News – November 2020


  • Manchester Arena inquiry: People were ‘let down’ on night of attack, police admit

    November 16, 2020

    British Transport Police (BTP) “let people down” on the night of the Manchester Arena attack when officers left the foyer where the bomb was set off unguarded, a senior officer has admitted. No police officer was in the City Room at the moment of the attack or for most of the time the bomber Salman Abedi ...

  • UK: Bomb squad called to Pagham beach after explosive found

    November 16, 2020

    Bomb disposal experts have carried out a controlled explosion on a West Sussex beach after ordnance was found there on Sunday (November 15th). The item was found by a member of the public at the entrance to Pagham Harbour, with coastguard teams from Selsey called out at just before 9am. The ordnance was located, photos were taken ...

  • EODGRU-1 completes NIEX, enhancing Ability to integrate with NECF, Fleet and Joint Forces

    November 16, 2020

    PORT HUENEME, Calif. (NNS) — Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group (EODGRU) 1 enhanced its ability to operate within the Navy Expeditionary Combat Force (NECF), fleet and Joint Forces by completing a Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) Integrated Exercise (NIEX) at Naval Base Ventura County-Port Hueneme, Calif., Nov. 13. The one-week exercise simulated EODGRU-1 commanding a deployed task ...

  • DASA UK Competition Update: Telexistence

    November 16, 2020

    This Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) competition, run on behalf of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), aims to develop and demonstrate the components of a telexistence solution to the defence and security community. There is the potential for this competition (Phase 1) to be followed by a second competition (Phase 2) which will ...

  • Afghanistan: Officials Defuse 2 IED, Saving Civilians ‘Lives’

    November 16, 2020

    Security forces have defused at least two Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) during a search in Urgon district of Paktika province, said the Ministry of Defense in a statement Monday. According to the authorities, the explosives were planted by the Taliban militants at the location, who are well known for their terrorist activities and plantation or roadside ...

  • Bangladesh: Another 15 arrested over torching of buses

    November 16, 2020

    Police yesterday arrested 15 more people in connection with the cases filed over arson attack on buses and subversive activities in the capital on Tuesday. With them, so far 47 people have been arrested since the incidents, said Walid Hossain, deputy commissioner, media and public relations of DMP. Police filed 16 cases with different police stations in ...

  • Roadside bomb explodes as rangers drive to a wedding in Southern Thailand

    November 16, 2020

    In the southern province of Narathawit, an area troubled by insurgency-related violence right on the Thai-Malaysia border, a bomb exploded as rangers were driving to a wedding. None of the soldiers were injured, but the bomb caused major damage to the pickup truck. Here’s is a longer explanation of the 2 decade-long southern insurgency. The bomb was ...

  • Similarities in Kabul, Peshawar terrorist attacks

    November 16, 2020

    Last month, a Kabul education centre was attacked by terrorists that killed 30 and injured 70. The education centre had students aged 16-25 yrs. Rush timings were selected for the attack while ISIL-Khorasan claimed responsibility for the deadly attack. The same strategy was adopted for the Peshawar IED blast conducted at a madrassa which left ...

  • An Iranian diplomat will go on trial accused of giving out bomb in Pizza Hut in terror plot

    November 15, 2020

    An Iranian diplomat will go on trial accused of handing over a powerful bomb to a couple in a Pizza Hut restaurant to detonate at an anti-Tehran rally. The diplomat, Assadollah Assadi, 48, who is believed to be a member of Iran’s intelligence service, will go on trial in Antwerp next week along with three other ...

  • Bomb squad called to ‘smoking package addressed to Nicola Sturgeon’ at Edinburgh Royal Mail office

    November 15, 2020

    Police Scotland, the Fire Service and the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit were called to the Sighthill delivery office on Cultins Road at around 10.30am on Saturday. The Scottish Sun are reporting that the package was ‘smouldering’ and had the First Minister’s name written on the front. Police Scotland said the building was partially evacuated “as a precaution” ...

