News – May 2020


  • Explosion close to a hospital in Kabul city leaves 3 wounded

    May 31, 2020

    An explosion wounded at least three people in Kabul city earlier this evening, a day after a similar blast killed two exployees of a TV channel. Tariq Arian, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Interior, said a roadside bomb went off close to Yasra Hospital in the 11th district of the city. According to Arian, the explosion ...

  •  Roadside Bomb Blast Kills 9 Near Somali Capital

    May 31, 2020

    Somali officials say nine civilians were killed and 10 others were wounded in a roadside bomb explosion outside Mogadishu on Sunday. The blast from an improvised explosive device hit a bus transporting civilians from Mogadishu to the town of Wanlaweyn, 90 kilometers west of the capital. The Somali government says al-Shabab is responsible for the attack. Read more… Source: ...

  • Lessons Not Learned: The Israeli Experience in Lebanon (1985-2000) and America’s Forever Wars

    May 30, 2020

    This apparent lack of interest in “Israel’s Vietnam” appears tragic when one considers how closely the contours of that conflict foreshadowed the tactical and operational challenges American forces would face in the “Forever Wars” of Afghanistan and Iraq. Perhaps no foreign conflict has ever influenced the U.S. military as much as the Yom Kippur War did. ...

  • Journalist, Studio Technician Killed in Kabul Blast, 6 Wounded

    May 30, 2020

    IED hit a vehicle of Khurshid TV channel in PD4 of Kabul city, killing one journalist and a studio technician. 6 people were wounded in the attack. Khurshid TV’s economic reporter Zamir Amiri and technical staff member Shafiq were killed in the blast. Sediqqi said that no group or individual has threatened the TV channel recently, but stated that ...

  • UK: Man faces explosives charge after metal pipe and powder found in Liverpool house

    May 30, 2020

    A 52-year-old man has been charged with an explosives offence following a police search at a house in Liverpool. Mohammed Ali was arrested after officers were called to reports of a loud bang on the evening of 17 April. Police said they found a metal pipe and black powder in the hallway of a house in Sunlight ...

  • UK: Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) Open Call for Innovation

    May 28, 2020

    The Open Call is looking for innovative ideas to improve the defence and security of the UK. Your idea could be a concept, product or service, at various levels of maturity. The only way to submit a proposal to the Defence and Security Accelerator is online via our submission service. To access DASA’s services and apply for ...

  • India: J&K Police foils car bombing bid in south Kashmir’s Pulwama

    May 28, 2020

    Police on Thursday foiled car bombing attempt by militants in south Kashmir by timely detection of IED in a car. A police spokesman said a major incident of a vehicle-borne ED blast was averted by the timely input and action by  Police, CRPF, and Army in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district today morning. A police official said the ...

  • Spring/Summer 2020 edition of the Counter-IED Report magazine is now available to read online and in print

    May 27, 2020

    Articles, in-depth analysis and insights from UNMAS, C-IED Centre of Excellence, Swiss Foundation for Mine Action, aunav by everis ADS, Wrexham Glyndŵr University, DynITEC, Terrogence, CBRNe Secure India et al. To view contents please visit this link: Counter-IED Report Spring-Summer 2020 – contents pages or subscribe here to receive eBook. We would like to thank all organisations and authors ...

  • Liberia: World Customs Organisation donates precursor chemicals and explosives testing kits to Revenue Authority

    May 27, 2020

    The Customs Department of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) has received a donation of testing kits for precursor chemicals and explosives from the World Customs Organization (WCO). The LRA says the equipment will be used by Customs to uncover smuggling of narcotic drugs, dangerous chemicals and other harmful substances into the country. The donation, valued at ...

  • Somalia cannot defeat terrorism without accountable security

    May 27, 2020

    Ahmed Muse Nur, the governor of Mudug, in Somalia’s Puntland State, was killed by the al-Shabab terrorist group on May 17, 2020. He was Somalia’s third regional governor killed by the group in less than a year. The group earlier killed the Governor of Nugal, Abdisalam Hassan Hirsi, on March 29, 2020, and the Governor ...

