News – November 2020


  • Florida: Homemade explosives found at home of Ocala man charged with aggravated assault on officer

    November 4, 2020

    An Ocala man is in custody after deputies say they removed several homemade explosive devices from his home. On Oct. 27, Paul Thomas Giangrasso, 47, was arrested for aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, deputies say. During the arrest process, Giangrasso made several statements that caused concern regarding him possessing any weapons. As a result, a ...

  • UK terrorism threat level raised to ‘severe’

    November 3, 2020

    The UK’s terrorism threat level has been upgraded from “substantial” to “severe”. The move means security chiefs believe that an attack is highly likely but there is no specific intelligence of an imminent incident. The move follows Monday night’s shooting in Vienna in which four people died. Last week, three others died in a knife attack in Nice, ...

  • Afghanistan: ANP engineering teams discovered and defused IEDs in Kabul, Herat, Paktiya, Khost and Baghlan provinces

    November 3, 2020

    The engineering teams of ANP following point-to-point search operations, managed to discover & naturalize four roadside bombs in Herat province. Meanwhile, ANP detained two Taliban mine planters while they were planting roadside bombs in Gardiz City of Paktiya. https://twitter.com/moiafghanistan/status/1322798713786564608 On November 2, the engineering teams of ANP following point-to-point search operations, managed to discover & defuse 11 ...

  • India: Villager injured in IED blast in Bijapur district

    November 3, 2020

    A 26-year-old man was injured when a pressure improvised explosive device (IED) planted by Naxals exploded in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Bijapur district on Tuesday, police said. The blast occurred near Edasmeta hill under Gangaloor police station area when Ramesh Hemla and two other residents of Nainpal village had gone to collect bamboo from the forest, an ...

  • Travis EOD Airmen train advanced warfighting capabilities

    November 3, 2020

    TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Travis Explosive Ordnance Disposal Airmen conduct exercises Oct. 22 and Oct. 28 that simulate real-world situations. The EOD career field specializes in detecting, identifying, recovering, disarming, detonating and disposing of explosive ordnance. Conducting regular exercises better prepares them for responding to real-world missions. “We are mandated by our AFIs to train ...

  • UK: Surrey Police explain the cause of ‘loud bang’ heard across Dorking

    November 3, 2020

    Surrey Police was called to the discovery of suspected unexploded shells near Whitedown Lane shortly before 10.30am on Monday (November 2). A large cordon was quickly placed around the wooded area and locals spotted multiple police officers at the scene of the investigation. Several hours later, a number of residents reported hearing a “loud bang” in the ...

  • Authorities in Washington County investigating 2 incidents involving explosives

    November 3, 2020

    The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is investigating two incidents involving homemade explosives. The incidents happened just hours apart Monday night. The first went off near Inwood Avenue North and 27th Street North in Lake Elmo. The second happened in the Afton Creek Preserve development off of Trading Post Trail in Afton. “Our house actually shook. That’s what was ...

  • Vienna terror suspect wore a fake suicide vest and was IS sympathiser, minister says

    November 3, 2020

    Two men and two women have died in a terror attack in Vienna and 15 others, including a police officer, have been seriously injured. Seven of the victims are in a life-threatening condition, news agency APA reported. One suspect, who was armed with an assault rifle and wearing a fake suicide vest, was shot dead by police. ...

  • Afghanistan: Suicide Attack Near Border Force Outpost in Kunduz

    November 3, 2020

    A suicide car bomber was killed by security forces near an outpost of the Afghan Border Force in the northern province of Kunduz before reaching his target on Tuesday morning, the Ministry of Defense said. The incident happened at 7:00 am local time in Imam Sahib district in Kunduz after a suicide bomber wanted to enter ...

  • Attack Methodology Guidance: Vehicle bombs

    November 2, 2020

    Introduction – Vehicle-borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) A VBIED is a vehicle which contains and delivers an explosive device to a target. The vehicle may be old or new, inexpensive or valuable, liveried or plain, blend into most situations and / or be modified to prevent detection. VBIEDs may range in size e.g. bicycles, cars, trailers, ...

