News – October 2019


  • First Afghanistan province declared mine-free – thanks to an all-female team who cleared them

    October 14, 2019

    Last year, landmines still killed or injured an average of four Afghans every day. During the past four decades of war, the Mine Action Programme of Afghanistan has cleared more than 18 million explosive remnants of war, about 737,000 anti-personnel mines and over 30,000 anti-vehicle mines since 1989. But by the end of October, the country’s first province ...

  • Police arrest ‘masterminds’ of bomb attack on Dhaka police

    October 14, 2019

    The two alleged operatives of Neo JMB, an offshoot of the banned militant outfit Jamaat-ul-Majahideen Bangladesh, said they crafted the bombs at the extremist hideout in Narayanganj’s Fatullah which was raided on Sept 23, according to the police. The militants, identified Md Mehedi Hasan Tanim and Md Abdullah, are also responsible of planning and carrying out ...

  • Who Is JAD, the Group Blamed for Attacking Indonesia’s Chief Security Minister?

    October 13, 2019

    Homegrown terror group Jamaah Ansharut Daulah made headlines once more with last week’s daylight attack by one of its members on Chief Security Minister Wiranto. The shadowy group has been the most active of its kind in Indonesia over the past few years, and it is believed to have been behind the terror attack in Jalan ...

  • Kenya: 11 police officers killed in a deadly blast in Liboi, Garissa County

    October 13, 2019

    Eleven security personnel from the elite General Service Unit were Saturday killed in a deadly blast after their vehicle ran over an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) on the Degoh Road, Liboi, Garissa County. Their vehicle was extensively damaged in the 4 pm incident. The officers were from Harehare GSU camp were on patrol when their Toyota ...

  • Inside the bomb squad: Combating terrorist attacks and gangland devices

    October 12, 2019

    In 2007, Ray Lane was having trouble sleeping in his quarters in Afghanistan. It wasn’t the dry Kabul heat keeping the Irish officer awake but rather the seemingly relentless beeping from the device in the corner of his room. The Dubliner was used to sleeping in uncomfortable conditions. Tours of service in places like Bosnia and Lebanon ...

  • Improvised bomb goes off near Russian military police patrol in Syria

    October 12, 2019

    An improvised explosive device went off on the way of a Russian military police patrol in Syria’s Daraa governorate, chief of the Russian Center for reconciliation of the conflicting sides in SyriaAlexey Bakin said on Friday, TASS reported. “At 10:25am on October 11, an improvised caseless explosive device went off near a motor convoy of a Russian ...

  • Germany supports demining projects in Sri Lanka

    October 11, 2019

    On 17 September, German Ambassador Jörn Rohde visited the demining sites of the HALO Trust and Delvon Assistance for Social Harmony (DASH), who is the local implementing partner of Mines Advisory Group (MAG) in Kilinochchi. The aforementioned two non-governmental organisations HALO and MAG received a total sum of 4 million euros (approx. Rs. 800 m) ...

  • Philippines: IED explodes inside Bilibid’s maximum security compound

    October 11, 2019

    An improvised explosive device (IED) suddenly went off while authorities were demolishing illegal structures inside the maximum security compound (MaxSeCom) of the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City on Friday morning. Police Major General Guillermo Eleazar, regional director of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), said the blast occurred inside Quadrant 4, east sector ...

  • Former explosive detection dog Russell makes friends with schoolchildren and inspires future ‘Bobby’

    October 10, 2019

    A budding young cop was rewarded for his good behaviour with a trip to the police station to meet up with his favourite police dog. Nine-year-old Bobby made firm friends with community engagement dog Russell after he came into his school in Sunderland to visit the pupils. Aspiring police officer Bobby with police dog Russell (Image: Northumbria Police) The adorable ...

  • Five suspected pipe bombs made safe in County Offaly, Ireland

    October 10, 2019

    A number of buildings were evacuated in Offaly on Wednesday night after five suspected pipe bombs were discovered. An Army EOD team attended the scene after being alerted to the situation by gardaí. Gardaí called the bomb disposal team to investigate the suspect devices that were found at a premises on the Dublin Road area of Edenderry. The ...