  • Nigeria: Troops apprehend IEDs makers in North-East

    November 15, 2020

    The Defence Headquarters said the troops of Operation Fire Ball have overrun some Boko Haram/Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists and arrested their Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) makers in the North East. The Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brig.-Gen. Benard Onyeuko, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday. He said that the troops operating under Operation ...

  • Argentina escalates border security after tip about explosives

    November 15, 2020

    Argentina said on Saturday it would tighten security at its border with Paraguay after its embassy in the United Kingdom received an anonymous tip alerting authorities to the possibility of bomb-making materials entering across its northern border. The tip warned of a person seeking to ship ammonium nitrate from Paraguay to Argentina “for a bomb with ...

  • Abu Mohammed al-Masri, Al Qaeda’s No. 2, killed in US-Israel joint operation in Iran

    November 15, 2020

    The United States and Israel worked together to track and kill a senior Al Qaeda operative in Iran earlier this year, a bold intelligence operation by the two allied nations that came as the Trump administration was ramping up pressure on Tehran. Four current and former U.S. officials said Abu Mohammed al-Masri, Al Qaeda’s No. 2, ...

  • Europol: Traffickers supplying conflict zones with weapons and explosives disarmed in Spain

    November 14, 2020

    The criminal activity generated large profits, which were introduced into the legal economy. The criminal network had set up a well-organised money-laundering scheme which enabled them to invest their criminal proceeds in legal businesses. The profits were sent to tax havens before being sent to countries with lower financial accountability. The assets were then transferred ...

  • A Female Wannabe Martyr For The So-Called Islamic State Arrested In Spain

    November 13, 2020

    The young woman was planning to join terrorist fighters in Idlib, Syria The Spanish National Police (Policía Nacional), supported by Europol, arrested a young woman, inspired by jihadist terrorism, who was willing to join fighters for the so-called Islamic State in Syria’s Idlib area. The young woman, born and raised in Europe, had been rapidly radicalised showing ...

  • Afghanistan: Suicide car bomb blast in Kabul kills many soldiers

    November 13, 2020

    A suicide car bomb exploded at the western entry gate of the Afghan capital Kabul, killing at least three soldiers and wounding four others, an Afghan official said. The explosion on Friday targeted a government forces’ checkpoint near the gate of the capital Kabul, according to Interior Ministry spokesman Tariq Arian. No one immediately claimed responsibility, though ...

  • Cyprus: Homemade bomb damages businessman’s car in Limassol

    November 13, 2020

    Police in Limassol went on alert shortly after midnight on Friday after a bomb exploded in a car parked outside the owner’s house in Ekali area. Investigations showed that the explosion was due to the detonation of a home-made bomb placed in the car of the 60-year-old businessman who remains anonymous. The car suffered substantial damage. Read more… Source: ...

  • Crude bomb making activities increase in West Bengal as several blasts have taken place in the last few months: Read details

    November 13, 2020

    The political violence against the Opposition, especially members of BJP and Hindu organisations, has reached an unprecedented level in the State of West Bengal. From politically-motivated murders to staging suicides, the BJP has been at the receiving end of the high-handedness of the Trinamool Congress workers. Bolstered by political patronage, they have unleashed a state ...

  • UN votes to crack down on Somalia’s al-Shabab extremists

    November 13, 2020

    The U.N. Security Council voted Thursday to prevent the sale or shipment to Somalia of components of improvised explosive devices if there is “significant risk” they may be used to manufacture the often deadly devices that are increasingly being used in attacks by al-Shabab extremists. It also urged the Somali government to keep cracking down on ...

  • France says it has killed senior al Qaeda operative in Mali

    November 13, 2020

    French forces have killed Bah ag Moussa, a military leader of al Qaeda’s North Africa wing, during an operation in northeastern Mali, Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly said on Friday. The former Malian army colonel, also known as Bamoussa Diarra, was a right-hand man of Iyad Ag Ghali, the leader of Mali’s most prominent jihadi group, ...