News – May 2020


  • Two regional IS leaders killed in Syria: CENTCOM

    May 24, 2020

    US-led coalition forces and their Kurdish allies the Syrian Democratic Forces killed two regional Islamic State group leaders in a raid in eastern Syria this week, US Central Command announced on Friday. Ahmad ‘Isa Ismail al-Zawi and Ahmad ‘Abd Muhammad Hasan al-Jughayfi were killed in the May 17 joint raid on an IS position in Deir ...

  • Security experts worry about hand sanitizers on aircraft

    May 24, 2020

    Back in 1987, a liquor bottle filled with explosives and placed in a carry-on bag in an overhead bin helped terrorists crash a South Korean airliner. All 115 on board died. Then, in 1994, Al-Qaeda member Ramzi Yousef, architect of the first World Trade Center bombing, detonated liquid nitroglycerin that he had taken on board a ...

  • Russia: FSB terminates case against teen, who brought bomb to agency’s office and died in blast

    May 24, 2020

    Investigators of the Federal Security Service (FSB) have terminated a criminal case against a 17-year-old boy, who brought an explosive device to the agency’s regional office and died when it exploded, a law enforcement source told TASS. “FSB investigators carried out a thorough investigation as part of the terrorism case launched against the teenager. Investigators received ...

  • Somalia security remains volatile with 1,086 attacks recorded in four months

    May 23, 2020

    The security situation in Somalia remained volatile, with 1086 attacks by the al-Qaeda-linked militant recorded in the past four months of the year, according to a new report by the United Nations Secretary General released to the Security Council this week. “Al-Shabaab significantly increased its mortar attacks in Mogadishu… with 235 incidents in January, 274 in February, ...

  • UK: Sussex Police arrest man, 30, for possessing explosives

    May 22, 2020

    A man, 30, has been arrested on suspicion of possessing an ‘explosive substance’ after a bomb disposal squad raided a Brighton flat today. Police arrested the man, of no fixed address, after several containers suspected to hold petrol were discovered inside a flat. He was arrested on suspicion of possession of an explosive substance for an unlawful ...

  • US Navy Releases RFP for Medium Unmanned Underwater Vehicle

    May 22, 2020

    The Navy this week released a request for proposals for a Medium Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (MUUV) that is meant to streamline two existing unmanned systems into a single open architecture UUV. The RFP is for the design, development, test, and production of the MUUV, and the Navy notes it may award multiple contracts for this program. Today the explosive ...

  • Czechia: Home-Made Bomb Explodes In Man’s Bag At Brno Tram Stop

    May 22, 2020

    “The senior ended up with injuries in the care of surgeons in the hospital. It was fortunate that nobody else was injured in such a busy place. The scene of the incident between the tram islands was closed to pedestrians. Traffic in an important public transport hub was not disrupted,” said South Moravian Police Department ...

  • Police Scotland: Man arrested over bomb attack on off-duty officer in Co Londonderry

    May 21, 2020

    A man has been arrested in Scotland after a bomb attack on an off-duty police officer in Northern Ireland five years ago. He was detained in Glasgow on suspicion of attempted murder and possession of explosives with intent to endanger life. The suspect, 35, was held by Police Scotland officers in connection with the incident in ...

  • Eight Soldiers Killed in Pakistan’s Restive Balochistan Province

    May 21, 2020

    Seven Pakistani troops were killed by a roadside bomb and an eighth was shot dead by militants in separate May 19 attacks in the southwestern province of Balochistan near Iran, the Pakistani military says. “Seven soldiers, including a junior commissioned officer, were killed on Wednesday when their vehicle was targeted with a remote-controlled IED [improvised explosive ...

  • May 21, Anti-Terrorism Day: Throwback to five terror attacks that shook India

    May 21, 2020

    Anti-Terrorism Day is observed to mark the death anniversary of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi who was assassinated on this day in 1991. “So many nations have suffered due to terrorism. Terrorism is not a challenge to a nation, it’s a challenge to humanity.” – Prime Minister Narendra Modi On May 21, 1991, former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi ...

