News – October 2019


  • Wiltshire: Man, 22, charged with unlawful possession of explosives following Devizes bomb alert

    October 25, 2019

    A 22-year-old man has been charged with possession of an explosive substance for an unlawful purpose after a bomb alert in Anzio Road, Devizes on Wednesday. Kubilay Bostanli who lives in Anzio Road, has been also been charged with possession of a knife blade in a public place, possession of a class B drug and harassment ...

  • Another 500lb UXO to be detonated in Marawi, Philippines

    October 25, 2019

    The Army Engineers’ Explosive Ordnance and Disposal (EOD) team will detonate another 500-pound unexploded ordnance (UXO) in the weekend, according to Lt. Col. Elmer Oamil, deputy commander of Joint Task Group Builder and commander of the 553rd Engineer Battalion based in Marawi City. Oamil said the 500-pound UXO was one of the general purpose bombs dropped by Philippine ...

  • Suicide attack in Jalalabad city leaves 18 dead or wounded including 6 children

    October 25, 2019

    A suicide attack in Jalalabad city, the provincial capital of Nangarhar killed or wounded at least 18 people including six children. The provincial government in a statement said a suicide bomber targeted the Special Forces of the 02 Unit in the 4th district of Jalalabad city this afternoon. The statement further added that the attack claimed the ...

  • Afghanistan: Car bomb destroyed, 2 suicide bombers killed in Balkh airstrike

    October 24, 2019

    An airstrike in norhtern Balkh province destroyed a car bomb and killed two suicide bombers, the Afghan military said. According to a statement released by 209th Shaheen Corps, the security forces conducted the airstrike in at around 2:10 pm on Wednesday in Sheikh Tash Village of Chahar Bolak district. The statement further added that the airstrike destroyed ...

  • Controlled explosion takes place in Cheltenham field after homeowner discovers four grenades

    October 24, 2019

    A field in Cheltenham was the location for a controlled explosion earlier today after a homeowner had an unwelcome surprise. Four grenades were found at their property in the town, so they went to the local police station to report the find. Gloucestershire Constabulary notified bomb disposal experts who collected the ammunition from the resident. A spokesman for ...

  • Why explosives detectors still can’t beat a dog’s nose

    October 24, 2019

    As of 2016, the US military counted over 1,740 military working dogs among its ranks. At Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, the military breeds its own sleek puppies—mainly German shepherds and Belgian Malinois—who are groomed for military service from their first whimper. Some will wash out; others will go on to four to ...

  • Philippines: Blast hits outside Sulu mayor’s house

    October 24, 2019

    An explosion struck outside the house of Pangutaran, Sulu Mayor Asri Taib in Barangay Canelar Moret, Zamboanga City on Thursday morning (October 24). According to Western Mindanao Command (WESMINCOM) Spokesperson Maj. Arvin Encinas, it was only a minor explosion with no casualties reported. He also said the improvised explosive device (IED) used was only small. Authorities are continuing to ...

  • Maharashtra state: Police arrest 2, seize 69 crude bombs

    October 24, 2019

    The Kolhapur police have arrested two brothers and have seized 69 crude bombs from them in the Mudshingi village of Hatkanangle taluka. The police are questioning the suspects to check if they have any link with the explosion along the Pune-Bengaluru National Highway last week, in which a truck driver was killed. The arrested men have been identified as Vilas Rajaram ...

  • Namibia: Local security personnel get training on disposal of unexploded ordnance

    October 23, 2019

    U.S. Africa Command recently facilitated the training of 15 local personnel in the identification and disposal of unexploded ordnance as part of the U.S. Government’s Humanitarian Mine Action (HMA) programme. Training was provided to 10 members of the Namibian Defense Force (NDF) and 5 members of the Namibian Police (NAMPOL). The training took place at the NDF ...

  • Special Forces kill 6 Taliban militants, destroy large caches of weapons and IEDs in 3 provinces

    October 23, 2019

    The Afghan Special Forces killed 6 Taliban militants and destroyed large caches of weapons and Improvised Explosive Devices during the operations in 3 provinces. The military officials said Wednesday the Special Forces conducted the operations in the past 24 hours in Logar, Farah and Herat provinces. The officials further added that the Special Forces killed 4 Taliban ...

