News – October 2020


  • Nagorno-Karabakh: Turkey’s military to assist Azerbaijan’s army with demining

    December 1, 2020

    The Turkish military will support the Azerbaijani army in clearing mines in the territories liberated from the Armenian occupation, the Defense Ministry said in a statement Monday. The ministry said the armed forces will also provide military training for the Azerbaijani army. The Turkish explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) teams will support the Azerbaijani army by clearing mines ...

  • Philippines: Bombing plot foiled in Sulu

    October 31, 2020

    A bombing attempt in Jolo, Sulu was prevented after a concerned netizen reported an improvised explosive device (IED) made allegedly by a local terrorist, the military said Friday. The IED, which was sealed with coconut leaves, is believed to be made by Abu Sayyaf Group member Mundi Sawadjaan, the person the military said was behind the ...

  • Crude bomb attack targets the health authorities in Germany

    October 31, 2020

    Last Sunday, before Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany announced a second national lockdown, a homemade bomb exploded in the early morning hours in central Berlin, close to a research institute that tracks virus cases and less than a mile from Ms. Merkel’s office. The bomb produced a flash and a boom but not much else. ...

  • Manchester Arena bombing: Guilty plea to fraud charges over precursor chemicals bought on Amazon

    October 30, 2020

    A man has pleaded guilty to fraud in relation to chemicals bought by the brother of the Manchester Arena bomber. Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard that Yahya Werfalli’s bank details were used to buy hydrogen peroxide on Amazon. The chemicals were acquired by brothers Salman and Hashem Abedi for the bomb that killed 22 people in May 2017 Werfalli, ...

  • Sri Lanka: Japan extends Rs. 115 m in support of humanitarian demining activities in north

    October 30, 2020

    The Government of Japan has provided a total sum of $ 636,363 (approx. Rs. 115 million) to the HALO Trust for humanitarian demining activities in northern Sri Lanka. The grant contract was signed on 29 October between Japanese Ambassador Sugi-yama Akira and HALO Trust Program Manager Belinda Vause. Due to the prevailing COVID-19 situation, the contract ...

  • Spain Takes Down Terrorist Cell Recruiting Online For The So-Called Islamic State

    October 30, 2020

    On 28 October, Europol supported the CGI of the Spanish National Police (Comisaría General de Información de la Policía Nacional) in arresting three suspects linked to a terrorist cell actively recruiting and indoctrinating young people. The individuals, among which feature the alleged leaders of the cell, were arrested as a result of house searches carried ...

  • Manchester Arena Inquiry: Staff ‘identify suspicious behaviour not ethnicity’

    October 29, 2020

    Behaviour is the major factor when identifying a terror suspect, rather than ethnicity, a security expert told the Manchester Arena Inquiry. Tony Holyland from the Security Industry Authority (SIA) said Salman Abedi’s actions on the night he bombed the venue should have raised suspicion. Twenty-two people died in the attack on 22 May 2017. Mr Holyland said Abedi’s ...

  • Afghanistan: Questions Raised on Recent Unclaimed Attacks

    October 29, 2020

    Recent attacks in Kabul and Khost provinces that have gone unclaimed have raised questions among Afghans who say it will undermine the ongoing peace efforts in the country. The Interior Affairs Ministry has blamed Taliban for the attacks, but the group has not claimed responsibility for the incidents and has rejected involvement in some of them. On ...

  • Somalia: AMISOM conducts security sector training for troops in Kismayo

    October 29, 2020

    The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has concluded a two-day training on International Humanitarian Law, Human Rights and Gender for AMISOM, Somalia National Army (SNA) and Jubbaland forces. The training in Kismayo, the administrative capital of Jubbaland State, was to sensitise AMISOM and Somali troops on how to integrate issues of Humanitarian Law, Human Rights ...

  • 10 ATMs damaged amid overnight unrest in Philadelphia

    October 27, 2020

    Police say 10 ATMs were damaged late Monday and early Tuesday in Philadelphia. Police said officers responded to the 600 block of Wendover Street, in Philadelphia’s Manayunk section, at about 11:50 p.m. Monday after an ATM exploded at Dalessandro’s Steaks. “The loud boom woke me up,” said area resident Kristen Mckernan. It was not clear if any cash ...

