News – March 2024


  • Building bombings and 14-year-old hitmen, organised crime overwhelms Sweden

    March 31, 2024

    In less than 15 years, Sweden has gone from being one of the world’s safest countries to having the highest rate of gun homicides in the entire EU (double that of Croatia, the second highest) and a number of explosions — by bombs or by hand grenades — that is comparable to some countries at ...

  • Syria: Car bomb kills 4, injures 20 in Azaz

    March 31, 2024

    At least four people were killed and 20 injured late Saturday in a car bomb attack that rocked a bustling market in Syria’s northern city of Azaz, according to local sources. The attack in the heart of Azaz’s vibrant marketplace was in an area controlled by opposition forces. Initial assessments are treating the explosion as a ...

  • New York: Man arrested after explosive devices found during FBI investigation

    March 29, 2024

    A man faces charges after an FBI investigation forced the evacuation of a downtown building Thursday afternoon. Vincenzo Cilino, 24, of Rochester, was taken into custody while the FBI and Rochester police were executing a search warrant at 214 Andrews Street. According to a felony complaint, two improvised explosive devices were recovered from his apartment inside ...

  • Ohio: Purchase Two Bomb Suites and Remote Control Units for Mentor PD

    March 29, 2024

    The City of Mentor will receive sealed bids at the Purchasing Office, 8500 Civic Center Blvd., Mentor, Ohio 44060, until 10:00 AM (local time) on April 12, 2024 for: PURCHASE TWO (2) BOMB SUITS AND TWO (2) BOMB SUIT REMOTE CONTROL UNITS FOR MENTOR POLICE DEPARTMENT. Bids must be in accordance with specifications and on forms provided ...

  • Ukrainian bomb disposal team defuse Russian aerial bomb in Kharkiv Oblast

    March 29, 2024

    A State Emergency Service bomb disposal team has seized and destroyed an OFAB-250 aerial bomb in Kharkiv Oblast. “Yesterday, after the latest attack by the Russian army on the border village of Ruska Lozova, an enemy OFAB-250 high-explosive fragmentation aerial bomb was found in the garden near one of the houses.” Read more… Source: Ukrainska Pravda  

  • India: IED explosion rocks Manipur’s Jiribam, no casualties reported

    March 29, 2024

    Ahead of Lok Sabha elections, a suspected Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast has shaken a village in Manipur’s Jiribam district on Friday. According to reports, the explosion rocked Durgapur village in Borobekra sub-division of Jiribam district in the wee hours on Friday Sources said the incident occurred at around 2:20 am and caused significant damage to ...

  • UK: At least 15 ill after suspected poisoning at jail

    March 29, 2024

    Six people are in hospital after a suspected food poisoning incident at Lewes Prison. A further 10 or 11 people have been treated, with deliberately-contaminated food being considered as a possible cause. Of those in hospital three are prisoners. Another three casualties were described as “civilians”. According to the source, there was initial concern among paramedics ...

  • Massachusetts: Robotic police dog shot multiple times, helped avoid bloodshed

    March 28, 2024

    Roscoe, a robotic dog, is being thanked by state police in Massachusetts for helping avert a tragedy involving a person barricaded in a home. The robot dog was part of the Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad and deployed on March 6 in a Barnstable house after police were fired upon. Police sent in two other robots ...

  • Syria: One killed, two others injured in IED explosion in Damascus countryside

    March 28, 2024

    On Thursday, media sources revealed that one person was killed and two others were injured when an explosive device exploded in a car belonging to an officer in the Damascus government forces in the town of Jdeidet Artouz al-Balad in the Damascus countryside. According to what the town’s mayor said, an officer with the rank of ...

  • Germany: Arson suspected in fire that killed Turkish-Bulgarian family in Solingen

    March 28, 2024

    A fire that claimed the lives of a Turkish-Bulgarian family in Solingen was apparently an arson attack, German authorities said on Wednesday. During the preliminary investigation “clear remains of an accelerant” were found in the wooden stairwell of the four-story house, indicating that a “deliberate arson” could be the cause of the fire, Wuppertal’s public prosecutor ...

  • Fu Zai: China’s first corgi police dog with short legs and big skills

    March 28, 2024

    China’s first corgi police dog, Fu Zai, went viral online as he made his debut at a police open day in Weifang, east China’s Shandong Province. Unlike typical police dogs with long limbs and agile bodies, Fu Zai captivated the internet with his iconic short legs and superb explosive detection skills. Fu Zai, a six-month-old male ...

  • International Day for Mine Awareness & Assistance in Mine Action

    March 27, 2024

    Mines, explosive remnants of war, and improvised explosive devices continue to cause death and injury, especially in situations of armed conflict. On average, one person is killed or injured by such an explosive device every hour. Many children are among the victims. The use of improvised explosive devices has expanded, terrorizing civilians and threatening humanitarian actors ...

