News – May 2021


  • Eyes to the Sky

    May 31, 2021

    United States Central Command Area of Operations – Throughout the training pipeline, U.S. Marine Corps Infantrymen can expect to shoot countless rounds, hike endless miles, and navigate acres of land. They show up to the school of infantry where combat instructors are charged with ensuring the new Marines ‘Learn the Title’ and understand the concepts ...

  • One Dead, Ohio Man Explodes Garage after Making IED Explosive to Sell for Lawnmower

    May 31, 2021

    According to the sheriff’s department, the 55-year-old who lived on 1300 block of Clay Street in Jefferson Township was caught in the explosion. Deputies were called to the location on May 24 shortly after the explosion happened, when they arrived they found a detached garage located behind the residence was burnt to the ground, and ...

  • Nigeria: Two people injured in explosion in Port Harcourt

    May 31, 2021

    Police in Rivers State have confirmed that explosion rocked Mile 3 market in Port Harcourt City Local Government Area of the state. The incident which happened around 6:30am, Monday, was alleged to have left several people injured. The explosive believed to be dynamite had exploded when a shop owner had opened her shop in the market in ...

  • Jammu and Kashmir: IEDs defused in Pulwama

    May 31, 2021

    A joint team of the police, the Army and the CRPF today defused an improvised explosive device (IED) detected in a container, which was approximately 10 litres in capacity, at Panzgam village in Awantipora area of Pulwama district, officials in the security establishment said. Security forces received information about the presence of IED-like material alongside the ...

  • Afghanistan: 6 Killed as blast targets Khaaf Railway personnel in Herat

    May 30, 2021

    A roadside bomb killed six railway personnel in Afghanistan’s Herat province, an official said. Herat governor, Sayed Abdul Wahid Qatali said the incident took place around 2:45 PM on Saturday. Qatali added that the bomb targeted a vehicle carrying the Khaf railway personnel in the Ghorian District of Herat Province. Read more… Source: Khaama Press  

  • Philippines: Man arrested after 53 sacks of explosive chemicals, bomb-making materials seized

    May 29, 2021

    Police arrested a man and seized a large volume of explosive chemicals and materials for bomb-making during a raid Saturday morning in an island town of Olutanga, Zamboanga Sibugay, according to official. Col. Albert Larubis, Zamboanga Sibugay Provincial Police Office (ZSBPPO) director, identified the suspect as Buddy Pawaki Asamuddin, 45, a resident of Purok 1, Barangay ...

  • Shabaab mounts increased rate of attacks inside Kenya

    May 29, 2021

    Over the last several weeks, Shabaab, al Qaeda’s branch in East Africa, has conducted a bevy of attacks inside northeastern Kenya. Since the beginning of the year, the jihadist group has steadily claimed operations inside the country. Starting on May 21, three Kenyan police officers were killed by an improvised explosive device (IED) blast in Mandera ...

  • Lebanese Armed Forces, U.S. Naval Forces Complete Resolute Union 21

    May 28, 2021

    BEIRUT – The Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) and U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) participated in exercise Resolute Union (RU) 21, a bilateral explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) and maritime security operations exercise in Lebanon and the Mediterranean Sea, May 17-28. RU 21 is the capstone in a series of bilateral exercises between the LAF and U.S. ...

  • Turkey: 2 improvised explosives of PKK terrorists seized in eastern Bingol province

    May 28, 2021

    Turkish gendarmerie forces seized two improvised explosives belonging to the PKK terror group in the eastern Bingol province, a local authority said on Friday. The gendarmerie teams received the intelligence that explosives are buried in the rural areas of Yayladere village, a statement by the governor’s office said. During the ground survey conducted in the region as ...

  • Somalia: Bomb blast kills 3, wounds 7 in Baidoa city

    May 28, 2021

    At least three people, including civilians, were killed and seven others injured in southwestern Somalia on Friday in a bomb blast that targeted a busy market, according to an official. Abdiqani Mohamud, a police officer in Baidoa city, told Anadolu Agency that the explosion was caused by an improvised explosive device set to explode during the ...

  • Cambodia: Farmer killed and another injured in mines explosion

    May 28, 2021

    A farmer was killed and another was injured in a landmine explosion at their farm in Chamkar Chek village, Sung Commune in Somlot district at Battambang province yesterday. The incident happened about 2:30pm when the two farmers on their bulldozers were plowing their land for cultivation. One of the farmers identified as Born Sokea, 27 died on ...

  • Afghanistan: District Governor Wounded in Bomb Blast in Nangarhar

    May 27, 2021

    Sharifullah Fazli, the district governor of Kama, and two of his security guards were wounded in a blast in the eastern province of Nangarhar on Thursday morning, a security official, who wished not to be named, said. The incident happened in Behsud district in Nangarhar province when a magnetic IED bomb attached to the district governor’s ...

  • Spring/Summer 2021 edition of the Counter-IED Report magazine is now available to read online and in print

    May 26, 2021

    We are pleased to inform you that Spring/Summer 2021 edition of the Counter-IED Report is now available to read online and in print. Articles, in-depth analysis and insights from C-IED Centre of Excellence, GICHD, Counter Extremism Project, Med-Eng, 3DX-Ray, CBRN Secure India, iMFAD – Humanitarian Mine Action Association, C/O Futures, Leeds Beckett University Law School, et ...

