News – May 2020


  • Could Airbus’s ‘E-Nose’ Put Bomb-Sniffing Dogs Out a Job?

    May 6, 2020

    If you’ve ever boarded an airplane for an international flight, you’ve likely come into direct contact with a very cute but very formidable bomb-sniffing dog. Once you’re on the airplane, though, the pooches aren’t typically along for the ride, meaning detection virtually ends at the security gate. To bridge the gap, aircraft manufacturer Airbus has partnered ...

  • Philippines: Troops recover arms, explosives after encounter with NPAs in Samar

    May 5, 2020

    Troops of 46th Infantry Battalion (46th IB) seized high-powered firearms, grenades, an improvised explosive device (IED), and other war materials after an encounter with alleged members of the New People’s Army (NPA) on Monday, May 4, in Pinabacdao, Samar. Lt. Col. Rhomel Langcauon, commanding officer of the 46IB, said the troops encountered the rebels while they ...

  • Defence Force signs up company to clear firing ranges in Afghanistan

    May 5, 2020

    The NZ Defence Force (NZDF) has enlisted a contractor to clear firing ranges used by Kiwi troops in Afghanistan. It was ordered by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in November to urgently clear the ranges following the Stuff Circuit investigation, Life + Limb. The investigation exposed the deaths and injuries of 17 civilians in nine separate incidents connected to New Zealand firing ranges in the ...

  • UK: Bomb disposal squad at Warwick Way, Kings Hill after unexploded device discovered on building site

    May 5, 2020

    An Army Bomb Disposal team is on site at Warwick Way, Kings Hill after an unexploded device was discovered on a building site. A 200 metre cordon was put in place last night after a Second World War bomb was unearthed, near Maidstone, at 4.30pm. The Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team is constructing a cage around the bomb where ...

  • Armenian Military Engineers Cleared 37.6 Acres Of Syrian Land Since Feb 2019 – Authorities

    May 5, 2020

    Armenian military engineers have demined 15.2 hectares (37.6 acres) of territory in Syria since February 2019, the Armenian Center for Humanitarian Demining and Expertise said on Tuesday. On February 8, 2019, an Armenian humanitarian mission of 83 people began work in Syria’s Aleppo city. It was set to demine territories outside the combat zone, inform the population about mines and provide medical assistance to the residents ...

  • Sinai: Prosperity over terror

    May 5, 2020

    Over the course of three major operations — Eagle, Martyr’s Right and the expanded Comprehensive Operation Sinai 2018 — Egypt’s counter-terrorist campaign has scored many successes, not least the decline in the number of terrorist attacks in Sinai. But it is a long and ongoing battle, as Military Spokesman Tamer Al-Refai told the press this ...

  • Purdue quantum research receives Department of Defense funding

    May 4, 2020

    Research into quantum techniques to more quickly detect explosives and exotic types of quantum camouflage have received funding from the U.S. Department of Defense’s 2020 Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) program. The four faculty members who have been awarded projects in the competitive funding program are members of the Purdue Quantum Science and Engineering Institute in ...

  • Colorado Lockdown Protester Arrested For Possession Of Pipe Bombs

    May 4, 2020

    A 53-year-old Colorado man who was planning an armed protest against his state’s coronavirus restrictions was arrested by federal agents for allegedly possessing four pipe bombs in his home, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said Monday. The man, Bradley Bunn, was arrested by agents at his home in Loveland, Colorado, after FBI and Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearm and ...

  • The Netherlands: Suspects of German ATM bombing arrested in Weert; explosive in car

    May 4, 2020

    Two persons suspected of an attempted ATM bombing in Germany were arrested in Weert in Limburg during the early hours of Monday morning. An explosive was found in the car the suspects used, the police said in a statement. The explosive was safely disposed of by the police’s explosive removal department. The attempted ATM bombing happened ...

  • UK: Weapons and drugs haul discovery as Cheshire police probe rise in gangland crime

    May 4, 2020

    Detectives raided an address in Orford, Warrington, on Saturday and recovered the illegal hauls, leading to the arrest of a 30-year-old man. The property, on Hume Street, is less than two miles from where a man was shot at a house in Poplars Avenue, 10 days ago. The gunman fired bullets towards the address and the victim, 55, suffered wounds to his leg ...

