News – May 2023

  • Nigeria: Multi-National Joint Task Force troops eliminate 55 terrorists, destroy VBIEDs

    May 31, 2023

    At least 55 terrorists including several top Commanders from the Islamic State of the West African province (ISWAP) were killed by the troops of the Multi-National Joint Task (MNJTF), Force in the Fringes of Arege in Malam Fatori, in Abadam Local Government Area of Borno State. Sources have said. The troops also successfully destroyed 13 vehicles ...

  • From explosive quadcopters to flying bombs: How drone warfare is evolving during the war in Ukraine

    May 31, 2023

    The presence of pilotless vehicles fills the skies over Ukraine. Drones have become a ubiquitous part of the war in Ukraine. Both Russia and Ukraine are using drones in this war to remotely locate targets and drop bombs, among other purposes. From tiny quadcopters buzzing over frontline trenches with cameras and grenades to flying bombs lugging ...

  • Pakistan: 5 Army personnel injured in explosion in North Waziristan

    May 31, 2023

    At least five Pakistani army forces and a child were injured in a roadside bomb explosion that took place in the Khadi area of North Waziristan on Tuesday, police said. According to local sources, the Pakistani army and security forces have surrounded the area and are searching for the attackers. The army has not yet commented ...

  • South Sudan struggles to clear mines after decades of war as people start returning home

    May 31, 2023

    For the first time since fleeing South Sudan’s civil war eight years ago, Jacob Wani returned home excited to rebuild his life. But when the 45-year-old farmer tried to access his land in Eastern Equatoria state’s Magwi County, he was banned, told that it had been labeled hazardous and contaminated with mines. Read more… Source: ABC News  

  • Ireland: Investigations continue as army bomb team declares fatal explosion site safe

    May 30, 2023

    The site of yesterday’s explosion in West Europe has been declared safe by the Army Bomb Disposal team that attended the scene last evening. Gardaí say continue to investigate all the circumstances surrounding the explosion in Brinlack, near Bunbeg, in which Stephen Montgomery, who was in his 40s, lost his life. Read more… Source: Highland Radio  

  • Drones hit Moscow high-rises as Kyiv struck for third day

    May 30, 2023

    A swarm of drones hit Moscow on Tuesday in an unprecedented attack, while Russian drones struck Kyiv for a third straight day as Ukraine gears up for a major offensive against Russian forces. The Russian defence ministry blamed Kyiv for the attacks that saw three drones crash into residential buildings in Moscow. Read more… Source: Yahoo! News  

  • Afghanistan: Mine explosion kills three children, injures one in Wardak

    May 29, 2023

    At least three children were killed and another injured in mine explosions, left over from past wars in Wardak province of Afghanistan, a provincial official said on Monday. The children were killed and injured in two incidents in the same province. The first happened when three children found a toy-like explosive device in Sayed Abad district ...

  • Nigeria: National Drug Law Enforcement Agency seizes IEDs enroute bandits camp in Niger state

    May 29, 2023

    The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), has intercepted a consignment of 32 pieces of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), on its way to bandits’ camp in Niger. The Director, Media and Advocacy, NDLEA, Mr Femi Babafemi said this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja. Read more… Source: 21st Century Chronicle  

  • Mali: Three Bangladeshi peacekeepers injured in IED attack in Timbuktu Region

    May 29, 2023

    Three Bangladeshi peacekeepers were injured when a motorcade of a patrol team under Bangladesh Formed Police Unit (BANFPU-2) came under attack by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Mali on Sunday morning. The Armoured personnel Carrier (APC), which was carrying the policemen, was also damaged in the incident, says a press release issued from Police headquarters ...

  • Ireland: Armed gardai to be deployed amid violence fears over €1.7 million drug debt

    May 29, 2023

    Armed gardai are to be deployed amid fears of a major escalation in violence linked to a bitter feud centred on a €1.7 million drug debt. Officers in Tallaght, South Co Dublin, are on high alert following a spate of recent incidents and the discovery of a pipe bomb inadvertently brought into the local garda station ...

  • Cambodia: Soldier injured while trying to save Thai woman from landmine

    May 29, 2023

    The Cambodian soldier was injured while trying to save the Thai woman who accidentally crossed into Cambodian territory in Kork Romiet commune while collecting fruit and stepping on a landmine and losing her right leg. Major Lon Bunsoeun, Deputy Police Chief of Thmar Puok district, said that the Thai woman named Samrit Rouyrim, 46, a resident ...

  • Yemen: Explosive Devices Cause 121 Casualties in Q1

    May 28, 2023

    There are millions of landmines and unexploded ordnance scattered across the country, and these weapons will continue to kill and maim civilians for years to come. On Saturday, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) informed that landmines and unexploded ordnance (UXOs) caused 121 civilian casualties in Yemen during the first quarter ...

