News – March 2016


Seven Police Killed By Diyarbakir Car Bomb
March 31, 2016
A statement from the police and the local governor’s office said 27 people had also been wounded in the explosion near a bus terminal.

Future Forces Forum – an important event in the field of defence and security, Prague, Czech Republic
March 31, 2016
This October, Prague will traditionally become the venue of a meeting of domestic and foreign defence and security leaders on the occasion of Future Forces Forum (FFF).

Paris: Man Charged Over ‘Imminent’ Attack
March 30, 2016
French authorities have charged a terror suspect after finding an arsenal of weapons and explosives which they say pointed to an “imminent” attack.

Around 20 Islamic State recruiters arrested in Moscow
March 30, 2016
Around 20 Islamic State followers were arrested in Moscow trying to recruit new fighters for the group, Russia’s RIA news agency cited a security source as saying on Wednesday.

Police officer killed in car-blast at check-point in southern Russia
March 30, 2016
A policeman has been killed and another injured, after they tried to stop a suspicious car at a check-point in Dagestan in the Caucasus, Russia.

Roadside Bomb Hits Police Convoy in Russia’s Dagestan
March 29, 2016
Two vehicles in a convoy of Russian interior troops were destroyed Tuesday near the capital of Dagestan, Makhachkala, as a result of an explosion caused by a roadside bomb.


Landmine explosion kills 5 soldiers in east Egypt
March 27, 2016
Five soldiers were killed and another seven injured Saturday when their vehicle struck a landmine in Egypt’s southeastern Red Sea governorate, according to a local medical source.


Russia says it will help demine Syria’s Palmyra
March 27, 2016
President Vladimir Putin has told the head of UNESCO that Russia will make strong efforts to help remove mines from Palmyra, the ancient city in Syria that has been retaken by government forces after being held by militants of the Islamic State group.


Taliban Suicide Bomber Kills Dozens In Pakistan
March 27, 2016
A suicide bomber linked to the Taliban has killed at least 65 people and wounded more than 200 others outside a park in Pakistan’s eastern city of Lahore.

Islamic State claims suicide bombing on football stadium in Iraq that killed 29
March 26, 2016
A suicide bomber blew himself up in a soccer stadium south of the Iraqi capital on Friday, killing 29 people and wounding 60, security officials said, as the military announced new gains on the ground against the Islamic State group.


Iraqi town Taza ‘hit in IS chemical attack’ appeals for help
March 25, 2016
It is the smell that you notice first of all – a bitter mixture of egg and cucumber that hangs in the air, and burns your nose and throat.

Terror Suspect Linked To Paris Ringleader
March 25, 2016
A man arrested near Paris and suspected of plotting a terror attack was convicted in Belgium last year along with the ringleader of the November atrocities in the French capital.

War on terror taking a toll on bomb dog supply
March 25, 2016
The now ubiquitous surveillance image of the Brussels suicide bombers strolling through the airport corridor is enough to instill fear in anyone with plans to fly.

Brussels Attacks: UK Police Appeal for Images & Footage
March 22, 2016
Following this morning’s attacks in Brussels, police are appealing for any UK nationals or media who were in Brussels and may have images or footage of the incidents to come forward and assist the investigation.

Ambassador: Belgium was ‘working like hell’ prior to Brussels attack after terror threat signs found
March 22, 2016
Johan Verbeke, Belgium’s ambassador to the United States, told reporters that prior to Tuesday’s attack in Brussels, his country had been “working like hell” after receiving information of a possible upcoming terrorist strike.


Facebook activates ‘Safety Check’ in Brussels after terror attacks
March 22, 2016
Facebook has activated its “Safety Check” feature in Brussels, following a series of terror attacks across the city.


Deadly Attacks Hit Brussels Airport And Metro
March 22, 2016
At least 34 people have been killed and more than 200 injured after a terrorist suicide attack ripped through Zaventem Airport in Brussels and another blast hit a city metro station.

The EU crisis of law enforcement cooperation
March 22, 2016
There is robust literature on the evolving perceptions of European Union (EU) intelligence cooperation to tackle the challenges of national security, and threats posed by homegrown extremist organisations.

Army detonates roadside bomb in Maguindanao, Philippines
March 22, 2016
Army bomb experts on Tuesday detonated a roadside bomb that bandits planted along a stretch of the national highway passing through Maguindanao’s Datu Unsay town.


Burner phones, not encryption, kept Paris terrorists off the authorities’ radar
March 21, 2016
New details of the Paris attacks carried out last November reveal that it was the consistent use of prepaid burner phones, not encryption, that helped keep the terrorists off the radar of the intelligence services.

Paris attacks accomplice whose DNA found on suicide vests identified
March 21, 2016
Police have identified a fugitive accomplice in the Paris attacks whose DNA was found on suicide belts used by the Isil jihadists during the attacks that killed 130, Belgian prosecutors announced on Monday.

Facial recognition coming to the forefront of biometric modalities
March 21, 2016
Facial recognition is growing in popularity among biometric forms of authentication.

Suicide bomber detonates hand grenade inside Belgrade bakery
March 21, 2016
A suicide bomber has detonated a hand grenade inside a bakery in Belgrade, Serbia, the country’s Ministry of Internal Affairs has confirmed. Ambulance crews and police are at the scene.

