News – March 2020


  • 2 Ethiopian soldiers killed in Somalia blast

    March 31, 2020

    Two Ethiopian peacekeepers were killed and four others wounded in a bomb blast in southern Somalia, officials said Tuesday. A vehicle carrying Ethiopian peacekeepers part of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) was targeted in Garbaharey town in southwestern Gedo region, according to a local police official. “The attackers used an improvised explosive device to target ...

  • Nigeria: Southwest caught in the throes of bomb explosions as new insecurity dimension

    March 31, 2020

    While the crisis of COVID-19 pandemic currently ravaging the entire world appears to have overshadowed every other thing, people in Ekiti, Lagos and the Ondo States are caught in the throes of recent bomb explosions that happened on February 8, March 15 and 28, 2020 respectively. And so not many Nigerians, especially Yoruba in the ...

  • Somali governor killed in al-Shabab suicide bomb attack

    March 30, 2020

    A local official in northeastern Somalia has been killed in a suicide bomb blast claimed by the al-Shabab armed group, according to police and medical sources. Abdisalan Hassan Hersi, governor of Nugaal region, succumbed to his wounds after being rushed to hospital in Garowe, the capital of Puntland where the blast occurred Sunday. Several witnesses described the attacker running ...

  • Danger warning for boats as suspected wartime mine dredged up by fisherman

    March 30, 2020

    A safety warning has been issued after a suspected wartime mine was dredged up by fisherman close to the Exe estuary. Vessels have been told to stay away from an area of water off Straight Point due to the possible danger. UK Coastguard is liaising with the Royal Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team and the Exeter Port ...

  • Turkey destroys 2 PKK-planted IEDs in northern Syria

    March 30, 2020

    Turkish security forces destroyed two improvised explosive devices (IED) planted by PKK terrorists in northern Syria, Turkey’s National Defense Ministry said Monday. The explosives were seized in an area falling inside Operation Peace Spring, Turkey’s cross-border anti-terror operation in Syria, the ministry said on Twitter. The operation was launched last October to eliminate YPG/PKK terrorists from northern ...

  • Truck laden with 4,000 kgs of explosives seized in Western Afghanistan

    March 30, 2020

    The Afghan force seized a truck laden with 4,000 kilograms of explosives in western Herat province, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said. According to a statement released by interior ministry, the security forces seized the truck in Kang Village of Ghorian district of Herat. The statement further added that the security forces confiscated 4,000 kilograms of Ammonium ...

  • Burkina Faso bomb kills 3 soldiers

    March 30, 2020

    A homemade bomb killed three paramilitary gendarmes and wounded three more Sunday in northwest Burkina Faso, security sources said. The attack on the patrol happened at Gomboro, in the Boucle du Mouhoun region, a security source told AFP. The injured had been evacuated for treatment and the area was being searched, the source added. Another security source, confirming ...

  • Infantry: Why Landmines Refuse To Go

    March 28, 2020

    March 28, 2020: In January 2020 the United States lifted restrictions on the deployment of anti-personnel landmines by American forces. This ban had been imposed in 2014 for American troops everywhere except those in South Korea. That decision was criticized worldwide because most nations had signed and ratified the 1997 Ottawa Convention banning the manufacture or ...

  • France and allies establish new task force in Sahel

    March 28, 2020

    France and several of its European allies have officially set up a new task force, called Takuba, made of special forces that will fight armed groups in the West African region of Sahel alongside the armies of Mali and Niger. After an audio conference on Friday, representatives of 13 countries – Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, ...

  • Afghan forces thwart deadly car bomb attack in Paktia province

    March 27, 2020

    The Afghan forces thwarted a plot to detonate a car bomb in South-eastern Paktia province, the Afghan military said. The 203rd Thunder Corps in a statement said the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces identified and destroyed a vehicle packed with explosives in Sayed Karam district. The statement further added that the enemies were looking to detonate ...