  • Children, women among 12 killed, wounded in Taliban IED attack in Zabul

    May 20, 2020

    An Improvised Explosive Device (IED) planted by Taliban militants, ripped through a civilian vehicle in Zabul province, killing or wounding at least 12 civilians. Tariq Arian, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Interior (MoI), said the Taliban militants had planted an Improvised Explosive Device on a roadside in Mizan district of Zabul. According to Arian, the bomb ...

  • Nigeria: 2 soldiers killed in terrorists ambush in Yobe

    May 20, 2020

    The Defence Headquarters said two soldiers have been killed in an Improvised Explosive Devise (IED), explosion planted by the Boko Haram terrorists along Buni-Gari in Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe State. Three soldiers were said to have sustained injuries in the explosion while a recovery truck, one troops carrying vehicle and a water tanker that ...

  • UK: Terror suspects could face indefinite curbs under new legislation

    May 20, 2020

    Court orders restricting the movements of suspected terrorists could be renewed indefinitely under new legislation unveiled by the government. The bill would lower the standard of proof to impose the orders, known as TPims, and remove the current two-year limit that applies to them. Suspects would also have to register all electronic devices at their home address. Read ...

  • Wagtail UK launches explosive detection dog services for air cargo

    May 20, 2020

    Wagtail UK has achieved government certification to provide explosive detection dog services for the UK air cargo industry. The company said that it had undertaken a “rigorous training programme” set out by the UK government to prepare its Free Running Explosive Detection Dogs (FREDD) for air cargo screening. Wagtail’s first dog to successfully achieve government certification, Ben, ...

  • Australia: Homemade explosive found near Rokeby-to-Neerim rail trail in Victoria’s Gippsland

    May 20, 2020

    A family on an evening walk has found an apparent homemade explosive device near a popular walking track in south eastern Victoria. Police are investigating after the “suspicious device” was found near the Rokeby-to-Neerim rail trail near Lavinia Street about 5.30pm on Saturday. The Bomb Response Unit attended the scene and removed the item. Read more… Source: 7news.com  

  • Spain: Lone wolf terror suspect planned to bomb Barcelona-Real Madrid football match using explosive-laden drone

    May 20, 2020

    A suspected ‘lone wolf’ terrorist had even plotting to bomb a Barcelona versus Real Madrid match using a drone. This is the claim of Spanish police, who say his plans were scuppered by the coronavirus lockdown. Instead he started wandering the streets  of Barcelona, reporting back to his ‘controller’ in Syria The shadow ISIS figure urged ...

  • Magnetic bomb planters arrested with the support of Kote Sangi residents: Kabul Police

    May 19, 2020

    The security forces arrested two militants who were planting magnetic improvised explosive devices (bombs) in Kote Sangi area of Kabul city. The Kabul Police Headquarters in a statement said the security forces arrested the two mine planters with the support of Kote Sangi resdients. The statement further added that the two mine planters were arrested as they ...

  • Mother Sends Masks to EOD Soldiers

    May 19, 2020

    Support for the military isn’t in short supply these days, but one service member’s mom went the extra mile to help U.S. service members and their partner nations and allies. Annette Frye helped make more than 1,000 masks for service members deployed overseas to the Middle East. “I reached out to my mom and said we ...

  • A Very Good Boy Named ‘The Dude’ Sniffs Out Bombs on Patrol with US Troops

    May 18, 2020

    Military Working Dogs can do anything U.S. troops do. A Belgian Malinois named “Conan” accompanied the U.S. Army’s Delta Force on a raid to take down ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Another Malinois named “Cairo” joined U.S. Navy SEALs on their daring raid on Osama bin Laden’s Abbottabad Compound. And then there’s The Dude, a working ...

  • At least 7 killed in suicide attack on spy agency in Afghanistan

    May 18, 2020

    A suicide bombing in Afghanistan’s south-eastern province of Ghazni left at least seven dead and wounded a further 40 people Monday, according to the provincial governor’s spokesman. The bomber detonated a Humvee vehicle inside a facility of the provincial intelligence agency’s special forces early Monday morning, spokesman Arif Noori said. The interior ministry in Kabul and a ...