News – March 2020


  • How The UK Is Saving African Lives By Teaching Safe Bomb Disposal

    March 18, 2020

    The Counter IED Wing, part of the Humanitarian Peace Support School in Nairobi, Kenya, has trained 1,600 students from 15 African nations in just over three years. The teaching is led by former leading British Army bomb disposal expert Tony Dedman. He joined the Army when he was 15 and served for 22 years – carrying out ...

  • Mine action in Ukraine – March 2019

    March 18, 2020

    Ukraine is one of the most severely mine and Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) affected places in the world, with the most recorded anti-vehicle mine incidents for three years in a row and the third globally for overall casualties, behind only Afghanistan and Syria. It is estimated by national authorities that about 7,000 sq. km. in ...

  • Arab Coalition forces destroy two explosive-laden unmanned boats in the south of Red Sea

    March 17, 2020

    Naval Arab Coalition forces intercepted and destroyed two Houthi unmanned boats loaded with explosives, Saudi state news agency SPA reported on Tuesday. The boats, which were launched from Hodeidah, were trying to perform a terrorist attack in the south of Red Sea, Coalition spokesperson Turki Al-Maliki said. Houthi militants use Hodeidah to launch ballistic missiles, drones and ...

  • Children and Dogs Work Together to Free the World of Landmines

    March 17, 2020

    Bianca of Kingston, N. H., is one of those ordinary sixth-graders who loves her dog; in her case, a Bouvier des Flandres named Bear. “He looks like a teddy bear, ” she says. But this 11-year-old girl’s love for her dog—and other dogs and, well, people and the world—motivates her to do some extraordinary things. Bianca ...

  • UK: Brother of Manchester Arena bomber guilty of 22 counts of murder

    March 17, 2020

    Hashem Abedi denied involvement, but his DNA and fingerprints were found at the flat where the explosives were made. The brother of the Manchester Arena bomber has been found guilty of 22 charges of murder. Hashem Abedi, 22, conspired with his brother Salman Abedi, who killed himself and 22 others when he detonated a bomb at an ...

  • Thailand: At least 20 hurt in twin bomb attack on coronavirus summit in Yala province

    March 17, 2020

    At least 20 people were injured when two bombs exploded in front of a government office today in southern Thailand, security officials said. The explosions struck outside a local government meeting on the coronavirus outbreak after a week in which cases in the country trebled to 177. A number of officials are reported to have gone outside ...

  • Suspected Al-Shabaab IED attack leaves 2 dead in Garissa County, Kenya

    March 16, 2020

    Two people died in Garissa County on Sunday after an ambulance hit an improvised explosive device (IED) while a patient was being rushed to hospital. Speaking to the Nation, North-Eastern Regional Commissioner Nicholas Ndalana said they suspected the attack was by Al-Shabaab terrorists. “The ambulance coming from Sangailu Dispensary was heading to Hulugho with  four people on board ...

  • Army Bomb Experts In Northern Ireland Receive New Robot

    March 15, 2020

    Army bomb disposal experts in Northern Ireland have received a new state-of-the-art robot. The latest T7 Remote Controlled Vehicle (RCV) apparently allows the operator to “feel” the suspicious object as they investigate, and is also fitted with high-definition camera equipment. It is set to become the main RCV for Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Search (EOD&S) Regiment units ...

  • Exploding barriers – One woman’s journey in male-dominated career field

    March 14, 2020

    Improvised explosive devices (IED) are one of the leading causes of casualties for the U.S. military since the earliest days of the war on terror. Soldiers in explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) are tasked with handling and safely disposing of unexploded ordnance, IEDs included. The male-dominated military occupational specialty (MOS) has a long and rigorous school to ...

  • Ninth explosion in Damascus and its countryside since beginning of 2020

    March 14, 2020

    An explosion has rocked the district of al-Dahadil in Syria’s capital Damascus, bringing the number of bombings in the provinces of Damascus and Rif Dimasha to nine since the start of this year. According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), a state-run news agency in Syria, an explosive device planted in a civilian’s car detonated ...

