News – November 2021


  • South Sudan: Risk education conducted by UNMAS benefits displaced schoolchildren in Unity state

    November 30, 2021

    “I have learned to be mindful of objects, no matter how familiar they look,” said Nyedel Tap Hoth a pupil of Naath Primary School in the Internally Displaced Person’s camp in Bentiu. Nydel was speaking after a 45-minute awareness raising session conducted by the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) for students of the school. “In ...

  • Afghanistan: Two Injured in Kabul Blast

    November 30, 2021

    At least two people were injured in a blast that occurred in Kabul’s Police District 6 on Tuesday morning, officials said. General Mobin, spokesman of Kabul security department, said the explosion was due to a mine placed in the area. No group has claimed responsibility for the explosion. https://twitter.com/AlArabiya_Eng/status/1465719889080074241 Read more… Source: TOLO News/Al Arabiya English – Twitter  

  • Iraq: Clearance Operations on a massive IED belt in Tal Kaif, North of Mosul

    November 29, 2021

    After eight months of operations conducted by UNMAS implementing partner, Global Clearance Solutions (GCS), in Tal Kaif, north of Mosul, over 250,000 square meters of contaminated land were cleared, and more than 1,200 items of explosive ordnance rendered safe and removed. The farmlands of Tal Kaif are steadily witnessing glimpses of everyday activities after years ...

  • Uganda: Police discover bomb making materials during operation in Nabweru

    November 29, 2021

    The Uganda Police have recovered more bomb making materials in Nabweru a suburb in Kampala during their ongoing operations against suspected Allied Democratic Forces terror cells in the country. Police Spokesperson, Fred Enanga says the Joint Security Team will continue with such operations against ADF terror cells in the country, following the twin bombs at Central ...

  • New Zealand: Suspected pipe bomb leads to Defence Force callout in Temuka

    November 29, 2021

    The Defence Force sent an explosive disposal team to a Temuka property on Friday after concerns a pipe bomb had been located in the bedroom of a home in the South Canterbury town. A New Zealand Defence Force spokesperson confirmed it had sent a team to investigate the matter on Friday night. “Police have requested the assistance ...

  • Kenya: Lamu welders on the spot for supplying al Shabaab terrorists with explosives

    November 29, 2021

    Welders in Lamu county have been accused for cooperating with Al Shabaab militants in the region by helping them manufacture explosives. According to the coast region coordinator John Elungata, welders in areas close to the Boni forest and the Lamu-Somalia border in the region are possibly colluding with the terrorists by supplying them with materials mostly ...

  • Somalia: Security forces seize weapons, arrest Al-Shabab suspects in Mogadishu

    November 29, 2021

    Security forces in Mogadishu Monday arrested three Al-Shabaab suspects and seized a cache of weapons. The National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) said its Dufaan military wing unearthed the weapons which included mortar shells from a bunker operated by Al-Shabaab in the Suq-Hoola area in Huriwaa district in northern Mogadishu. “Our forces arrested several al-Shabaab fighters and ...

  • How security lapses let terror cells thrive in Uganda

    November 28, 2021

    Uganda police failed to stop three terror attacks in 24 days – including the twin blasts that killed four people in Kampala on November 16 – but sprang into action, killing seven and arresting 106 suspects linked to the explosions. Police spokesperson Fred Enanga says the counterterrorism agencies have foiled about 150 terror attacks on Uganda, ...

  • Iraq: Five Peshmerga dead and four injured in ISIS Diyala attack

    November 28, 2021

    Five Peshmerga were killed and five injured in an Islamic State (ISIS) attack in Diyala province on Saturday, a Peshmerga source told Rudaw Sunday morning. Militants attacked the Peshmerga in the Kolajo sub-district at around 10:15pm, a commander of the 5th brigade told Rudaw late Saturday. A Peshmerga vehicle bringing reinforcements hit a roadside bomb, he ...

  • Massachusetts State Police detonate bomb-making material after man assaults officer

    November 28, 2021

    The Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad detonated material consistent with the making of explosive devices on Saturday evening, according to a press release from the Eastham Police Department. Eastham Police Officer Gregory Plante tried to serve a trespass notice on Dorian Firth in the area of Town Center Plaza on Saturday at 12:50 p.m. The notice ...

  • India: Militant arrested with explosives in Imphal

    November 27, 2021

    A combined team of district police commando unit, Imphal East and 15 Assam Rifles, on Thursday arrested one active cadre of proscribed underground organisation PREPAK(Pro) along with improvised explosive device (IED) which was to be planted, reportedly at Mantripukhri, Imphal. The arrested person has been identified as Nongthombam Abung Meetei alias Nongdamba, 20, son of N ...

  • Azerbaijan: ADA University, British Embassy in Baku organize lecture on land mine clearance in Karabakh

    November 26, 2021

    ADA University and the British Embassy in Baku have co-organized the online lecture on “Land mines in Karabakh. Seeking solutions”. The discussion was held in the framework of “Global Perspective Lecture Series”, the flagship platform of ADA University that brings together representatives from various sectors to exchange perspectives on pressing issues. The online lecture, moderated by Executive ...

  • Australia: Police seize cache of guns, bombs from property on Sydney’s outskirts

    November 25, 2021

    Police say a doomsday prepper who allegedly amassed dozens of guns and 250 kilograms of explosive material at his home on Sydney’s outskirts put the community at risk of a “catastrophic event”. Simon Mitchell Clay, 42, was arrested during a raid of his Kurrajong property yesterday morning and charged with a range of weapons offences carrying ...

  • Bolivia: Explosion at the entrance to the headquarters of the Bishops’ Conference

    November 25, 2021

    The General Secretariat of the Bolivian Bishops ‘Conference (CEB) reported the explosion of a bomb, which occurred early in the morning of Wednesday 24 November, at the entrance to the building that houses the headquarters of the Bishops’ Conference, without causing consequences to people, but only damage. The CEB also released images from a security camera ...

