ur-Rahman, according to the police. Read more… Source: ...

  • Pakistan: Female suicide bomber kills one police officer and wounds five others in Turbat

    June 24, 2023

    A suicide bomber struck in southwestern Pakistan on Saturday, killing at least one police and wounding five others in an attempt to target a paramilitary convoy, an official said. Authorities recovered the remains of a female bomber following the explosion in the southwestern city of Turbat, said Bashir Ahmed, a top administrative officer. Jeeyand Baloch, spokesman ...

  • UK: Rotherham man charged with possession of explosive substance

    June 24, 2023

    A Rotherham man with appear before Sheffield Magistrates’ Court charged with possession of an explosive substance. Brett Ainley, 41, of Treefield Close in Wingfield is charged with possession of an explosive substance following a warrant at his property yesterday (23 June) 2023. During the warrant officers seized believed to be explosive devices. Read more… Source: South Yorkshire Police  

  • Yemen: A citizen was martyred in a cluster bomb explosion in Sana’a province

    June 24, 2023

    The Executive Center for Mine Action has announced that the citizen was martyred due to a cluster bomb explosion from the remnants of the aggression in Nihm district of Sana’a province, according to a brief statement released on Friday. Read more… Source: Al Khabar News  

  • Israel: Police footage shows moment troops targeted by Jenin roadside bomb

    June 23, 2023

    Police on Friday published footage from an operation in the West Bank city of Jenin earlier this week, during which Israeli troops were targeted by a large roadside bomb. The explosive device heavily damaged a Panther armored personnel carrier (APC) and caused seven soldiers and Border Police officers light-to-moderate injuries. Gunmen affiliated with the Palestinian Islamic ...

  • UNODC World Drug Report 2023 warns of converging crises as illicit drug markets continue to expand

    June 23, 2023

    Continued record illicit drug supply and increasingly agile trafficking networks are compounding intersecting global crises and challenging health services and law enforcement responses, according to the World Drug Report 2023 launched by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) today. New data put the global estimate of people who inject drugs in 2021 at ...

  • Addressing mine ban treaty challenges: New contamination and compliance

    June 23, 2023

    The annual Intersessional Meetings of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpile, Production, and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on Their Destruction (aka Ottawa Convention, AP Mine Ban Convention, or Mine Ban Treaty) closed on 21 June in Geneva with more than 450 delegates representing 91 States and 60 international and non-governmental organisations ...