  • ‘Numerous explosive devices’ found in abandoned New Hampshire home

    October 10, 2019

    Police in Hinsdale, New Hampshire are investigating after “numerous explosive devices” were found in an abandoned home. Hinsdale Police, along with New Hampshire State Police, Hinsdale Fire, and other agencies are at a home on Indian Acres. Access to the area is restricted and homes are being evacuated. Police say local schools were placed in a “lock-in” meaning children were ...

  • Four police officers killed in landmine attack in Mogadishu

    October 9, 2019

    At least four police officers have been killed and three others wounded after their vehicle hit a landmine at Siinka Dheer area outside the capital, Mogadishu. Sources told SomaliAffairs that the police vehicle blew up after it hit an improvised explosive device (IED) at a junction in Siinka Dheer area. Government security forces immediately arrived at the ...

  • IEDs: tackling terrorists’ weapon of war

    October 9, 2019

    Some of the most memorable images of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, show her wearing a protective suit while touring a minefield in Angola in 1997 to raise awareness of the devastating effects of land mines. After meeting 13-year-old Sandra Thijika, who lost her leg after stepping on a land mine, the princess told the ...

  • 82nd Airborne tests new portable robot for individual Soldiers

    October 9, 2019

    A new robot that can be transported by an individual Soldier conducting dismounted operations is being tested by the 82nd Airborne Division. During a three-week operational test, the 2nd Brigade Combat Team’s mission was to validate the effectiveness of the Common Robotic System Individual (CRS-I). “The purpose of the test was to stress the CRS-I in a ...

  • Sri Lanka: US delegation inspects demining activities in northern areas

    October 8, 2019

    A delegation of US representatives yesterday (07) monitored the demining activities in Jaffna, Muhamalai and Pallai areas. Mine clearance organizations are carrying out demining activities in the aforementioned areas with the financial assistance of the US government. According to demining groups, a large number of landmines had been set up in Jaffna, Muhamalai and Pallai areas, where ...

  • Royal Navy helps Ukraine face ‘real threat’ from Russia

    October 8, 2019

    The Royal Navy has been helping its counterparts in Ukraine deal with a “real threat” from Russia. A team of instructors from the Defence Diving School on Horsea Island in Portsmouth headed to the eastern Ukrainian city of Berdyansk, on the coast off the Sea Azov, to deliver mine counter-measures training. It was the first time sessions ...

  • Predicting terror activity before it happens

    October 7, 2019

    New model utilizes data science to predict terror groups’ lifetime lethality after first 10 attacks Data scientists have developed an early-warning model that can successfully predict how lethal a terror organization will become in the future based on only its first 10 attacks. The predictive model, developed by researchers in Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, will ...

  • Out of the Box | Marines conduct EODEX 2019

    October 7, 2019

    Two explosive ordnance disposal Marines, an Air Force EOD technician and a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear specialist Marine stood around a manhole, peering down at a dummy with its limbs in unnatural positions – a simulated casualty that needed to be retrieved. “Every scenario can be reset and rerun,” said U.S. Marine Corps Master Sgt. ...

  • Afghan forces foil militants bid to detonate two bombs in Kabul

    October 6, 2019

    The Afghan forces foiled militants bid to detonate two improvised explosive devices in capital Kabul, the security officials said. Nasrat Rahimi, a spokesman for the Ministry of Interior said the security forces discovered and defused an improvised explosive device in Kart-e Naw area at around 8:40 pm on Saturday. Rahimi further added that the militants planted the ...

  • UK aid-funded mine clearance success in Angola to be repeated in Zimbabwe

    October 6, 2019

    Thousands of people will be safe from the threat of landmines in Zimbabwe, thanks to fresh UK support for demining charity The HALO Trust. UK aid will match public donations to the charity’s Zimbabwe appeal, International Development Secretary Alok Sharma announced today (Sunday 6th October). Zimbabwe is still one of the worst affected countries in the world ...