  • Alabama: Man facing multiple charges after suspected improvised explosive devices found in vehicle on I-65

    November 25, 2021

    Calera Police Chief David Hyche said a person is facing charges of possession of destructive devices and DUI after two suspected improvised explosive devices were found in a vehicle on I-65. Wesley Edwards Mills has been formally charged with felony DUI, open container, illegal possession of prescription drugs and possession, and manufacture, transportation, and distribution of ...

  • Somalia: Eight killed in suicide bombing outside Mogadishu school

    November 25, 2021

    An Islamist suicide bombing outside a school in Somalia’s capital killed eight people and wounded at least 23 including 13 children, the latest in a string of deadly blasts this year in a country beset by political turmoil and drought. The bombing at about 7.30am was claimed by Al-Shabaab militants, who said they intended to strike ...

  • British army to get extra £8bn of kit as part of radical shake-up

    November 25, 2021

    The defence secretary, Ben Wallace, has announced a radical reorganisation of the British army, with an additional £8.6bn to be spent on equipment and a new ranger regiment created to help counter extremist organisations and hostile state threats. The Future Soldier programme would reconfigure the army to address next-generation threats around the globe, positioning it as ...

  • Minneapolis Bomb Squad called out Friday in Willmar after arrest of Lake Lillian man

    November 24, 2021

    The Minneapolis Police Department Bomb Squad was called out to secure two suspected explosive devices Friday after local police found them during an investigation into a physical domestic incident in Willmar, according to a news release from Willmar Police Chief Jim Felt. According to Felt, a 38-year-old Lake Lillian man was arrested in connection with the ...

  • UK: Man obsessed with coronavirus jailed for sending hoax bomb to vaccine factory in Wrexham

    November 24, 2021

    A man with an “obsessive” COVID-19 interest has been jailed after sparking a bomb scare at a vaccine factory. Anthony Collins, from Kent, halted manufacturing of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine at a factory in Wrexham, Wales, after sending a suspicious package that had to be detonated by bomb disposal experts. The Army’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit was ...

  • Cambodia: From 1979 to 2021 mine casualties in Battambang top 15,000

    November 24, 2021

    Over the 42-year period from 1979 to 2021, there were 15,289 people in Battambang province who were killed, disabled or injured by landmines and unexploded ordnance (UXO), according to Battambang provincial governor Sok Lou. Lou provided the figure as he accompanied Senior Minister Ly Thuch – who also serves as first vice-president of the Cambodian Mine ...

  • Afghanistan: Blast rocks Kabul injuring two people

    November 23, 2021

    A blast has rocked Afghanistan’s capital Kabul on Tuesday, Aamaj News reports citing a police representative. According to him, the incident took place near Kandahar market in an area of Kabul. A magnetic mine was detonated which was attached to a car belonging to members of the Taliban movement (outlawed in Russia). It is noted that two ...

  • Armenian demining experts demine 2,000,000 square meters of territory in Damascus along with UNMAS

    November 23, 2021

    Within the scope of the agreement that Armenia and the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) signed on October 25, 2021, on November 21, a demining group of the Humanitarian Demining and Expertise Center SNCO left for Damascus under the leadership of the SNCO’s director Vaghinak Sargsyan. As reported the Humanitarian Demining and Expertise Center SNCO, ...

  • Egypt: IED kills policeman in North Sinai during parliamentary polling

    November 23, 2021

    An improvised explosives device (IED) killed a policeman on Monday in North Sinai’s Sheikh Zuweid as parliamentary polls opened in the troubled governorate for the second and final day of voting. The IED exploded while a patrol vehicle was passing through Abu-Taweel area. Two conscripts were also injured. North Sinai and the capital Cairo, as well as ...

  • DASA UK: Introducing the Access to Mentoring & Finance Team (A2MF)

    November 23, 2021

    DASA is not only focused on finding and funding innovation, we also help innovators increase the pull through of their ideas towards commercialisation. If you need help to establish the business behind your innovation, our Access to Mentoring & Finance (A2MF) team can provide you with the support and funding needed to take your idea to ...

  • Uganda arrests four over suspected explosive device

    November 23, 2021

    Ugandan police, in a security crackdown following deadly suicide bombings, said Tuesday they had arrested four Somalis for bringing a suspected explosive device into a resort due to host President Yoweri Museveni this week. A week after twin bombings killed four in the capital Kampala, police spokesman Fred Enanga said a detonator was discovered during a ...

  • Ohio: Toledo Man Sentenced for Illegal Possession of Firearms and Improvised Explosive Device

    November 23, 2021

    U.S. Attorney Bridget M. Brennan announced that Jeffrey Davenport, 52, of Toledo, was sentenced on Monday, November 22, by Judge Jack Zouhary to 54 months in prison after Davenport pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of an unregistered destructive device. As set out in court documents, on July 1, ...

  • In the dark: Nigeria’s Maiduguri struggles to recover without power

    November 23, 2021

    A whirring machine churns out prints at the Gaza Printing Press in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri while owner Garba Zango supervises. The copies are perfect, but his costs have lately gone through the roof. The past 10 months have been the toughest of Zango’s nearly 50-year career as his city of 800,000 struggles without ...

  • Israel’s Shin Bet Arrests 50 Members of Hamas Cell Planning Attacks

    November 22, 2021

    Israeli security forces arrested dozens of members of a Hamas cell that was in the advanced stages of planning major terror attacks in the West Bank and Israel, the Shin Bet security service said Monday. The effort to uncover the cell has been ongoing for several months, first coming to light with a round of arrest ...