News – March 2020


  • Afghan forces kill suicide bomber, foil deadly attack in Kandahar

    March 10, 2020

    The Afghan forces foiled a deadly attack in southern Kandahar province by killing a suicide bomber who was looking to carry out an attack in Zherai district. The Ministry of Interior in a statement said the explosives of the suicide bomber went off after the Afghan forces opened fire on him. The statement further added that the ...

  • UK: The Defence and Security Accelerator seeks novel technology to counter homemade bombs

    March 9, 2020

    The Defence and Security Accelerator is launching a competition to rapidly develop novel technology and techniques to boost the UK’s life-saving counter homemade bomb capability. Invisible Shield: Countering IEDs by novel technology and techniques seeks innovative proposals to thwart adversaries, terrorists and criminals from using everyday communications items such as radios or mobile phones and networks to ...

  • British Troops In West Africa: Training Local Forces To Fight Terror

    March 9, 2020

    Growing concern about the rise of violent terrorist groups in west Africa has prompted British forces to step up its training and mentoring of regional partners. It comes as UK troops prepare for a 250-strong deployment to Mali in the summer. Forces News has been to Senegal to see British servicemen training African partners to fight on the frontline against terror. UK personnel in ...

  • Cameroon: Women’s Day explosion leaves soldier dead, others injured in Bamenda

    March 9, 2020

    At least one soldier was killed and seven other persons wounded after an explosion on Sunday around the Commercial Avenue in Bamenda, the government has said. The explosion occured around 10am not far from the grand stand where festivities to mark the International Women’s Day were taking place. Among the seven other persons injured were four soldiers, ...

  • Cracking Pulwama: How a mobile phone led to crucial breakthroughs

    March 9, 2020

    The National Investigation Agency had a painstaking job ahead when it took over the probe into the Pulwama attack. The NIA hit a dead end almost immediately after taking over the probe, but over the past couple of months the agency made crucial breakthroughs. The key to these breakthroughs was the mobile phone of a dead ...

  • Philippines: Rebels used IEDs in violation of human rights laws: CHR

    March 9, 2020

    The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) in Negros Oriental said it has concluded in its probe that the New People’s Army (NPA) violated human rights laws and an agreement with the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front (NDF) with regard weapons used in warfare. The NPA, the armed wing of the Communist Party of the ...

  • Hong Kong police seize homemade bombs and arrest 17

    March 9, 2020

    Hong Kong authorities say they have seized “significant quantities of homemade explosives” and arrested more than a dozen people in raids across the city. The pre-dawn raids on Sunday were in connection with an alleged campaign to get the government to close its borders with China to stop the spread of the coronavirus, Hong Kong police said. The ...

  • Army seizes more explosives in Maguindanao

    March 9, 2020

    The Army’s 6th Infantry Division (ID) has recovered more explosives in areas where the military and the Daesh-inspired Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) clashed the past week, an Army official said Monday. Maj. Gen. Diosdado Carreon, the 6ID commander, said four improvised explosive devices, bomb-making components, and mobile phones were seized during continuing combat clearing operations ...

  • Blasts disrupt Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s swearing-in ceremony

    March 9, 2020

    A series of blasts disrupted Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s swearing-in ceremony as he was delivering a speech Monday. The blasts and gunfire could be heard from the central garden of the presidential palace in Kabul where hundreds had gathered to watch the ceremony. Attendees began to flee the area as the blasts were heard, and Ghani ...

  • 71st EOD demonstrates counter IED skills

    March 9, 2020

    Soldiers with 71st Ordnance Group (Explosive Ordnance Disposal), hosted electronic countermeasure training Feb. 19-20 for 38 EOD, intelligence and electronic warfare Soldiers from nine installations across the U.S. The training provided service members of multiple military branches with hands-on experience with electronic countermeasure equipment used to deter threats in a combat environment. “They actually got to see ...

  • Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok survives assassination attempt

    March 9, 2020

    Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has survived an assassination attempt, Sudan’s state media has said. Hamdok’s convoy was hit by a strong blast in Sudanese capital of Khartoum. Unconfirmed media reports say Improvised Explosive Device (IED) hit the last car in Hamdok’s convoy. Hamdok survived the ordeal and was moved to a “safe location.” according to state media. It was ...

  • Dstl: “Take aim, press print.”

    March 9, 2020

    A project at Dstl has created a new technique which could offer on-demand, 3D-printed explosives at the front line. Energetics experts are essential for defence and security; from forensic analysis to the protection of troops from explosive devices. Since recognising this national decline in the energetics sector, the MOD has since invested nearly £10 million, to ...

  • 2 Yemenis killed in explosion of Houthi-laid landmine: official

    March 8, 2020

    An explosion caused by a landmine struck a motorcycle in Yemen’s Red Sea port city of Hodeidah on Sunday, killing two Yemenis, a military official told Xinhua. “One of the landmines laid by Houthis previously near the residential areas exploded and killed two innocent citizens in Durayhmi district of Hodeidah,” the local military official said on ...

  • Gaza militants target Israel with party balloons bearing bombs

    March 8, 2020

    The moment Merav Hania’s daughter stopped loving kindergarten came when a cluster of colorful orbs floated toward her playground during recess. “Balloons!” said a pleased young Emma, her mother recalled. But another child, one who had heard the warnings from local police, knew better: “That’s a bomb!” In recent months, hundreds of booby-trapped balloons — sometimes bearing ...

  • 7 things to know about how Amazon helped nab Pulwama accused

    March 7, 2020

    During initial interrogation, Waiz revealed that he used his online shopping account to procure chemicals like ammonium powder for making IEDs, batteries, clothing and other accessories. In an important instance of cooperation by a foreign multinational in an Indian terror investigation, online shopping giant Amazon helped National Investigative Agency (NIA) nab an accused in Pulwama terror ...

  • Pakistan: 9 injured in blast near Levies Lines on Chaman’s Taj Road

    March 7, 2020

    At least nine people were injured after an explosion occurred near the Levies Lines in Balochistan’s Chaman area, Levies sources confirmed. The blast took place on Taj Road in Chaman, which is located just kilometres away from the country’s border with Afghanistan. According to the sources, the blast was directed towards Levies Risaldar Maj Naseebullah who remained ...

  • Meet the female squad who clear out Vietnam’s unexploded bombs

    March 6, 2020

    Known as the “landmine girls” the group detonates left behind bombs from the war with the United States that ended in 1975 Two petite women in protective gear walk slowly down an empty field in Vietnam, carrying a large metal detector that clicks and whirrs, searching for unexploded ordnance. Medic and safety officer Nguyen Thi Ha Lan ...

  • Suspected pipe bomb found by shocked locals outside Cork property

    March 6, 2020

    A suspected pipe bomb was found by shocked locals outside a property in Cork. Gardai and a specialist Defence Forces Explosives & Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team were alerted after a suspect package was discovered outside a house in Knocknaheeny shortly after lunchtime. The area was cordoned off and an EOD team from Collins Barracks is currently dealing ...

  • UK: Bomb squad called and two held after suspicious device found in car in Luton

    March 6, 2020

    Two men have been arrested after a suspicious device was found in a car in Luton, Bedfordshire. Bomb disposal experts were sent to the scene and the device was later deemed to be not viable. Police were called to the incident at about 7.20am on Friday over concern for a man in a car. A bomb disposal team ...

  • Army EOD Soldiers train with civilian counterparts at Raven’s Challenge

    March 6, 2020

    U.S. Army explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) technicians from the 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives (CBRNE) Command trained with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies at Raven’s Challenge March 2-6 at Camp Blanding, Florida. Raven’s Challenge brings the world’s leading EOD experts together to train with military units and public safety bomb squads in realistic ...