  • Afghanistan: 16 injured in explosion in Pole-Khomri city of Baghlan province

    May 27, 2023

    At least 16 people were injured in a heavy explosion in Baghlan province in the north of the country, officials reported on Saturday. According to the report, 16 people were injured in the explosion, which was taken place in Pole-Khomri city of Baghlan province in the north of Afghanistan. The injured people were taken to the ...

  • Pakistan: 19 injured due to IED blast in DI Khan

    May 27, 2023

    At least 19 security personnel were injured due to an improvised explosive device blast near Security forces’ convoy in Cheh Kan area of Dera Ismail Khan today. According to the Police, the convoy was enroute to South Waziristan when terrorists targeted the security forces. Read more… Source: Radio Pakistan  

  • Yemen: Two children killed by an explosion of remnant of aggression in Jawf

    May 27, 2023

    Two siblings children were killed on Saturday by the explosion of an object left behind by the aggression remnants in al-Maslub district in Jawf province. A local source told Yemen News Agency (SABA) that two sibling children were killed and two others injured by an explosion of an object from the aggression remnants in the area ...

  • Russia: Oil pipeline administrative building damaged by explosion in Pskov Region

    May 27, 2023

    An explosion occurred in Pskov Region’s Nevelsky District Saturday morning, damaging an oil pipeline administrative building, Governor Mikhail Vedernikov reported, adding that no one was injured in the incident. “According to preliminary information, the building was damaged in an attack of two drones. Final conclusions will be available after the investigative group provides its results,” the ...

  • For Ukraine Military, Far-Right Russian Volunteers Make for Worrisome Allies

    May 26, 2023

    A group of fighters aligned with Ukraine, who had participated earlier this week in the most intense fighting inside Russia’s borders since the invasion, gathered the foreign and local press in an undisclosed location on Wednesday to celebrate, to taunt the Kremlin and to show off what they called “military trophies” from their incursion into ...

  • Philippines: Army, PNP foil bomb try in Cotabato City

    May 25, 2023

    Military and police bomb experts safely deactivated at dawn on Thursday, May 25, two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) left near the main gate of the Husky Bus passenger terminal here. Police Col. Querubin Manalang Jr., city police director, said the plastic bag containing the powerful IED and a secondary bomb inserted in another plastic container were ...

  • India: Man killed, wife injured in IED explosion in West Singhbhum

    May 25, 2023

    An Improvised Explosive Device (IED) that was planted in a forest by CPI(Maoist) in Jharkhand’s West Singhbhum district exploded killing a man and injuring his wife, a senior police officer said on Thursday. The victim has been identified as 50-year-old Kande Laguri, a resident of Luiya village, who along with his wife had on Wednesday gone ...

  • Spring/Summer 2023 edition of the Counter-IED Report magazine is now available to read online and in print

    May 25, 2023

    We are pleased to inform you that Spring/Summer 2023 edition of the Counter-IED Report magazine is now available to read online and in print. Articles, in-depth analysis and insights from Irregular Warfare Technical Support Directorate (IWTSD), C-IED Centre of Excellence, Assessed Mitigation Options (AMO) consultancy, CBRNe Secure India, 3DX-Ray Ltd, Safe Pro Group, SENSYS GmbH, Teledyne ...

  • Pakistan: Suicide bomber kills four at checkpoint in North Waziristan

    May 24, 2023

    A suicide bomber killed four people when he detonated a car bomb at a police checkpoint in a marketplace in northwest Pakistan on Wednesday, officials said. Pakistan is grappling with an uptick in militancy since the Taliban returned to power in neighbouring Afghanistan, although the latest attack has not yet been claimed by any group. Read more… Source: ...

  • Russia Claims Ukrainian Drone Boats Attacked Its Navy Ship Off Turkey

    May 24, 2023

    Russia’s Defense Ministry (MoD) on Wednesday released a video it claims shows the destruction of a Ukrainian uncrewed surface vessel (USV) attempting to attack the Project 18280 Yuriy Ivanov class intelligence ship Ivan Khurs in the Black Sea about 90 miles northeast of Turkey’s Bosphorus Strait. The video, published by the MoD’s official Zvezdanews outlet, shows ...

  • India: Fox-hole IEDs with 50 kg explosives found by security forces in Chhattisgarh

    May 24, 2023

    A major Maoist attack was averted by the security forces after they found Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) containing around 50 kilogram of explosives buried under a road in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district Wednesday. The IEDs were spotted by a team of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on the Avapalli-Basaguda road near the Durga temple in Bijapur district ...

  • Saskatchewan RCMP bomb squad disposes of explosives found in abandoned building

    May 23, 2023

    The Saskatchewan  RCMP’s bomb squad has dealt with a number of potentially explosive situations so far in 2023. According to a media release Tuesday, the Explosives Disposal Unit has responded to more than 10 calls this year involving abandoned explosives, ammunition and flares. The photo showed explosives that were found in an abandoned, remote building in ...