  • Next-generation bomb suit lightens load for Marines

    October 22, 2019

    Explosive Ordnance Disposal Marines will soon receive a lighter and more capable bomb suit for protection against various threats. Fielding in 2020, the EOD Advanced Bomb Suit incorporates several 21st century, next-generation technological advancements intended to help EOD Marines withstand arduous conditions on the battlefield. The system protects against severe injuries caused by blast overpressure, shrapnel, heat ...

  • Nigeria: EOD may deploy new detection systems to airport, seaport

    October 22, 2019

    Two new mobile radiation detection equipment donated to the Explosives Ordinance Disposal (EOD) by the United State (US) may be deployed to the airport and seaport to check threats to nuclear security, the police said yesterday. Police Commissioner in charge of EOD Maikudi Shehu disclosed this in Lagos while taking delivering of the equipment donated by ...

  • AFIMSC Airman earns USMC leadership school distinction

    October 22, 2019

    For Master Sgt. Paul Willson, attending the advanced Marine Corps Staff NCO Academy at Camp Pendleton, California, was the natural thing to do. As a career explosive ordnance disposal technician, Willson has always worked closely with other branches, beginning with the Naval EOD School all services attend and continuing through combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan where ...

  • British police have foiled 24 terror plots since ISIS-inspired Westminster attack in March 2017

    October 22, 2019

    Britain’s top police chief says investigators have foiled 24 terrorist plots since April 2017. Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick today gave the updated figure, which includes 16 Islamist plots and eight inspired by extreme right-wing views. At the beginning of last month the UK’s most senior counter-terrorism officer said the number of foiled terrorist plots since the March ...

  • Manchester Arena attack: Public inquiry to be held into deaths

    October 22, 2019

    A public inquiry will be held to investigate the deaths of the victims of the 2017 Manchester Arena attack, the Home Office has said. The inquiry will be chaired by Sir John, a retired High Court judge who was nominated by the Lord Chief Justice to lead the investigation and inquest into the deaths. Sir John previously ...

  • ‘Whistles, warnings, kaboom!’: a day with a landmine clearance team

    October 22, 2019

    Aki Ra was a child soldier for Pol Pot, laying mines around Siem Reap. Now he is using his expertise to clear land in rural Cambodia and make it safe again The rusty tailfin of the mortar round can be seen poking through the roots and mud of a small dirt patch, next to a skull ...

  • Dublin city centre left at a standstill after US war vet feared firework in bin was a bomb

    October 22, 2019

    An incident involving a flower and a firework brought Dublin city centre to a standstill yesterday. One of the city’s busiest roads was put on lock-down after two tourists from the US, one of whom is war veteran who lost a leg in Afghanistan, spotted an item on a bench inside the grounds of Christ Church ...

  • Kenya: The growing threat of IED attacks

    October 22, 2019

    Kenyan soldiers continue to suffer the brunt of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) attacks putting the rising use of the IEDs by Al-Shabaab in the spotlight. There is no doubt that IEDs are increasingly the weapons of choice for the terror group. The group frequently targets Somali and AMISOM military convoys with IEDs as part of their deadly ...

  • The annual gathering of the world’s EOD community

    October 21, 2019

    Explosive weapons, both conventional munition or improvised explosive, have become a fact of modern conflict. Behind the conflict, this threat for millions across the globe is, in reality, a fact of life which continues to decimate communities across the world. UNICEF estimates one casualty every 20 minutes caused by explosive weapons. Responding to this ongoing crisis, ...

  • DASA showcases innovations that predict and thwart future threats

    October 21, 2019

    Innovative solutions that could be used to predict future threats such as terrorist attacks, detect and counter fake news, or identify vulnerable people on social media will be showcased at an event hosted by the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA). Nearly 30 organisations who received a share of £2.4m in funding to develop ideas and technology ...