  • Bomb blast injures 4 power workers in Kabul, Afghanistan

    May 4, 2020

    Four Afghan high-voltage electricity workers were injured in a bomb attack near a power pylon in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul on Monday, authorities said. Terrorists detonated a bomb and damaged a power pylon in Police District 17, north of Kabul last night. Personnel of Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat tried to repair the damaged tower and were hurt ...

  • UK: Bomb Disposal Team Carried Out A Controlled Explosion On Weymouth Beach

    May 4, 2020

    A bomb disposal team were called out on Saturday after a woman dug up an unexploded World War Two bomb in her garden in Weymouth. Lulu Cirillo who lives in Abbotsbury Road didn’t know what she had found at first. She called the police after posting pictures on Facebook when people suggested it could be a bomb. A ...

  • Iraq launches ‘Desert Lions’ offensive against IS sleeper cells

    May 4, 2020

    Iraq on Monday announced the launch of a new offensive against Islamic State group militants, after a string of attacks on security forces this week. Dubbed ‘Desert Lions’, the military operation aims to target IS sleeper cells in the desert areas of the country, a statement announced. “Under the supervision of the Joint Operations Command, Operation Desert Lions will search the ...

  • India: CRPF upgrading IED detection equipment to avoid casualties

    May 3, 2020

    With growing number of deaths of its troopers in blasts – a new strategy adopted by Maoists – in the last few years, the CRPF is in the process of upgrading their Improvised Explosive Device (IED) detection equipment and Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) unit to avoid casualties of their troopers in the Maoist-affected areas. These equipment ...

  • West Bengal: TMC supporter arrested after 153 crude bombs were recovered from his backyard

    May 3, 2020

    On Friday, the Bhagwanpur police had reportedly recovered 153 crude bombs from the backyard of one local resident and Trinamool Congress (TMC) supporter named Sheikh Kasemuddin in Lalpur village of East Midnapore District in West Bengal. Four people were arrested in connection with the case. While three of them were released after initial questioning, Kasemuddin was produced before ...

  • India: Huge quantity of explosives recovered in Gaya, Bihar

    May 3, 2020

    Police today recovered huge quantity of explosives from Koleshwari forest under Barachatti police station area in Gaya district. Commandant of Cobra battalion 205, Dilip Srivastav said here that during the search operation, three powerful Improvised Explosives Device (IED) of 12 Kg each were recovered from Chakanwa hills in Koleshwari forest. Huge quantity of gelatin, iron plates, 25 ...

  • 14kg of dangerous substances and improvised bomb found at abandoned school site in Hong Kong

    May 2, 2020

    Hong Kong police found 14kg of dangerous substances and an improvised bomb at an abandoned school in eastern Kowloon on Saturday, with a senior officer saying some of the chemicals appeared to be from the campus of Polytechnic University occupied by protesters last year. The disused site on Choi Shek Road in Ngau Tau Kok had ...

  • French Foreign Legion soldier dies from injuries after anti-jihadist operation in Mali

    May 2, 2020

    A French Foreign Legion soldier who was fighting in Mali died on Friday from his injuries in an IED attack, the Élysée Palace announced in a press release on Saturday. Brigadier Dymyto Martynyouk was struck by an improvised explosive device during an “operation against terrorist groups” on April 23, the French presidential office said. He died at ...

  • Postal workers in Alicante on Spain’s Costa Blanca find explosive device destined for Mallorca

    May 1, 2020

    Explosives Deactivation Unit (TEDAX-NRBQ) of the Provincial Police Station of Alicante was immediately alerted, and the parcel was isolated. National Police have since arrested a 42-year-old Spanish man in the city, who faces charges of possession of explosives and public disorder. Once security measures were put in place, the explosive experts analysed the package and discovered a ...

  • UK Defence Agency Plans To 3D Print High Explosives

    March 16, 2020

    The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL), an executive agency sponsored by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) of the UK, has started to develop 3D printed explosives. The project aims to create new possibilities for various explosive effects using intricate designs enabled by 3D printing, and also to reduce transportation and storage costs. Applying additive manufacturing to produce new energetic formulations ...