  • British Troops In Malawi: Delivering Life-Saving Medical Training

    March 13, 2020

    British military personnel have been providing the Malawi Defence Force (MDF) with what could be life-saving training. A course, coordinated by the British Peace Support Team (Africa), was delivered to more than 100 troops ahead of a deployment to the Democratic Republic of Congo. While it is a UN Peacekeeping Mission, risk to life is high. The MDF lost six personnel ...

  • 2017 Parsons Green bomb injured 69, say British Transport Police

    March 13, 2020

    The number of people injured in the Parsons Green bomb attack has risen to 69, according to new police figures. Previously, 51 victims were thought to have suffered cuts and burns when Ahmed Hassan’s homemade device partially detonated on a District line train at the Tube station on September 15, 2017. Police said there was a delay to some of the victims ...

  • UNSC unanimously adopted resolution in support of U.S.-Taliban agreement: Khalilzad

    March 11, 2020

    The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) unanimously adopted a resolution in support of the agreement between the United States and the Taliban group as well as the U.S.-Afghan government joint declaration regarding the deal. The U.S. envoy for Afghan peace Zalmay Khalilzad said the UN Security Council adopted the resolution on Tuesday. “Today the @UN Security Council ...

  • Drones are dropping bombs on US troops in Syria, and it’s not clear who’s doing it

    March 11, 2020

    Drones are dropping explosives on US soldiers in Syria, and it’s not clear who’s behind the attacks, the head of US Central Command, which is responsible for the region, told lawmakers on Tuesday. National Public Radio reporter Tom Bowman first reported the attacks on Friday, observing them as he joined a patrol by US soldiers tasked with ...

  • Sudan says FBI to help probe PM assassination attempt

    March 11, 2020

    American investigators will help Sudan with enquiries into a failed assassination attempt against Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, the Sudanese culture and information minister said on Wednesday. A Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) team “arrived this morning and will join Sudanese investigators”, Faisal Mohammed Saleh told journalists. Sudan’s post-uprising leader Hamdok escaped unharmed on Monday after an assassination ...

  • IED blast outside former Nepali minister Baskota’s under-construction house; no casualties

    March 11, 2020

    An Improvised Explosive Device (IED) went off outside an under-construction house belonging to Nepal’s former Communication Minister Gokul Prasad Baskota in Bhaktapur district on Wednesday morning. No injuries or casualties were reported in the incident which took place at around 7:45 am (local time) at Lokanthali area of the Bhaktapur district. The explosive was planted outside one of the gates ...

  • Pakistan: ‘TTP commander’ killed in IED blast

    March 11, 2020

    Adam Khan, a commander of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), was allegedly killed when an explosive device planted in a motorcycle went off in Khwaja Darkhel area of Jani Khel on Wednesday. Police said that Khan was killed early Wednesday morning when he was targeted with a bomb planted in a motorcycle. Police further said that Khan belonged to ...

  • India: Police seize IEDs, Maoist literature in Kothagudem forests, Telangana

    March 11, 2020

    The police have seized improvised explosive devices (IEDs), revolutionary literature, kit bags and other material at a Maoist camp in the forests of Neeladri Pet hillock in the district. According to the Superintendent of Police (SP) Sunil Dutt the police had received information that four teams of the outlawed CPI (Maoist) had entered into Bhadradri Kothagudem, ...

  • Another arrest as police continue their investigation into suspicious device found in a car in Luton

    March 10, 2020

    Officers have searched four properties in Newcastle and another man has been arrested as police continue the investigation into a suspicious device found in a vehicle in Luton. At around 7.20am on Friday, March 6, police were called to reports of concern for a man in a car in Brook Street. Officers were dispatched and found a ...

  • 9 children killed, wounded in roadside bomb explosion in Logar province of Afghanistan

    March 10, 2020

    A roadside bomb explosion killed or wounded at least 9 children in central Logaar province of Afghanistan, the security officials said Monday. Nasrat Rahimi, a spokesman for the Ministry of Interior said an improvised explosive device planted on a roadside went off at around 3 pm on Monday. Rahimi further added that the explosion took place in ...