News – May 2020


  • Taliban Spring Offensive Launched, According to Afghan Officials

    May 18, 2020

    A car bomb attack on an intelligence base in central Ghazni province in Afghanistan early Monday morning killed at least seven members of the security forces and wounded 40 others. Dr. Baser Ramaki, head of the Ghazni provincial hospital that received both the bodies and the wounded, confirmed the number to VOA. Provincial officials say the ...

  • Jammu and Kashmir: Hizb IED expert killed in Doda encounter, army jawan martyred

    May 17, 2020

    An Improvised Explosive Device (IED) expert of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen was killed in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir’s Doda on Sunday. However, a soldier of 10 RR was martyred in the five-hour encounter in the Gundana area of the district. Following the killing of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen’s operational chief of J&K, Riyaz Naikoo, the terror outfit received a major jolt ...

  • Kenya launches airstrikes against Al-Shabaab after militants attack Wajir village

    May 17, 2020

    The Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) launched sustained overnight airstrikes targeting Al-Shabaab militants following an attack at Khorof Kharar Police Post in Wajir on Saturday morning. According to a security official, the airstrikes were directed at possible hideouts of the militants along the Kenya-Somalia border. In an interview with the Nation, Wajir County Commander Thomas Ngeywa said that ...

  • Somalia: Governor killed in suicide bombing claimed by al-Shabab

    May 17, 2020

    The governor of the Mudug region in Somalia’s Puntland has been killed along with three of his bodyguards in a suicide car bombing claimed by armed group al-Shabab, according to the police and a security official. “A suicide car bomb hit the governor’s car. Governor Ahmed Muse Nur and three of his bodyguards died,” police captain ...

  • Glenville-based New York Army National Guard Bomb Disposal Soldiers Heading To Canada For Training

    May 16, 2020

    Twenty-five New York Army National Guard Soldiers who specialize in bomb disposal will be heading to Goosebay, Ontario on Saturday to help their Canadian Forces counterparts remove old bombs from a former training area. Members of the 1108th Ordnance Company (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) will be available to talk to reporters about their upcoming mission and demonstrate ...

  • Over a dozen Iraqi forces, civilians killed or wounded in ISIS attacks in 4 provinces

    May 16, 2020

    Members of the so-called Islamic State launched a series of new attacks on Iraqi security forces and the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) on Friday in Kirkuk, Diyala, Salahuddin, and Baghdad provinces, resulting in several casualties, informed sources said on Saturday. This marks the latest wave of attacks by the terrorist group, which has mainly focused its operations ...

  • India: For the first time, four remote-control IEDs detected in Maoist-hit Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada

    May 16, 2020

    The security forces have detected four remote-controlled improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in an edgy district of Dantewada, about 450 km from Raipur. “It’s for the first time such remote controlled IEDs were being planted by the Maoists in the conflict zone of Bastar. A combined team of 300 personnel from Dantewada district reserve guards, Special Task ...

  • Landmine explosion kills farmer in Cambodia

    May 16, 2020

    A farmer was killed following an accidental mine explosion in Oddar Meanchey province. The victim was said to have been plowing on farmland in the province’s Anlong Veng district when the tragedy happened. Heng Ratana, director-general of the Cambodian Mine Action Center (CMAC) said yesterday the accident took place at 2:30 pm on Wednesday when the ...

  • Terrorism along Pakistan – Iran border

    May 15, 2020

    Balochistan near the Pak-Iran border on May 8, killing one major of the Pakistan Army and five soldiers who were returning to their base after conducting a routine patrol in the area. The Balochistan Liberation Army, which has bases on Iranian soil, claimed responsibility for the attack. It was in the backdrop of this regrettable incident ...

  • Navy EOD and Dive Community Expands its Tactical Human Performance Program

    May 15, 2020

    Taking ideas and programs from top-tier professional sports teams, the Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center (NDSTC) is implementing several changes this year to increase functional performance, resiliency and cognitive capability while decreasing injury and accelerating the physical recovery of explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) technicians and Navy divers. Navy EOD technicians and divers may be known ...

