News – October 2019


  • TSA Canine Halloween Costume Contest

    October 31, 2019

    Some of TSA’s explosive detection canines at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport got a break from their day jobs to celebrate Halloween with a costume contest. TSA canine Hershey was the big winner for his portrayal of a TSA officer. HSS canine Lynch, who works with the State Sheriffs, busted out the onesie teddy bear costume ...

  • NZDF in Solomons to help with unexploded ‘remnants of war‘

    October 31, 2019

    New Zealand‘s Defence Force has sent 21 bomb disposal experts to Solomon Islands to aid in the removal of “potentially dangerous” unexploded Second World War explosives. NZ Army Land EOD teams conduct explosive ordinance reconnaissance and removal on the island of Kohingo in the Solomon Islands. Photo: NZ Defence Force NZDF will be assisting both Australian Defence ...

  • 2 soldiers killed in attack in central province of Burkina Faso

    October 31, 2019

    An explosive device attack on Wednesday claimed the lives of two soldiers of Burkina Faso army in central-northern of the terrorism-torn country, security source on Thursday told Xinhua in the capital Ouagadougou. A military convoy from Djibo heading to Ougadougou was subject to an improvised explosive device on the road axis linking Djibo, in the Soum ...

  • Turkey clears mines, explosives in northern Syria

    October 31, 2019

    Turkish forces cleared mines and explosives in northern Syria on Thursday, the site of Turkey’s anti-terror Operation Peace Spring. Security forces defused mines and improvised explosive devices in Tal Abyad as efforts continue to return to normal life in the district with the Turkish military providing the basic needs of the population. Turkey launched Operation Peace Spring ...

  • Manchester incident: Men arrested on suspicion of ‘planning terror attack’ as bomb squad examines car

    October 30, 2019

    Police have arrested two men in Manchester on suspicion of preparing an act of terrorism, as bomb disposal experts examine a car. Greater Manchester Police said the pair were seen “acting suspiciously” on Chapel Street in Salford at around 2.30pm on Wednesday. They were stopped in a vehicle in nearby Deansgate, which runs through a busy shopping and nightlife district ...

  • Autumn 2019 edition of the Counter-IED Report magazine is now available to read online and in print

    October 28, 2019

    Articles, in-depth analysis and insights from UNMAS, C-IED Centre of Excellence, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, DESA (Drugs & Explosives Search Association) and many more. To view contents please visit the following link: Counter-IED Report Autumn 2019 – contents pages  or subscribe here. We would like to thank all organisations and authors of ...

  • Special Forces kill, detain 10 Taliban and ISIS militants in Kabul and 5 other provinces

    October 28, 2019

    The Afghan Special Forces killed a Taliban fighter and detained 9 others militants including ISIS militants during the operations in Kabul and five other provinces. The military officials said Monday the Special Forces killed a Taliban figther and destroyed a small cache of weapons in Giro district of Ghazni. The officials further added that the Special Forces ...

  • Kuwaiti, U.S. EOD techs conduct joint munitions disposal training

    October 28, 2019

    Kuwaiti Ministry of Defense and U.S. explosive ordnance disposal teams joined forces for a controlled munitions detonation training designed to share knowledge in disposing of newly upgraded artillery rounds known as insensitive munitions. The new version of the round uses an upgraded shell casing and explosive charge that requires revised techniques for controlled detonations. The training ...

  • Afghanistan: 2 killed, 5 injured in IED blast in Nangarhar province

    October 28, 2019

    Two construction workers were killed and five others sustained injuries in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast at an under-construction school building in Afghanistan`s eastern province of Nangarhar on Monday morning, the provincial government has said. The incident occurred at around 10:30 am (local time) in Bati Kot district, provincial government spokesman Attahullah Khogyani told Xinhua, ...

  • AMISOM and security partners committed to end the use of Improvised Explosive Devices in Somalia

    October 28, 2019

    Stakeholders in Somalia’s security sector on Sunday concluded a meeting in Mogadishu on the threat posed by Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). The two-day counter-IED seminar supported by the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) and the British Army, highlighted the need to build the capacity of Somali security forces to ...

