News – November 2019


  • Car bomb kills at least 10 people near Syria’s border with Turkey

    November 23, 2019

    At least 10 people were killed and 25 wounded when a car bomb exploded on Saturday in a Syrian border town seized by Turkish-backed forces last month, witnesses and a rescuer said. Tel Abyad was one of two border towns that saw some of the heaviest fighting when Ankara launched its cross-border offensive on Oct. 9 ...

  • Nigerian DRDB and Indian DRDO sign MoU to produce IED detectors

    November 23, 2019

    The Defence Research and Development Bureau (DRDB) yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), with the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), India, to produce the Ramon Improvised Explosive Device (IED) materials detector with standoff at distance. With the agreement, the DRDB is free to make use of the DRDO’s photonics laboratory in India to produce the ...

  • 8 civilians killed, wounded in an explosion in Kapisa province

    November 23, 2019

    An explosion in Kapisa province killed 3 civilians and wounded 5 others, the local security officials said Saturday. Abdul Shayeq Shoresh Kohistani, a spokesman for the provincial headquarters confirmed that the explosion too place in Alasai district on Friday. He said the militants detonated a remote-controlled improvised explosive device in a market which killed 3 civilians and ...

  • Three police officers killed in bombing after renewed protests in Colombia

    November 23, 2019

    Three police officers have died in a bomb blast at a police station in Colombia, after thousands gathered for renewed protests in the capital, Bogota. Ten other officers were also injured in the explosion in Santander de Quilichao, a town in the southwestern province of Cauca which is a hotspot for drug trafficking and violence. It comes after three ...

  • UK Defence and Security Accelerator showcases protective material innovations

    November 22, 2019

    The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) will be showcasing the latest in protective transparent material innovations at an interactive event in December. Representatives from the Armed Forces, government, and industry will be able to see how they can benefit from recent developments in new robust, lightweight, high-performing, protective materials, which have the potential to offer better ...

  • US approves counter-IED tech sale to Australia

    November 22, 2019

    The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Australia of up to eight hundred fifty (850) Joint Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare Increment 1 Block 1 (JCREW I1B1) Systems and related equipment. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency recently delivered the required certification notifying Congress. Australia has requested to buy ...

  • Homemade bomb found at California high school parking lot

    November 21, 2019

    Police confirm that they found a homemade bomb at a San Jose high school. Authorities were called to Oak Grove High on Tuesday after a gardener found the device in some bushes in the student parking lot and took it to the administration building. Police tell the San Jose Mercury News that it was determined to be an improvised ...

  • Brazil Supports Demining Actions In Colombian Territory

    November 21, 2019

    Colombia is one of the most contaminated country with antipersonnel mines, resulting in more than 11,000 victims since 1990, according to the Colombian government’s Office of the High Commissioner for Peace. As of September 30, 2019, 356 Colombian municipalities were declared cleared of antipersonnel mines with the destruction or neutralization of 6,870 explosive devices. However, a ...

  • Strong global mine ban norm marred by improvised mines trend and high civilian casualties

    November 21, 2019

    Only one state not party to the Mine Ban Treaty—Myanmar—and a small number of non-state armed groups used landmines in 2018 according to Landmine Monitor 2019. The findings point to the resounding success of the treaty since it entered into force 20 years ago and to the global stigma against use of the weapon. Today there ...

  • Far-Right Terrorism Has Increased 320 Percent in Just 4 Years, Extremism Watchdog Warns

    November 20, 2019

    The annual report from conflict watchdog the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) has found that while the number of deaths from terrorism is falling, more countries were affected by terrorist violence in 2018 than in 2017. The 2019 Global Terrorism Index showed a general downwards trend in the number of attacks, deaths and economic damage ...

  • Meet the women on a mission to clear landmines

    November 20, 2019

    The province of Bamiyan was once on the front line of the Soviet-Afghan war, but it’ll soon be declared land mine free. The BBC’s Auliya Atrafi went to meet Afghanistan’s first all-female demining team to find out more about the dangerous work they do. Read more… Source: BBC  

  • Berlin terrorism suspect worked at primary school

    November 19, 2019

    Police in Berlin on Tuesday arrested a 26-year-old Syrian man accused of planning an Islamist attack, with prosecutors saying he had begun to acquire chemical materials for a bomb. The accused man, Abdullah H., exchanged instructions on ways to manufacture weapons and explosives with other suspected Islamists in a chat group on the Telegram messaging app, Berlin prosecutors ...

  • UN strengthens ties with Eurasia regional body to tackle terrorism and crime

    November 19, 2019

    The UN chief said these interconnected issues are important to the stability and security of SCO member states “Breaking up trafficking organizations and addressing the criminal use of fixed routes is crucial to countering movements of foreign terrorist fighters and arms, including to and from Iraq and Syria”, he said. “Our two organizations are also committed to ...

  • ‘New Hope’ as 38 More Colombian Municipalities Cleared of Landmines

    November 19, 2019

    Thirty-eight more Colombian municipalities are considered free of landmines and unexploded ordinance, President Ivan Duque said Tuesday, as civilian and military efforts to remove improvised explosives continue despite ongoing conflict in some areas. Colombia was once among the countries where people suffered the most injuries from landmines, one result of more than five decades of armed ...

  • Indonesia: Mass arrests after IS-linked suicide bombing

    November 18, 2019

    Indonesian police have arrested at least 43 suspected militants in relation to an attack on a police station last week. A suicide bomber with alleged links to “Islamic State” killed himself and wounded six others. Indonesian police arrested 43 suspected militants on Monday believed to be linked to a suicide attack last week. The suicide bomber killed himself ...

  • Army jawan killed, two others injured in IED blast along LoC in Akhnoor

    November 17, 2019

    One soldier was killed while two others were injured in a suspected improvised explosive device (IED) blast along the Line of Control (LoC) in Pallanwalla area of Jammu and Kashmir’s Akhnoor on Sunday, defence spokesperson said. As per sources, the blast took place when an Army team was patrolling the Pallanwalla area of Jammu district. Three army ...

  • Singapore: SAF to carry out on-site disposal of WWII bomb along Jiak Kim Street

    November 17, 2019

    An on-site controlled disposal of a World War II bomb found in a construction site along Jiak Kim Street will be carried out next week, police said in an advisory on Saturday (Nov 16). The authorities said they first learned of the war relic at about 2.30pm on Nov 12, after it was discovered during excavation ...

  • NZ Defence Force say firing range was cleared before Afghan children died

    November 17, 2019

    The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) says a firing range was cleared the year before seven children died from a device allegedly left behind on a NZDF firing range in Afghanistan. A Stuff Circuit investigation has revealed 17 civilians were either killed or injured in 2014 in connection with an unexploded ordnance left on New Zealand’s ...

  • Blast in Balochistan

    November 17, 2019

    Pakistan’s relative calm is now occasionally breached with blasts or targeted killings in Balochistan. On Friday, it was again in the grip of bloodshed when two Frontier Corps (FC) personnel were martyred and five others injured in an explosion in Quetta’s Kuchlak area. The explosion is believed to be caused by an improvised explosive device ...

  • The U.S. Marines Are Bringing Back World War II Crab Tanks

    November 16, 2019

    China already has them. Why does the U.S. need them? Simple: Take out the mines. At dawn on June 6, 1944, the German troops defending the Normandy beaches glimpsed a terrifying sight. Landing craft were disgorging M-4 Sherman tanks on the beaches. But these were no ordinary tanks: on their hulls were fitted rotating drums to which ...