  • Butterfly landmines mapped by drones and machine learning

    May 27, 2020

    IEDs and so-called butterfly landmines could be detected over wide areas using drones and advanced machine learning, according to research from Binghamton University, State University at New York. The team had previously developed a method that allowed for the accurate detection of butterfly landmines using low-cost commercial drones equipped with infrared cameras. Their new research focuses on ...

  • Has Covid-19 increased the risk of bioterrorism?

    May 26, 2020

    The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed the vulnerability of global societies to biological threats, both natural and manmade, and their potential for disruption. In many parts of the world, the coronavirus has morphed into an invisible enemy, capable of hiding within our ranks and multiplying in secret, before exploding onto the surface. The crisis has prompted unfounded accusations ...

  • Finland: Blast injures two police officers in Espoo

    May 26, 2020

    Two Police officers were injured in an explosion in a flat in Espoo, Finland, on Monday, reports Helsingin Sanomat. Western Uusimaa Police Department revealed before 11pm yesterday that the explosion took place at around 8.30pm in a flat that was the target of a routine operation involving several police officers in Mäkkylä, Espoo. There are presently no ...

  • Iraq: Islamic State Using Video Game Controller Bombs Against Yazidis

    May 26, 2020

    Bomb detection units in Iraq uncovered a plot by the Islamic State to detonate bombs against Yazidi people hidden in video game controllers, a film highlighted by the UK Telegraph on Monday found. Telegraph, citing a newly released documentary, reported that should one of the controllers have been picked up and played with, four bombs would have detonated and ...

  • Syria: ISIS’ jihadi brides raise group’s black flag over Al Hawl refugee camp

    May 26, 2020

    Shocking footage from the notorious Al Hawl refugee camp shows former jihadi brides raising the ISIS flag amid fears the group could be making a resurgence. The women, wearing all black, a rule previously enforced by the terrorist group during its reign, caused chaos at the refugee facility that houses some of the most dangerous campmates. The ...

  • Somalia: AMISOM, Jubaland Security Forces Repel Al-Shabaab Attack in Dhobley

    May 26, 2020

    In the early hours of Monday, May 25, 2020, Jubaland Security Forces beat back Al-Shabaab militants who attacked their base and training center in Dhobley. Al-Shabaab lost several men and a range of weapons were left behind as they hastily retreated in defeat. About 20 Al-Shabaab terrorists attacked the base using rocket-propelled grenades and assault rifles ...

  • Colonel, 4 others killed in Yemen blast

    May 26, 2020

    A senior Yemeni security official was among five people killed in a bomb blast in the country’s eastern Hadhramaut province on Tuesday. An improvised explosive device targeted a vehicle carrying Colonel Saleh Ali Jaber — head of the security directorate of Shibam town — and four other people, local media reported. Mohammed Gezan, undersecretary of Yemen’s Information ...

  • Libya: UNSMIL condemns the use of Improvised Explosive Devices against the civilians in Tripoli

    May 26, 2020

    The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) is extremely concerned about reports that residents of the Ain Zara and Salahuddin areas of Tripoli have been killed or wounded by Improvised Explosive Devices placed in/near their homes. This grotesque transformation and deterioration of the conflict, has occurred while families were seeking the safety and comfort ...

  • UK: Bomb found under a Cambridgeshire road blown up by armed forces

    May 25, 2020

    Police officers and a bomb disposal team have safely detonated an old First World War era bomb over the bank holiday weekend. The explosive was discovered beneath a road bridge on the A1101 at Tydd Gote at 10am on Sunday morning (May 24). The bomb was first believed to be from the Second World War, and police ...

  • Thief robs Pennsylvania gun shop, leaves behind homemade bomb

    May 25, 2020

    A thief fled a Pennsylvania gun shop after stealing firearms and leaving a homemade bomb. It happened Wednesday at the Pickerel Inn near Dingmans Ferry. Six guns were stolen in the robbery, Pennsylvania State Police said, according to WNEP-TV. The thief was wearing a black mask and a camo tactical vest, and threatened the owners of the shop with a gun when they tried ...