News – March 2017

London Luton Airport is looking for specialist contractors/suppliers explosive detection systems
March 31, 2017
London Luton Airport is looking for specialist contractors / suppliers for the supply, servicing and maintenance of ‘Standard 3’ explosive detection systems to meet the future requirements and demands of LLA and the European ECAC and the Department for Transport (DfT) directive on Hold Baggage Screening technology by September 2018.

NATO delivers counter-IED equipment to Iraq
March 31, 2017
NATO delivered and demonstrated 160 sets of counter-IED equipment to Iraq’s Ministry of Interior on Sunday (26 March 2017). Financed by NATO’s Defence Capacity Building Trust Fund, the equipment is an important contribution to Iraq’s efforts to fight terrorism and protect civilians.

Intel Suggests Terrorists Got Airport Screening Equipment To Test Concealing Bombs
March 31, 2017
United States intelligence suggests terrorists have obtained airport security screening equipment to test the effectiveness of their ability to conceal explosives in laptops and other electronic devices.

Bomb near mosque in northwest Pakistan kills at least 22, wounds dozens
March 31, 2017
A bomb apparently targeting a mosque in Pakistan’s northwestern city of Parachinar killed at least 22 people on Friday and wounded dozens in an attack claimed by the Pakistani Taliban.

BPD to use Mideast conflicts as training to fight U.S. terror
March 30, 2017
War zones in Iraq and Afghanistan are the template for Boston’s fight against terrorists and other “bad actors,” according to a police plan to stage intense training to ready SWAT teams and bomb squads for threats that could “hit our shores in full force.”

IDEF’17 Will Open the Door Under the Auspices of The Presidency of the Republic of Turkey
March 30, 2017
One of the most important organization of Tukey, IDEF 13th International Defence Industry Fair will be held under the auspices of the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey and hosted by the Ministery of National Defence and under the management and responsibility of Turkish Armed Forces Foundation.

“Operation Twilight”: Militants killed in Sylhet hideout were ‘highly equipped and trained’
March 29, 2017
The militants at Atia Mahal were expert bomb makers and the Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) found in the Sylhet den were all homemade, investigators have said.

IEDs exploded, defused in Central Mindanao
March 28, 2017
The police detonated on Monday night an improvised explosive device (IED) under the Tamontaka Bridge, a major span in Cotabato City, a few hours after a powerful IED exploded in Maguindanao town.

Japan donates US $906,000 to Mine Action in South Sudan
March 29, 2017
The Government of Japan has contributed USD 906,000 for the mine action project “Humanitarian Mine Action in Support of Conflict Affected Communities in South Sudan.”

Security breach renders in-flight laptop ban useless
March 27, 2017
The airport which is the main target of the Government’s ban on electronic devices has a security flaw that renders rigorous checks futile, The Independent can reveal.

EOD technicians temper response skills
March 25, 2017
This is one scenario that members of the 379th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Flight faced during exercise “Vigilant Walrus,” a four-day exercise that consisted of various scenarios that tested EOD members’ skill, knowledge and endurance.

Syrian Doctor Killed By Chemical Weapon While Operating On Patient
March 25, 2017
A doctor was killed today by a chemical agent while operating on a patient. A barrel bomb with a chemical agent hit the front entrance of the Latamneh Hospital in Hama and entered causing severe respiratory and neurological injuries to many staff members.

Banning laptops at secure airports won’t keep aircraft safe from terror attacks
March 23, 2017
Introducing new security measures for the airline industry is rarely done lightly by governments. Certainly it’s underpinned by the responsibility to ensure passenger safety.

Cabin or hold? Tech ban latest step in bomb detection battle
March 23, 2017
A ban on large carry-on electronics on some international flights lays bare a high-stakes scientific battle between militant groups and security chiefs that has already dramatically altered airline travel, especially since the September 2001 attacks in the United States.

Eight parcel bombs found by police in Greece
March 21, 2017
Eight parcel bombs have been found and neutralised by police in Greece. The packages were found at an Athens postal office and were addressed to European Union finance officials and European businesses.

US-bound flights to ban most electronic devices
March 21, 2017
US-bound passengers travelling from about a dozen countries will be banned from carrying most electronic devices, officials have said.

Russian combat engineers to show ‘smart’ mine detectors at Army-2017 forum
March 21, 2017
Russian combat engineers will show promising minesweepers and ‘smart’ detectors of explosives at the Army-2017 international military and technical forum, Chief of Russia’s Engineer Troops Lieutenant-General Yuri Stavitsky said on Tuesday.

Maoist attackers used huge amount of explosives
March 21, 2017
The initial investigation into the Maoists attack in which 12 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed in Sukma in Chhattisgarh shows that a huge quantity of explosives was used by the attackers, a topCRPF officer told TOI.