  • Former Burnley soldier becomes patron of bomb disposal charity

    May 15, 2020

    Adnan Sarwar served with the Royal Engineers during two tours of Iraq, working in bomb disposal, mine clearance and as an armoured vehicle commander. He said being approached by the Felix Fund presented him with a chance to give something back to the ‘military family’ that help shaped his life. “In 2015, I went to the 75th ...

  • Coping with coronavirus in a war zone

    May 15, 2020

    Bombs, bullets, the constant threat of kidnap – and Covid-19. In Libya, a country torn apart by civil war, with a shattered health system, a man from Kent is one of the last international charity workers staying on to lead a team of 40 volunteers. “My life here is just one long threat assessment,” Liam Chivers ...

  • South Australia: Man pleads guilty to possessing ‘significant’ explosive device containing nails, gravel and rocks

    May 14, 2020

    The South Australian bomb squad described a firecracker containing almost 150 nails and rocks as an “improvised hand grenade” which was found in the possession of a man in Adelaide’s northern suburbs, a court has heard. The court was told that Kosznik was riding his bicycle when he was stopped by police and his backpack was ...

  • MPs Complete Site Exploitation Course

    May 14, 2020

    Two teams of Military Police gathered at the objective rally point next to the testing area. Air insertion placed them approximately 250 meters from the exploitation site. While junior Soldiers maintained security, noncommissioned officers from both teams looked over a map, formulating a plan to safely infiltrate the test area. The objective, two buildings containing role ...

  • UK: Upperton Road in Leicester closed as explosive device is pulled from Grand Union Canal

    May 14, 2020

    Officers from Leicestershire Police closed a road in Leicester last night after a suspected explosive device was pulled from the river. Officers closed a section of Upperton Road and Western Boulevard around Swan Bridge at around 6.35pm yesterday. A suspected explosive device had been pulled from the Grand Union Canal by magnet fishers Read more… Source: LeicestershireLive  

  • U.S. Army orders ground-penetrating radar system for detecting hidden IEDs

    May 13, 2020

    U.S. Army counter-land mine experts needed ground-penetrating radar systems to detect improvised explosive devices (IEDs) buried in roadways. They found their solution from Chemring Sensors and Electronics Systems (CSES) in Dulles, Va. Officials of the Army Contracting Command at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., announced a $200.2 million order to CSES on Monday to develop and build Husky Mounted ...

  • UK: Controlled explosion carried out on Lancing seafront

    May 13, 2020

    A bomb disposal team carried out a controlled explosion on Lancing seafront this morning. Police confirmed officers were notified of a suspected ordnance device being found on the beach near Western Road, Lancing, around 10am today. A cordon was set up as a precaution and the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) was called to carry out an assessment ...

  • US Pushes for Afghan Reconciliation Despite Terror Strikes

    May 13, 2020

    The United States is pressing the Afghan government and the Taliban insurgency to come together to bring to justice the perpetrators of Tuesday’s deadly terrorist strikes on a hospital and a funeral in Afghanistan. U.S. peace envoy for the country, Zalmay Khalilzad, stressed Wednesday that cooperation between the two Afghan adversaries “is necessary” to deal with ...

  • Countering Drones: Finding and neutralising small UAS threats – Phase 2

    May 12, 2020

    The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is looking for innovative solutions to address the increasing UAS threat to the defence and security of UK both at home and abroad. Please note this is the second phase of funding for a multi-phase competition. It is not compulsory to have been involved in previous phases to apply. You ...

  • Somalia: At Least 4 Hurt As Blast Targets Police Checkpoint in Mogadishu

    May 12, 2020

    At least two soldiers were reported to have been hurt in a hand grenade attack targeted a security checkpoint in Mogadishu, the Somali capital on Monday night. The attack took place at the Tarabunka junction, where Somali police search the vehicles as part of the security measures put in place in the capital by the Federal ...