  • Unexploded Bombs From World Wars Are Coming Back To Bite Us

    March 27, 2024

    Earth is riddled with millions of tonnes of explosive bomb material, particularly from the two world wars that struck the 20th century. While most have remained buried and forgotten over the past decades, new research is showing that many are loaded with a chemical that’s making them increasingly prone to blowing up as time goes by. The ...

  • OCHA: Syria ordnance contamination

    March 27, 2024

    After 13 years of conflict, explosive ordnance contamination remains a challenge in Syria. Approximately a third of communities across Syria reportedly face grave risk of injury and trauma by some form of explosive contamination. Demining efforts are underway with the support of UN and partners. OCHA Read more… Source: OCHA  

  • Malaysia: Molotov cocktail thrown at KK Super Mart in Bidor

    March 27, 2024

    Police are investigating an incident where a Molotov cocktail was hurled at a KK Super Mart outlet in Bidor, Perak. Perak police chief Comm Datuk Seri Mohd Yusof Hassan Basri said they have obtained CCTV footage of the incident, which occurred at 5.35am yesterday. According to the statement, the Molotov cocktail that was thrown at the ...

  • Bangladesh: Crude bomb blast kills one, injures two in Madaripur’s Kalkini

    March 27, 2024

    A crude bomb explosion during its preparation has left a man dead and two other people injured in Madaripur’s Kalkini Upazila. The incident took place on the bank of the river Arial Khan in Notun Char Daulat Khan village around 12pm on Wednesday, Madaripur’s Additional Superintendent of Police Alaul Hasan said. Read more… Source: BDNews24  

  • Ukraine: 40% of agricultural land in de-occupied Kherson region has been cleared of mines

    March 27, 2024

    Despite the terrorist attacks of russia, the state is taking all measures to ensure the speedy humanitarian demining of agricultural land and food security of the country, the Committee on Agrarian and Land Policy informs. Thus, according to the Kherson Regional Military Administration, 40% of agricultural land on the liberated right bank of the Kherson region ...

  • Arizona: Partially assembled pipe bomb and IED components found in Yavapai County

    March 26, 2024

    A man hiking in rural Arizona with his children made a potentially explosive discovery last week: a partially assembled pipe bomb. The hiker found an ammo can within a cluster of boulders Friday near Hillside, a Yavapai County community about 40 miles north of Wickenburg, authorities said. When the man looked inside the can he discovered ...

  • Japan: Training ordnance discovery closes gates temporarily at Misawa Air Base

    March 26, 2024

    The discovery this week of an inert piece of training ordnance left behind from a recent exercise caused Misawa Air Base, Japan, to shut its gates momentarily. The fighter base in northeastern Japan closed its gates at 2:25 p.m. Monday while an explosive ordnance disposal team responded to the discovery near the Kamakita gate on the ...

  • Cambodia: CMAA declares Kratie as 15th province to be mine-free

    March 26, 2024

    Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA) has declared Kratie province clear of landmines becoming the 15th mine-free province in the country. During the Vietnam War in the late 1960s and early 70s, intense fighting took place in Kratie province between opposing forces and it also suffered heavy US aerial bombing. According to the report ...

  • Pakistan: Five Chinese nationals and Pakistani driver killed in SVBIED attack in Bisham

    March 26, 2024

    China has demanded a “thorough investigation” after five of its nationals and one Pakistani were killed in an attack on a convoy in Bisham tehsil of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Shangla, according to the regional police chief and a station house officer (SHO). Reuters quoted Mohammad Ali Gandapur, the regional police chief, as saying that a suicide bomber ...

  • Kenya: Four people killed in explosion near police station

    March 26, 2024

    An explosion at a small hotel near a police station in north-eastern Kenya killed four people on Monday (Mar. 25). The blast took place in the town of Mandera, which is on the border with Somalia. The blast was caused by an improvised explosive device that had been planted at the hotel and was detonated as ...

  • Ireland: Gardaí discover four explosive devices in west Dublin

    March 26, 2024

    Gardaí discovered four viable explosive devices during the search of a van in southwest Dublin on Sunday. A man in his 40s was arrested following the search in Ronanstown, Dublin 22. He remains in Garda custody in Dublin, detained under Section 30 of the Offences against the State Act 1939. Following the discovery of the explosive ...

  • At least 3,000 unexploded bombs in Gaza in first 3 months of war

    March 26, 2024

    At least 3,000 of the 45,000 Israeli bombs dropped on the Gaza Strip between 7 October and mid-January have failed to explode, according to estimates by Handicap International, an NGO specialising in mine action. “Of these 45,000 bombs, 3,000 have not exploded, and it is in fact these that will cause additional danger, particularly for civilians, ...