  • Discover the spray used by Belgian police to train specialist dogs at airports

    October 28, 2019

    The explosive TATP has been used in several deadly terrorist attacks over the past two decades, which is why it is important that police are able to detect it. But the substance is extremely dangerous to handle, making it difficult to train police dogs or to test detector devices in crowded places like airports. That’s why European ...

  • How to transform minefield DMZ to peace zone

    October 28, 2019

    After a short-lived period of detente for the two Koreas, the North appears to be back to cold-shouldering the South. But this has not deterred the Moon administration from drawing up plans for lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula. As part of its effort to achieve that goal, Moon proposed to transform the Demilitarized Zone that ...

  • Isil faces the future without Baghdadi – one it has long planned for

    October 27, 2019

    The death of Isil leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi came as a shock to his followers on Sunday, but not a surprise. They had been meticulously planning for his demise for some time. A fearsome ideologue who tried to spark a war of civilisation between Islam and the West, a man who created the most brutal terrorist group ...

  • 5 children killed in N. Afghan explosion: official

    October 27, 2019

    Five Afghan children were dead after a Taliban’s improvised explosive device (IED) detonated in the country’s northern Faryab province on Sunday, a local source said. “The blast occurred after one of the victims step on a pressure-plate IED in a village of Pashtun Kot district in the morning,” Hanif Rezai, spokesman of army Corps 209 Shaheen ...

  • Kenyan Police raise red flag over faulty APCs amid security concerns

    October 27, 2019

    A number of Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) acquired in 2016 as part of a Sh3.8 billion investment aimed at enabling the police to improve efficiency and effectiveness in providing security have been grounded, the Sunday Nation can reveal. The deployment and serviceability of Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAPs) also remains mired in secrecy. The unending debate over the ...

  • Pakistan: Two constables injured in DI Khan IED blast

    October 27, 2019

    At least two police constables were seriously injured while the vehicle was partially damaged in an IED blast in the limits of Kulachi police station in the Dera Ismail Khan on Saturday, the local police told The Express Tribune over the phone. The constables received shrapnel wounds, while ASI Fazal Rehman remained unhurt. The team was patrolling in ...

  • Nearly 40 call-outs in three years keeps bomb squad busy in north-east

    October 27, 2019

    The bomb squad was scrambled to the north-east nearly 40 times in three years, new figures show. Figures obtained by the Evening Express under Freedom of Information legislation reveal explosive device experts came to the area to dispose of devices 39 times between April 2016 and March this year. The Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit was called ...

  • Terrorist attack planer killed in eastern Afghan province: military

    October 26, 2019

    The Afghan security forces launched a spate of airstrikes in eastern Logar province, killing one of the key elements behind numerous deadly attacks, the Afghan Defense Ministry said Saturday. “Qari Burhan, one of the most dangerous and key Haqqani Network commanders and scores of his colleagues, including foreign affiliates were killed, following an Afghan warplanes’ bombing ...

  • Houthi-laid landmine injures 3 Yemeni farmers in Hodeidah

    October 26, 2019

    An explosion caused by a landmine laid previously by the Houthi rebels in the country’s Red Sea port city of Hodeidah injured three farmers on Saturday, a government official told Xinhua. “The Houthi-laid landmine exploded in an agricultural area in Tuhyata district of Hodeidah, partially destroying a tractor and injuring three farmers,” the government source said ...

  • ‘Dangerous criminal’ who planned to blow up cash machine had explosives in his shed

    October 25, 2019

    A “dangerous” criminal who plotted to blow up a cash machine, had pipe bomb-making materials in his shed and was visiting a gun club after being banned for life from using firearms, is behind bars. Ryan Edwards, of Beechfield Close, Garnlydan, Ebbw Vale, was jailed for more than six years at Cardiff Crown Court following a ...