  • Misawa EOD team trains to save lives

    March 26, 2020

    “Initial success or total failure” is the motto fueling explosive ordnance disposal Airmen to accept nothing less than perfection in and out of uniform. The 35th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal flight’s mission is to clear hazards by locating, identifying and neutralizing explosive devices in order for base operations to continue, especially during wartime contingencies. “Our ...

  • FBI agents kill man allegedly plotting bomb attack on hospital amid coronavirus pandemic

    March 26, 2020

    A man fatally injured by the FBI was planning a bomb attack on a medical facility in the Kansas City area, the agency said in a news release on Wednesday. Timothy Wilson, 36, was injured on Tuesday when FBI agents served a probable cause arrest warrant in Belton, Missouri, after a long-running domestic terrorism investigation, according to a statement ...

  • Afghanistan: UNAMA Calls for Reduced Violence Leading to Ceasefire

    March 26, 2020

    The UN mission echoed Sec. Gen. Guterres’ call for a “global ceasefire” in face of COVID-19 pandemic. Citing “record” civilian casualties – over 100 since late February’s peace deal—UNAMA on Wednesday issued a statement urging all parties to further reduce levels of violence, protect civilians, and work towards a ceasefire. UNAMA echoes Monday’s call by the Secretary-General, ...

  • Five killed in IED attack near Somali-Kenyan border

    March 26, 2020

    At least five people were killed, including a district commissioner, when an improvised explosive device targeted their vehicle near the Somali-Kenyan border Wednesday. Guled Abdirahman, a police official in Lower Juba region, told Anadolu Agency by phone that the roadside bombing also wounded several others. “A landmine targeted a vehicle carrying Ras Kamboni district commissioner Abdullahi Diriye. ...

  • Afghanistan: 8 killed in Helmand after vehicle hit by roadside bomb

    March 25, 2020

    At least eight civilians were killed after their vehicle hit in a roadside mine in Musa-Kala district of southern Helmand province. Provincial Governor’s Spokesman Omar Zwak said the incident occurred in Roshan Tawar village of the district. The provincial local officials blamed the Taliban for the blast but the group yet to response to it. Read more… Source: Afghanistan ...

  • 2 Malian soldiers killed in landmine explosion

    March 25, 2020

    At least two Malian soldiers were killed in a landmine explosion in the central part of the West African country, the army said late Tuesday. ”A FAMa vehicle jumped on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, on an improvised explosive device between Baye and Pissa, Mopti region in the Central part of the country,” the ...

  • Harsh weather kills 3 Taliban militants including an IED maker in Paktia

    March 25, 2020

    The local authorities in South-eastern Paktia province discovered the dead bodies of three Taliban militants who had frozen to death in a mountain in Zazai Aryoub district. The provincial government in a statement said the dead bodies of the three Taliban militants, Ehsanullah son of Fazal Manan, Barakatullah son of Mohammad Akbar and Shamimullah son of ...

  • 25 killed, 8 wounded in the attack on Sikh temple in Kabul

    March 25, 2020

    The attack on Sikh temple in Kabul city left at least 25 dead and 8 others wounded. The Ministry of Interior confirmed that the security forces rescued at least 80 people were caught inside the temple. Tariq Arian, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Interior earlier said a group of suicide bombers intruded into a Sikh temple ...

  • Suicide attack kills 4, wounds 8 in Mogadishu

    March 25, 2020

    At least four people including civilians were killed, more than eight wounded when a suicide bomber blew himself up Wednesday in a tea shop in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, according to officials. The attack took place near the parliament building which was in close proximity to the presidential palace. No group has yet claimed responsibility for ...

  • Fermanagh: Police anger at bomb hoax during virus efforts

    March 24, 2020

    A senior police officer has condemned dissident republicans for causing a security alert in County Fermanagh. A controlled explosion was carried out on a suspicious object, which was spotted by a member of the public at Clogh near Rosslea. It was later declared to be a hoax. PSNI (Police Service of Northern Ireland) Superintendent Clive Beatty blamed dissident ...