Sloppy job in screening led to cargo ban
March 21, 2016
False entries made by an airport screener on the list of checked goods and a casual smoke break taken by another one were the last straw for the UK monitoring team, leading to the temporary ban on Dhaka-London direct air cargo.


Special forces and police are on standby to battle up to TEN simultaneous terror attacks on London
March 20, 2016
Special forces and police have been put on standby to battle up to 10 simultaneous terror attacks on London.

West Bengal: Crude bombs recovered from Murshidabad house, woman held
March 20, 2016
Acting on a tip off, police recovered at least 20 crude bombs on Sunday from a house at Harishchandrapur village under Bharatpur Police Station area in West Bengal’s Murshidabad district, officials said.


Egypt: Militants Kill 13 Police at Sinai Checkpoint
March 19, 2016
Islamist militants killed at least 13 policemen Saturday in an attack on a checkpoint in the Sinai Peninsula, Egyptian authorities said.


Four Killed In Istanbul Suicide Bombing
March 19, 2016
Four people have been killed, including the attacker, after a suicide bombing on Istanbul’s main shopping street, the city’s governor has said.

Colombian land mines unearthed by ground-penetrating radar
March 18, 2016
Ground-penetrating radar systems are being used to detect land mines in Columbia far more effectively than with traditional methods.

Peshawar bomb kills at least 16 on bus for Pakistani government officials
March 16, 2016
At least 16 people have been killed and dozens wounded when a bomb ripped through a bus carrying Pakistan government workers through one of the main commercial markets of Peshawar.

Suicide attack kills 22 in Borno mosque
March 16, 2016
A suicide bomb attack has occurred at a mosque in Molai-Umarari village, behind the Molai Hospital, on the outskirts of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, at about 5am on Wednesday during Muslim early morning prayers.


ISIS attack near key east Libya oil field
March 15, 2016
Suspected Islamic State militants staged an attack on a water plant about 80km (50 miles) from the major Sarir oil field in eastern Libya late on Monday, plant officials and an oil facilities guard said.


Car explodes in central Berlin, 1 dead, police suspect a bomb
March 15, 2016
A car has exploded in central Berlin on Tuesday morning, leaving at least one person dead, local media report. Police suspect that an explosive was inside the vehicle, but are not certain about the exact cause of the blast.

Homeland security experts gear up for Milipol Qatar 2016
March 14, 2016
Biennial exhibition and conference set to take place in Doha from 31 Oct – 2 Nov 2016.


Ankara Car Bombing Kills At Least 27 People
March 13, 2016
At least 27 people have been killed and 75 wounded in a car bombing in Turkey’s capital, the local governor’s office has said.

Teen Girls Accused Of Concert Hall Attack Plot
March 12, 2016
Two teenage girls have been charged in France with allegedly plotting to attack a Paris concert hall four months after the city’s massacre.


Bronx man charged with failed homemade car bombing
March 11, 2016
Richard Laugel, 36, was arraigned Friday for planting a homemade bomb onto a car in Pelham Bay last week, officials said.

EU wants to give police greater digital access
March 10, 2016
The European Commission is set to propose expanding police access to sensitive digital data, including details of financial transactions made inside the EU and biometric data of asylum seekers.


Malaysian police detonate suspected improvised explosive device found in Kuala Lumpur
March 9, 2016
Police in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday (Mar 9) detonated two suspected plastic bottles that were believed to be part of an improvised explosive device, the Star newspaper reported.

Poisonous war: Low-tech chemical rockets become growing IS threat
March 8, 2016
The men stationed in the devastated town of Sinjar in northern Iraq had just finished lunch when they were startled by a swooshing sound from above.


Priest Pleads Guilty To Providing Explosive Material To East Windsor Teen
March 8, 2016
A priest who used to serve two parishes in East Windsor pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to a felony charge of willfully distributing explosive material to a person younger than 21.

Launch of international awareness campaign #TogetherAgainstMines
March 7, 2016
The Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining GICHD has launched a worldwide awareness campaign under the hashtag #TogetherAgainstMines leading up to the International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action on April 4, 2016.

Amsterdam: Successful Kick-Off of 2016 NCT Event Series
March 7, 2016
For the first time, both NCT CBRNe and eXplosive Europe joined to bring together the CBRNe and EOD communities.


ISIL assembly lines mass producing IEDs
March 6, 2016
Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) is manufacturing IEDs on an “industrial scale,” according to investigators.

Explosive detonated in Zanzibar
March 5, 201
LAW enforcers in Zanzibar are investigating a “suspicious explosive” that went off on Friday night at Michenzani-Mwembekisonge, police said.


Second viable explosive device found in Belfast
March 5, 2016
Police have found a second viable explosive device in a residential street in west Belfast.

Belfast Bomb: Another Attack ‘Highly Likely’
March 4, 2016
Northern Ireland police are warning that another attack is “highly likely” after a prison officer was seriously injured by a car bomb in Belfast.

Afghanistan: Suicide attack at Indian consulate in Jalalabad leaves two civilians dead
March 2, 2016
At least two people were killed as a group of suicide attackers targeted the Indian consulate in the Afghan city of Jalalabad.

Iraq’s Interior Minister on why state corruption is helping the murderous campaign of Isis
March 1, 2016
With the jihadis able to bomb Baghdad and elsewhere with apparent impunity, Mohammed al-Ghabban tells Patrick Cockburn that it is a legacy of the country’s bloated bureaucracy and pervasive bribery.