  • Guidance to Hostile Vehicle Mitigation (HVM)

    November 2, 2020

    Introduction to vehicle borne threats The threats range from vandalism to sophisticated or aggressive attack by determined criminals or terrorists. vehicles offer a convenient method to deliver a bomb, known as a vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) a vehicle can also be used as a weapon to injure and kill people, or ram and damage infrastructure 2. VBIED The ...

  • Adelaide man with rocket fuel, dozens of IEDs had an ‘unhealthy hobby’ making explosives, court hears

    November 2, 2020

    A man had five homemade rockets, 27 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and almost 1.5 kilograms of rocket fuel at his Adelaide home because of his “unhealthy hobby” of manufacturing bombs, a court has heard. Lawyers for Phillip John Copley told the District Court that his hobby of building the explosive devices became more sophisticated over time ...

  • Clearing the Mines 2020

    November 2, 2020

    Report for the Eighteenth Meeting of States Parties to the 1997 Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention The Clearing the Mines 2020 report was prepared by Mine Action Review for the Eighteenth Meeting of States Parties to the 1997 Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention (Geneva, 16–20 November 2020). It contains: Key Findings An Overview of global anti-personnel mine contamination and the progress ...

  • KFOR mission rehearsal exercise offers standardized approach to threats

    November 2, 2020

    HOHENFELS, Germany – US and multinational forces gathered at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center for a mission rehearsal exercise to hone the skills of the battle group headquarters prior to deployment to Kosovo. KFOR training ranges from crowd riot control (CRC) and communications, to realistic scenarios requiring soldiers to communicate with role players in the field. ...

  • Targeted victim in Maryland bomb attack recovering, as police continue probe

    November 2, 2020

    Federal and municipal authorities say a home-made bomb that injured a 28-year-old Carroll County, Maryland man on Friday – just south of the Pennsylvania line – was dropped off at his home and addressed to him. The 28-year-old unnamed man may have been the intended victim in the attack, but Carroll County Sheriff James DeWees said ...

  • UK: Ammunition disposed of in West Norfolk village

    November 2, 2020

    Emergency services were called out to deal with ammunition discovered in a West Norfolk village over the weekend. Officers attended Thornham Road in Methwold on Saturday morning, although a social media post by King’s Lynn Police said there were not any suspicious circumstances. Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), a bomb disposal team, attended and safely disposed of the ...

  • Ukraine: 327 explosives disposed of in Donbas over past week

    November 2, 2020

    Over the past week, the units of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine inspected almost 30 hectares of territory, seized and disposed of 327 explosives in the Joint Forces Operation area in Donbas. “During the week, October 24-30, the personnel and equipment of the State Emergency Service units as part of the Joint Forces were involved ...

  • Deadly Taliban Attack Probably Used Drone, a Worrisome Shift

    November 1, 2020

    A Taliban attack, most likely carried out by a drone, killed at least four security officers in northern Afghanistan on Sunday, according to senior and local Afghan officials, representing what could be the group’s first publicly known use of the method in the 19-year war. The strike targeted the governor’s compound in Kunduz, a province that ...

  • Why explosive hazard clearance in Iraq matters in New Zealand

    November 1, 2020

    Even as the world struggles to put the worst of the Covid-19 crisis behind us, its lessons for global problem-solving remain to be applied elsewhere. What has Covid-19 proven so far? Arguably, given talent and money available, in time, medical science, socially responsible health systems, governments, along with private sector partners found, in the coronavirus’ potential ...

  • Afghanistan: Three Policemen Killed in Herat Blast

    November 1, 2020

    At least three policemen were killed and two others including a civilian were wounded in an explosion near a police checkpoint in the city of Herat on Sunday morning, local officials said. The bomb was placed on a motorbike and was detonated near to a police checkpoint, said Abdul Ahad Walizada, a spokesman for Herat police. Eyewitnesses ...