News – November 2020


  • UN: Landmine toll still high amid concerns over COVID-19 impact on clearance efforts

    November 12, 2020

    According to the Landmine Monitor 2020, more than 80 per cent of the world – 164 countries – have adopted the Mine Ban Treaty 23 years after it was drafted and signed, and most of the 33 countries that are not bound by it, comply nonetheless. Despite this achievement, long-running conflicts continue to cause mainly civilian ...

  • Russian military police convoy comes under attack in southern Syria

    November 12, 2020

    The Russian military police came under attack on Thursday, while traveling through the eastern countryside of Daraa in Syria’s southern region. According to a report from the Syrian Armed Forces, the Russian military police were traveling west from the town of Al-Karak on Thursday, when a roadside bomb was detonated along a roadway near the Al-Sweida ...

  • Netherlands supports humanitarian demining in Ukraine

    November 12, 2020

    Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Ukraine Jennes de Mol said this to an Ukrinform correspondent in The Hague. “A new program of the Dutch government sets a very ambitious goal – a mine-free world by 2025. In Ukraine, we support the HALO Trust , which employs more ...

  • UK: New law planned to make all businesses assess their risk of terrorist attack

    November 12, 2020

    The government is planning to introduce a new law to force all businesses to assess their risk of a terrorist attack and take measures to cope with the threat. Details of the new legislation emerged at the inquiry into the Manchester Arena bombing, where Shaun Hipgrave – from the government’s Office for Security and Counter Terrorism ...

  • Blast Kills Afghan Journalist Working for US Media Outlet

    November 12, 2020

    A bomb explosion in Afghanistan’s volatile southern Helmand province Thursday killed a reporter working for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Afghan Service, Radio Azadi. Afghan officials said the slain journalist, Elyas Dayee, and his brother were traveling to the press club in Lashkargah, the provincial capital, when a “magnetic” explosive device ripped through their car. The blast ...

  • Nigerian Army Releases Names of 86 People Wanted for Terrorism

    November 11, 2020

    The Nigerian Army on Wednesday released a list of 86 persons wanted in connection with act of terrorist. They were alleged to be members of the notorious Boko Haram terror group. The latest release was the fourth in such releases as the military authorities had in the past rolled out lists of wanted terrorist. The latest list ...

  • Laos clears over 800 bomblets in country’s south

    November 11, 2020

    Mines Advisory Group (MAG) Laos has cleared more than 500,000 square meters of land in two villages of Yommalath district, Khammuan province, with over 800 bomblets and items destroyed. According to local daily Vientiane Times on Wednesday (Nov 11), the latest project results were reported at the Conclusion Meeting on Progress Made in UXO Clearance in ...

  • Unstable homemade bomb found in abandoned trailer, California deputies say

    November 11, 2020

    A disturbance led to the discovery Monday night of an abandoned trailer with unstable homemade explosives inside, California officials say. San Benito County sheriff’s deputies found someone had connected 20 fireworks inside the trailer on Sunnyslope Road to create a larger explosive, KSBW reported. X-rays of the device by the Monterey County sheriff’s bomb squad, which had ...

  • Afghanistan: Two policemen killed in early morning Kabul explosion

    November 11, 2020

    Two policemen were killed and another wounded in an early morning magnetic IED explosion in Kabul city. The incident happened in Khair Khana area, in PD11. Early reports indicate that an explosive device had been attached to the police Ranger vehicle. In a separate attack, police confirmed two Afghan National Army soldiers were killed by unknown gunmen ...

  • Special forces bomb disposal expert rates 10 bomb disposal scenes in movies and TV

    November 11, 2020

    EOD expert Lloyd Davies rates the realism of bomb-disposal scenes in popular movies and TV shows. Davies addresses land mines in the TV show “SEAL Team” (2018) and other improvised explosive devices in “The Hurt Locker” (2008), “Die Hard with a Vengeance” (1995), and “Bodyguard” (2018). He breaks down the “red wire, blue wire” movie device from ...

