News – March 2023


  • Difficult Terrain In Mine Action

    March 31, 2023

    Armed conflicts continue to cause an increase in the number of casualties from explosive ordnance. Even after hostilities have ended, populations living in mine-affected areas often live with the risk posed by mines and other explosive ordnance. In order to better define hazardous areas and promote efficient, effective and safe processes and procedures, land release ...

  • Vidisco reveals its unique portable digital X-Ray system for the accurate detection of live ammunition in Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), while maintaining the safety of forces in the field

    March 31, 2023

    An elite unit of the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) recently successfully used the system to safely locate and neutralize Russian ammunition in the north of Israel.  March 31 2023, Vidisco – provider of innovative portable, accurate and safe X-ray detection solutions for armies, security forces and law enforcement agencies – has revealed the Guardian – an innovative system specifically developed ...

  • Pakistan: TTP strikes in Lakki Marwat leave four police officers dead, six hurt

    March 30, 2023

    Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants in a pair of attacks killed four police officers by targeting a police vehicle with a roadside bomb and wounded six in an attack on a police station in Lakki Marwat city of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa early Thursday, police said. The bomb killed four officers in a police vehicle carrying reinforcements sent to ...

  • Ecuador police deactivate explosive device taped to guard

    March 30, 2023

    Police successfully deactivated a vest-like explosive device Thursday that an unknown number of people allegedly had taped to the chest of a security guard at a jewelry store in Ecuador’s main port city. The guard was uninjured. Authorities would question him to try to locate any suspects, said Francesco Tabacchi, governor of the state of Guayas, ...

  • Kansas: IEDs found in residence, man arrested after 12-hour standoff in Cherryvale

    March 29, 2023

    The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office (MGSO) arrested a man Tuesday morning after a standoff involving multiple law enforcement agencies. Montgomery County Detectives searched his home and found what appeared to be explosives inside the room where Whittley was located. The Kansas Highway Patrol Bomb Squad was contacted and determined that the explosives were Improvised Explosive Devices. ...

  • Colombia: Militants kill 9 soldiers in attack in Norte de Santander state

    March 29, 2023

    Militants in Colombia killed nine soldiers and wounded nine others in an attack early Wednesday on a military unit securing a northern pipeline, officials said, complicating efforts by the country’s new leftist president to negotiate a lasting peace. The assailants attacked with long-range weapons and improvised explosive devices in El Carmen, in Norte de Santander state ...

  • Croatia wants to help Ukraine with mine clearance efforts

    March 29, 2023

    Croatia, which has experience in eliminating the consequences of war on its own territory, can help with the humanitarian demining of Ukrainian lands. Croatian Defense Minister Mario Banozic said this at a briefing with his Ukrainian counterpart Oleksii Reznikov at the Ukraine – Odesa Media Center, according to Ukrinform. Read more… Source: Ukrinform  

  • Secretary-General, in Message for Mine Action Day, Urges Member States to Ratify, Fully Implement Conventions Banning Explosive Ordnance, Cluster Munitions

    March 28, 2023

    Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, observed on 4 April: For the millions living amidst the chaos of armed conflicts — especially women and children — every step can put them in danger’s path. Even after the fighting stops, conflicts often leave behind a ...

  • Nigeria: Boko Haram bomb maker ‘dies after stepping on IED he planted for troops’

    March 28, 2023

    Awana Gaidam, a Boko Haram bomb maker, has reportedly died after “stepping on a self-made improvised explosive device” planted for Nigerian troops in Borno state. Allegedly, Awana was blown to pieces after his vehicle stepped on the IED along Njumia and Arra in Sambisa forest on Monday. Read more… Source: The Cable  

  • Montana: Suspected pipe bomb detonated near Old Steel Bridge in Kalispell

    March 28, 2023

    The Missoula County Sheriff’s Office explosive team blew up a pipe bomb a pedestrian found on Tuesday afternoon near Kalispell’s Old Steel Bridge. Flathead County Sheriff Brian Heino says the person stumbled across the device around 1 p.m. A police K-9 indicated the presence of an explosive, so authorities called in help from Missoula County. Read more… Source: ...

  • Northern Ireland: MI5 raises terror threat to ‘severe’ – meaning attack highly likely

    March 28, 2023

    The terror threat level in Northern Ireland has increased from “substantial” to “severe” meaning an attack is highly likely, the government has said. Northern Ireland Secretary Chris Heaton-Harris told the House of Commons the decision was made by MI5, independent of ministers. Read more… Source: Sky News  

  • First response to our most likely threat

    March 28, 2023

    There’s a tourniquet and a Warrior Skills: Skill Level 1 book on the table. The book is a manual of common Soldier tasks with step-by-step instructions. A red tab marks figure 081-COM-0048-1: Combat application tourniquet. Maj. Bridget Flannery opens with statistics of the more than 60,000 U.S. service members killed and wounded in combat since September ...