  • Spain: Guardia Civil Destroy A Civil War Projectile Discovered In Granada

    May 26, 2021

    The Guardia Civil in Granada has carried out the controlled explosion of a 77-millimetre artillery shell from the Spanish Civil War that was found by a worker clearing out a farm in the Cortijo Balsaín, in the municipality of La Zubia, Granada. On finding the shell the worker immediately notified the Guardia Civil, who deployed a ...

  • India: ITBP Personnel Nuetralise 2 Pressure Cooker IEDs in Chhattisgarh

    May 26, 2021

    Chhattisgarh – Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) Kadenar in Narayanpur, found two pressure cooker IEDs near Chikhpal village today. ITBP later neutralized the IEDs. https://twitter.com/ANI/status/1397492188208975873 Source: ANI – Twitter  

  • Afghanistan: Taliban blow up a bridge in Nangarhar province

    May 26, 2021

    Officials in Nangarhar province say a Taliban blew up a bridge in the province, disrupting communications in at least four districts. The Nangarhar provincial press office told RFE / RL that the Taliban destroyed a bridge in the Bawli area of Sorkhrud district last night. According to officials, the bridge connected Sarkhroud, Hesarak, Shirzad and Khogyani districts. https://twitter.com/DaRadioAzadi/status/1397505739653099524 Read ...

  • What do we know about Hamas’ drones?

    May 26, 2021

    In the recent round of hostilities between Israel and Hamas, Israel had to contend with a growing drone threat from the Gaza Strip – not only detecting and mitigating the threats in the field, but on social media, where Hamas has released dramatic videos displaying their drone tactics and tooling. While Israel has previously dealt with ...

  • Abubakar Shekau – Battle for supremacy among Islamist groups bodes ill for Sahel

    May 26, 2021

    The Nigerian military says it is investigating claims that the Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau is dead. His death has not been independently confirmed. It is also not the first time a claim like this has been made. The reports have nevertheless raised questions about who has the upper hand in the region – Boko ...

  • National Guard Engineers train on Husky Mine Detection Vehicle

    May 26, 2021

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. — For most, crawling along in a training lane at less than 2 mph sounds grueling. For the men and women from Bravo Company, 898th Brigade Engineer Battalion, it’s a sense of normal after a very unusual year. “March was the unit’s first drill back in person after not being together for ...

  • Philippines: Massive blast kills 2 at government arsenal in Bataan

    May 26, 2021

    An explosion inside the government’s defense industrial complex in Limay, Bataan killed two people on Wednesday, officials said. The incident happened at past 10 a.m. inside one of the production units of the Government Arsenal, located inside Camp General Antonio Luna in Barangay Lamao, Limay, Bataan. Government Arsenal Director Arnel Rafael Depakakibo said the blast killed Ricardo ...

  • South Korean, U.S. troops conduct combined explosive ordnance disposal training

    May 25, 2021

    Dozens of South Korean and American troops conducted joint explosive ordnance disposal training Tuesday to hone bomb disposal skills in various settings and to improve interoperability, the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said. The training took place at the Naval Logistics Command in the southeastern city of Changwon, involving around 80 service members from three branches ...

  • Cambodia: Some 100 UXOs found in Choam Ksan district

    May 25, 2021

    Police in Preah Vihear province in collaboration with the Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC)’s demining unit on Sunday removed 100 unexploded ordnances which were found buried in a villager’s farm at the Cambodian-Thai-Border in Choam Ksan district. Choam Ksan district deputy police chief, Major Mao Vann said that about 11am on Sunday, a farmer in ...

  • US Commits to Support Clearing Unexploded WW2 Bombs

    May 25, 2021

    The United States says they have a longstanding commitment to helping Solomon Islands address unexploded ordinance (UXO) contamination left over from World War 2. The US Embassy in Port Moresby told Solomon Times Online that over the past decade, they have invested more than $6 million in support of the Solomon Islands government’s effort to survey ...

  • UK to send 250 specialist troops to Somalia to battle Al Shabab

    May 24, 2021

    Britain is to send 250 troops to Somalia as the country battles against Al Shabab terrorists. The move, to take place “within the next 12 months:”, will represent the first official engagement of the new Army Ranger regiment. It comes just months after the creation of the Special Operation Brigade was announced by former SAS commander ...

  • Pakistan: At least 5 injured in blast at Quetta’s Qambrani Road

    May 24, 2021

    At least five people were injured in a blast at Quetta’s Qambrani Road on Monday, according to Balochistan government spokesperson Liaquat Shahwani. Police officials and rescue teams rushed to the scene after receiving information of the incident. The injured have been shifted to Civil Hospital. SP Sariab Akhlaqullah Tarar told Dawn.com the explosion was caused by an ...

  • Afghanistan: Taliban killed, female suicide bomber explodes ‘before reaching target’

    May 24, 2021

    At least eight Taliban insurgents, including Pakistani fighters, have been killed and four others wounded in clashes between Afghan forces and the Taliban in Nangarhar’s Achin and Spinghar districts. This comes as a female suicide bomber and three of her accompanying affiliates were killed before reaching her target in Faryab province. Officials on Monday said, the woman ...

  • UK: Survey of explosives contamination in the environment

    May 24, 2021

    Scientists from the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) will shortly conduct an environmental survey across a number of different locations to detect and identify traces of explosives that are present in the general environment. The data is used to understand the level of explosive traces in our environment and can be used to interpret ...