  • Several injured in ‘bomb attack’ on Armistice Day ceremony at Saudi cemetery

    November 11, 2020

    Several people were wounded Wednesday in what French officials described as a “bomb attack” targeting a World War I commemoration ceremony attended by European diplomats at a non-Muslim cemetery in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. France’s Foreign Ministry said the attack had taken place at a ceremony marking the end of World War I and that several people ...

  • Security Officials Avoid Booby Trap Targeted Residence in Kabul

    November 10, 2020

    Unidentified man planted a grenade on the main gate of a residence in Jangalak area of ​​Kabul’s seventh district, said local police on Tuesday morning, which was discovered and safely defused. On the other hand, Faryab Governor, Naqibullah Faiq, told media that four policemen were killed and eight civilians and 12 other members of ANP were ...

  • ICOR Technology Introduces CALIBER® Flex: “Our Smartest, Most Advanced Robot Yet”

    November 10, 2020

    Highly innovative Flex marks 15th anniversary for Canadian robotics manufacturer for EOD and SWAT communities Press release   November 9, 2020 (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)— ICOR Technology, a Canadian manufacturer of EOD and SWAT robotics used in more than 55 countries worldwide, is proud to announce the launch of its newest robot: the CALIBER® Flex. The Flex becomes the fifth ...

  • Key Al-Qaida Leader Killed in Western Afghanistan

    November 10, 2020

    Authorities in Afghanistan said Tuesday an intelligence-led security operation had killed a key al-Qaida leader in a western region close to the Iranian border. The Afghan spy agency, the National Directorate of Security, identified the slain man as Mohammad Hanif, also known as Abdullah, and said he was linked to the terror network’s regional affiliate, al-Qaida ...

  • Falkland Islands finally cleared of landmines after 1982 war

    November 10, 2020

    Almost 40 years after the Falklands War ended, the islands have been cleared of the deadly minefields laid during the conflict. The legacy of the 1982 war with the occupying Argentine forces had meant large areas of the islands had been off-limits. https://twitter.com/FCDOGovUK/status/1326103564637310976?s=20 Read more… Source: MSN Related story: Herefordshire company’s crucial role in clearing the Falkland Islands of landmines  

  • Nebraska: Explosive device found in vehicle following crash – LPD

    November 9, 2020

    An IED, or improvised explosive device, was found inside a vehicle that had been involved in a crash in Lincoln. On Saturday, Lincoln Police said Desmond Hauser, 35, suffered a medical episode and crashed his vehicle into a light pole near 48th and Cleveland Streets. Hauser only suffered minor injuries. Upon arriving on scene, Lincoln Fire and Rescue ...

  • UK: Grenade found at Black Ven is blown up

    November 9, 2020

    An old grenade found on a west Dorset beach was blown up in a controlled explosion. The item, believed to be uncovered after severe weather, was found by a couple beneath the cliffs at Black Ven, between Charmouth and Lyme Regis. They raised the alarm and a Coastguard team and police officers went to check out the ...

  • Dalmarnock bomb disposal incident: Second device found in Clyde brings EOD back to bridge

    November 9, 2020

    A bomb disposal squad have returned to Dalmarnock Road for the second time today following the discovery of a grenade and artillery rounds in the River Clyde. Dalmarnock Bridge in the east end of the city was closed off to traffic around 1.40pm today and residents nearby evacuated by police. The discovery was made by members of ...

  • Afghanistan: Officials Foil ‘Several Attacks’ in Uruzgan Province, 17 IEDs defused in Kandahar and Zabul provinces

    November 9, 2020

    Afghan National Defense Security Forces foiled several attacks planned in Gizab and Trinkot districts of Uruzgan provinces Sunday, the Ministry of Defense said in a statement. During the clashes, at least 10 Taliban were killed and further 14 wounded. “Several TB attacks were prevented in Gizab and Trinkot districts of Uruzgan province, yesterday,” said MoD in a ...

  • Two Civilians Wounded in Kabul Roadside Bomb Blast.

    November 9, 2020

    At least two civilians were wounded in a roadside mine blast in the east of Kabul on Monday morning, police said in a statement. The incident happened at around 7:30am Kabul time in Pul-e-Charkhi area in the east of the city, the statement read. Police did not provide further details on the incident. No group has claimed responsibility ...