Bomb-rigged homes delay return of Iraqi residents near Mosul
March 20, 2017
More than 300,000 people have been displaced from their homes since the Iraqi military offensive began to push ISIL out of Mosul, the group’s last stronghold in Iraq.

Bomb disposal experts called to Raja’s Appetisers Bar, in Leeds Road, Bradford, for second time this month
March 20, 2017
Bomb disposal experts were called to a takeaway in Bradford today after a “suspect device” was found.

Kent policeman flies out to support fight against ISIS
March 20, 2017
A police officer from Kent has swapped fighting UK crime for supporting people who are fighting so-called Islamic State.

Baghdad car bomb attack kills at least 23, wounds dozens more
March 20, 2017
Iraqi officials say a car bomb in Baghdad has killed at least 23 people and wounded 45 others.

Expodefensa 2017, International Defense and Security Trade Fair, 4-6 December, Bogota, Columbia
March 20, 2017
Expodefensa, the leading hub for defense and security in Latin America region, will be held in Bogota from December 2017 the 4th to December the 6th in Corferias Exhibition Center.

Islamic State Claims Bangladesh Bombing
March 19, 2017
The Islamic State claimed responsibility on Saturday for a suicide bomb attack on a Bangladesh security forces camp, while police in Dhaka shot dead a suspected militant in a separate incident.

Indo-Tibetan Border Police’s K-9 squad re-introduces Doberman breed after three decades
March 18, 2017
After a gap of three decades, Doberman Pinschers are back policing the Sino-Indian border along with Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel.

UN: ISIS must be stopped from using chemical weapons in Iraq, anywhere
March 18, 2017
The United Nations remains concerned about the use of chemical weapons by ISIS or any other state or non-state actors and that the organization’s Security Council will continue to keep an eye on that subject, says the UK ambassador to the UN and President of the Security Council Mathew Rycroft.

DoD Future Warfighter Performance, Capabilities and Survivability to be the Focus of Upcoming Senior Level Symposium for DoD, Industry and Academia
March 17, 2017
On April 25-26, 2017, senior leaders within the U.S. Military Services, DoD, Industry and Academia will convene in Alexandria, VA, USA for two days of off the record briefings and senior level discussions at Defense Strategies Institute’s “Town Hall” Future Warfighter Symposium.

Over 150 Russian troops deployed to Palmyra for mine clearing
March 16, 2017
“The personnel, military equipment and property of the International Mine Action Center of the Russian Armed Forces were promptly deployed by military transport aviation aircraft from Chkalovsky airfield (Moscow Region) to Hmeimim air base (Syria),” the ministry said.

Paris IMF explosion: Letter bomb blast leaves one person injured
March 16, 2017
A woman has been injured by a parcel bomb posted to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) offices in Paris.

Bell Helicopter Confirms Platinum Sponsorship For Bahrain International Defence Exhibition & Conference (BIDEC)
March 16, 2017
Bell Helicopter, industry leader in the production of commercial and military vertical-lift aircraft, have confirmed their participation in the upcoming BIDEC 2017, (Bahrain International Defence Exhibition & Conference) one of the region’s leading international defence exhibitions.

LOGOS IMAGING and PARC Partner to Commercialize Ruggedized Digital X-ray Detectors
March 15, 2017
Logos Imaging LLC (Logos), a leading provider of X-ray solutions for industrial and security customers worldwide, and PARC, a Xerox company, announced today that they have successfully partnered to advance the next generation of PARC’s X-ray detector technology.

Suicide bomber strikes Damascus justice building, killing 30
March 15, 2017
A suicide bomber detonated his explosives’ vest inside the main judicial building in the Syrian capital on Wednesday, killing at least 30 people and wounding many others, state media said.

3rd C-IED Technology Workshop, C-IED Centre of Excellence, 24-26 October 2017, Madrid Spain
March 14, 2017
NATO organizations, Partnership for Peace (PfP) members, Resolute Support Mission (RSM) contributing nations, multinational headquarters, international organizations, nations, industry and academia are kindly informed that the 3rd C-IED Technology Workshop (Tech-WS) will be conducted in Madrid, Spain, from 24 to 26 October 2017.

Army Bomb Disposal Unit have found two viable explosive devices in Derrinturn
March 14, 2017
The Army Bomb Disposal Team have been dealing with two viable explosive devices, which were discovered this evening in Derrinturn, Co. Kildare, near Carbury and the Offaly border.

The Bomb Detective
March 14, 2017
After a terrorist’s bomb goes off, the race to put it back together begins.