  • Afghanistan: Attack on Police Special Unit in Khost Ends, Gunmen Killed

    October 27, 2020

    An attack by seven gunmen, with three explosive-laden vehicles, at a police special unit compound in the eastern city of Khost, ended after nine hours, said the spokesman for Khost’s governor, Talib Mangal. The spokesperson said all gunmen had been killed. Seven attackers were involved in the attack, according to officials. The attack started with a car ...

  • N.Y. Army National Guard EOD Techs Partner with FBI for Blast Training

    October 27, 2020

    JAMESVILLE, N.Y. – Nearly 30 members from several agencies, including 21 Soldiers from the New York Army National Guard’s 1108th Explosive Ordnance Company, trained with FBI agents on the identification of explosive ordinance at a Jamesville, New York rock quarry from October 26 to 30, 2020. In cooperation with Hanson Aggregates, the company that runs the ...

  • Car bomb blast in Somali capital kills 2

    October 27, 2020

    At least two people were killed and five wounded, including soldiers, Tuesday when a car bomb blast targeted an official in the Somali capital Mogadishu, officials said. The bomb attack went off near the Sinka Dher intersection in Mogadishu. “The Al-Shabaab terrorist group targeted the Kahda district commissioner with a car bomb blast killing two people and ...

  • Pakistan: At least 8 killed, more than 110 injured in blast at madressah in Peshawar

    October 27, 2020

    At least eight people were killed and more than 110 injured in an explosion on Tuesday morning at the Jamia Zuberia madressah in Peshawar’s Dir Colony. According to Lady Reading Hospital spokesperson Mohammad Asim, four of the deceased were students between the ages of 20 to 25. “The blast took place in the madressah during a Quran ...

  • Afghanistan: ANP bomb disposal unit defused six roadside bombs in Sar-e-Pul, Laghman, Nangarhar and Nimruz provinces

    October 27, 2020

    Afghan National Police bomb disposal unit detected and rendered safe six roadside bombs planted by terrorists in Sar-e-Pul, Laghman, Nangarhar and Nimruz provinces. https://twitter.com/moiafghanistan/status/1320976035517779968 During a patrol in Paghman district of Kabul ANP discovered & defused one rocket. The terrorists had prepared the rocket to launch on Kabul City. As a result of search operation, ANP seized 19 ...

  • Turkey: Suspected Kurdish militants dead after police chase

    October 26, 2020

    A suspected Kurdish militant killed himself by detonating explosives following a police chase Monday near Turkey’s border with Syria, and a second suspect was slain by security forces, officials said. A small number of people were injured in the incident in the town of Iskenderun, in Hatay province, the region’s governor said, adding that none of ...

  • Three Civilians Wounded in Kabul Magnetic Mine Blast

    October 26, 2020

    At least three civilians were wounded in a magnetic mine blast on Monday morning in Kabul city, Kabul police confirmed. The incident happened around 7:35am local time in the Haji Nabi Township in PD6 of Kabul city when a magnetic mine detonated on a Toyota Land Cruiser Prado vehicle, the statement said. The statement did not provide ...

  • Autumn 2020 edition of the Counter-IED Report magazine is now available to read online and in print

    October 26, 2020

    Articles, in-depth analysis and insights from Leeds Beckett University Law School, C-IED Centre of Excellence, U.S. Department of Defense – Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO), aunav by everis ADS, NATO EOD Centre of Excellence, DynITEC, Thales UK and CBRNe Secure India. We would like to thank all organisations and authors of the articles for their ...

  • Former Taliban fighters are hired to clear minefields in Afghanistan

    October 25, 2020

    Hundreds of former Taliban fighters are being recruited by a British charity to clear landmines in Afghanistan. Major General James Cowan, ex-commander of British troops in Helmand province, said the former insurgents were swapping AK47s for mine-detectors to earn £230 a month. He said that although he had lost 64 of his soldiers to the Taliban, he ...

  • Fire damages German infectious disease institute

    October 25, 2020

    Bottles and incendiary devices were thrown at the facade of a building belonging to the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin. The government agency has been at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19 in Germany. A Robert Koch Institute (RKI) building in Berlin was targeted with incendiary devices in the early hours of Sunday, police in ...