  • Cambodia: UXO casualties down 56 per cent, say CMAA

    March 28, 2023

    Since the beginning of January, eleven people were injured and one killed by land mines and unexploded ordnance (UXO). According to a March 27 report from the Cambodian Mine Action Authority (CMAA), this represents a 56 per cent reduction on the same period in 2022, when 27 people became the victims of explosive remnants of ...

  • 49th CES EOD flight trains multi-capable Airmen

    March 28, 2023

    HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. — From unexploded munitions to chemical, biological and nuclear hazards, it’s up to the 49th Civil Engineer Squadron’s explosive ordnance disposal flight to attenuate hazards posed by weapons or explosive materials. EOD is one of the most dangerous jobs the Department of Defense has to offer. In order to ensure the ...

  • Vietnam: Warhead explosion kills 2, injures 3 in Kon Tum

    March 27, 2023

    Two people were killed and three others were seriously injured in a warhead explosion in Kon Tum Province, located in Vietnam’s Central Highlands. Doctor Vo Van Thien, director of the Kon Tum General Hospital, said on Sunday that the hospital had saved three patients, with one of them suffering brain injury, one with a perforated bowel, ...

  • Registration Open for SOF Week 2023 in Tampa

    March 27, 2023

    TAMPA, Fla. – U.S. Special Operations Command and Global Special Operations Foundation (GSOF) will co-host Special Operations Forces (SOF) Week in Tampa, FL, 8-11 May. SOF Week combines a defense industry conference with a national convention for Special Operations Forces at a large downtown campus around the Tampa Convention Center, the Marriott Water Street and the ...

  • Afghanistan: Blast near foreign ministry in Kabul kills at least two

    March 27, 2023

    At least two people were killed and 12 injured in a blast near Afghanistan’s ministry of foreign affairs, according to a hospital run by an Italian NGO in capital Kabul. “We received some patients,” said Stefano Sozza of Italian NGO Emergency on Monday. Read more… Source: Al Jazeera Related story: Blast Happens Near Foreign Ministry in Kabul  

  • Ukraine: Improvised explosive device used in attempt on life of Mariupol police chief

    March 27, 2023

    A self-made explosive device was used in an attempt to assassinate Mariupol police chief Mikhail Moskvin, the press service of the Interior Ministry of the Donetsk People’s Republic told TASS on Monday. “It was an improvised explosive device, which contained about 400 grams of explosives,” the press service said. Read more… Source: TASS  

  • Spain: Authorities dismantled a clandestine workshop with almost 500 kilos of bomb-making materials in Barcelona

    March 26, 2023

    A total of 468 kilos of explosive precursors and chemical products for their preparation have been seized, as well as fuse and 2.2 kilos of finished explosive mixture A person who manufactured explosives by hand by mixing substances that he acquired through the internet has been arrested This is one of the largest seizures of explosives precursors ...

  • Northern Ireland: Police at scene of suspected pipe bomb attack in Newtownards

    March 26, 2023

    Police and Army bomb experts are at the scene of a suspected pipe bomb attack in Newtownards. It’s understood a property in the Bowtown Road area of town was targeted on Saturday night. Forensic officers were pictured at the scene examining remnants of suspected device following a clearance operation by Ammunition Technical Officers. Read more… Source: Belfast Telegraph  

  • Philippines: Ammunition, explosives dug up in Henry Teves company compound

    March 26, 2023

    Suspected improvised explosive devices (IEDs), rocket propelled grenades, and ammunition were dug up during a second raid on the compound of HDJ Agri-Venture Corporation, whose president is former Negros Oriental Governor Pryde Henry Teves. advertisement In a Sunday morning GTV News Live report, the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) said that an informant who claimed to ...

  • UK: The respectable businessman by day who was a bomb-making jihadi by night

    March 26, 2023

    For families in the playground opposite Asad Bhatti’s home, the financial analyst working at Legal & General looked like any other businessman in his suit and tie. But the 47-year-old bachelor – whose CV bragged was ‘motivated by challenge and responsibility’ – hid a secret life as a bomb-making terrorist. Read more… Source: Daily Mail  

  • French minister says protesters are firing mortars to fire explosives at police

    March 25, 2023

    France’s Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin has said ‘far-Left’ rioters were using mortars to fire explosives at the police amid the intensified violence between security forces and protesters on Saturday. Three police vehicles were completely burned out, and multiple officers injured. Read more… Source: Daily Mail  

  • Iraq: Spiking violence strains sectarian ties

    March 25, 2023

    “I only remember the explosion,” Maytham, 16, said from his hospital bed, his pale arms speckled brown by shrapnel. The attack took place earlier this month in the Shiite-majority village of Hazanieh. The force of the blast hurled the teenager out of the vehicle, but his family — his parents, an aunt and three cousins ...