Experts begin defusing 11 tons of explosives found in Munich
March 13, 2017
Explosives experts have begun defusing 10 metric tons (11 tons) of World War II ammunition discovered beneath an apartment building’s yard in the southern German city of Munich.

Large explosion hits Somali capital Mogadishu
March 13, 2017
At least six people killed by bomb-laden vehicle in Mogadishu, according to police and medical services.

UN Trains Aviation Security Personnel on Counterterrorism
March 12, 2017
As a pre-emptive strategy to prevent terror attack in any of the nation’s airports, the United Nations Aviation School Project has commenced training of all Aviation Security (AVSEC) personnel in Nigeria.

Plot to hit German shopping centre with multiple suicide bombers is foiled after police are tipped off about ‘imminent attack’
March 11, 2017
Police in the German city of Essen have ordered a shopping centre to remain closed on Saturday after a tip from security services of ‘concrete indications about a possible attack’.

Damascus Bombings Near Pilgrimage Sites Kill Dozens
March 11, 2017
A double bombing near Shiite shrines often visited by foreign pilgrims in Damascus, Syria, killed at least 40 people on Saturday, shattering the capital’s efforts to isolate itself from the war raging elsewhere in the country.

Weapons, IEDs seized in Nasirabad
March 10, 2017
The Balochistan Frontier Corps and other security agencies conducted raid in Ghazi Nala area of Nasirabad and seized 150 Kg explosive material and six improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

Sierra Nevada to continue U.S. counter-IED support
March 10, 2017
Sierra Nevada received a $30.9 million contract from the U.S. Navy to continue supporting the branch’s effort to counter improvised explosive devices.

Three high-ranking police officers killed in IED explosions in Al-Arish
March 10, 2017
The IS affiliated group of ‘Sinai Province’ declared responsibility for killing the Inspector of North Sinai General Security with an IED inside Al-Arish city.

Security & Counter Terror Expo 2017: an international platform for global security
March 9, 2017
UK’s leading national security event returns to London in May with a programme created to help those tasked with keeping nations, assets and businesses safe

Clearance divers feted with Theatre Honours
March 9, 2017
Last week, in a highly prestigious ceremony, Fleet Diving Unit (Pacific) received its first Theatre Honours in recognition for their work in Afghanistan.

Over $5 Million in Federal Homeland Security Grants For Counter Terrorism and Public Safety Initiatives Across the State
March 8, 2017
Funding will support local law enforcement tactical teams, technical search and rescue operations, and explosive detection canine units, while also safeguarding critical infrastructure across New York.

‘Explosive’ women force behind keeping soldiers safe, protected
March 08, 2017
As soldiers strap on bulletproof jackets that prevent injuries from small arms fire during anti-terror operations, a handful of women scientists have been plugging away in laboratories hundreds of kilometres away to ensure the gear being used meets the requisite standards of protection.

Thirteen terror attacks foiled in under four years
March 6, 2017
The UK’s top counter-terrorism officer says despite foiling a number of plots since Lee Rigby’s murder, the threat remains severe.

Royal Navy explosives experts detonate 500lb German World War Two bomb uncovered on north London building site
March 4, 2017
Explosive experts have successfully detonated a 500lb German World War Two bomb which forced schools and homes to be evacuated.

Twelve treated for chemical weapons agents in Mosul since March 1: U.N.
March 4, 2017
Twelve people, including women and children, are being treated for possible exposure to chemical weapons agents in Mosul, where Islamic State is fighting off an offensive by U.S.-backed Iraqi forces, the United Nations said on Saturday.

Syrian troops clear Palmyra of mines as scale of fresh damage is revealed
March 4, 2017
Syrian army units have begun clearing land mines and explosives left behind by Isil militants in the historic town of Palmyra, after government troops and allied militiamen recaptured it from the jihadists.

Tripartite meeting focuses on intel cooperation
March 2, 2017
Afghan, NATO and Pakistani military officials met in Kabul yesterday and discussed security along Afghan-Pak border, countering roadside bombs and sharing intelligence.

Improvised Explosive Detection – New Approach
March 2, 2017
On the first floor of the Robert H. Mollohan Research Facility is a small team of researchers who are quietly developing a new, game-changing technology that could potentially eliminate the threat of the Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).

Taliban claims deadly Kabul attacks
March 2, 2017
Explosions and gunfire ring out in different parts of Kabul, killing at least 16 in attacks claimed by the Taliban.

USARAF C-IED support Lake Chad Basin partner nations by saving lives
March 1, 2017
The U.S. Army Africa-led engagement was one of several missions that brought subject matter experts to share their best practices with engineers in Niger, Chad, Nigeria and Cameroon to increase their capacity to conduct counter-improvised explosive device (C-IED) missions.