News – October 2020


  • Inside the FBI’s race to stop Austin, Texas, bombing spree

    October 20, 2020

    In March 2018, a serial bomber planted five explosive devices in packages and placed one next to a trip wire on a suburban street in Austin, Texas. Unsuspecting residents found packages outside their homes. The packages were designed to explode when they were picked up and moved. Two people were killed and four more injured. The ...

  • Angola: US donates over USD 11 million for demining

    October 20, 2020

    According to a note that ANGOP has had access, since 1995 and with increased funding in 2020, the US has so far contributed over US$145 million to these efforts in Angola and is the biggest bilateral donor to the humanitarian demining process in the country. They strongly support the government’s goal of safely clearing all minefields ...

  • Somalia: Immigration Chief Survives IED Attack In Mogadishu

    October 20, 2020

    A landmine blast killed at least 2 people and injured several others on Tuesday in Mogadishu. The explosion targeted Director-General of Immigration and Naturalization Directorate Mohamed Aden Koofi in KM 4 near hotel Afrik in the capital. The director-general escaped unscathed. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack but Al-Qaeda linked group Alshabab have conducted similar attacks ...

  • DHS: Power Hawk – The “Jaws of Life” for Bomb Squads

    October 20, 2020

    Recently in Rhode Island, the Office of the State Fire Marshal was called in by local law enforcement to examine a possible pipe bomb. Once the area was secured and the public was at a safe distance, the bomb squad went to work assessing the device. When they determined that it was indeed a live ...

  • Laos continues to clear UXO in country’s north

    October 20, 2020

    The Lao National Unexploded Ordnance Program (UXO Lao) has cleared more than 700 hectares of unexploded ordnance (UXO) in northern Laos’ Xieng Khuang province, as part of its continuing survey and clearance works that focus on agricultural land and inhabited areas. The latest results of the work were reported during a field visit to Xieng Khuang ...

  • UK: Counter-terror police raid ex-councillor’s Stoke-on-Trent home after he ‘buys chemicals for rocket drone’

    October 20, 2020

    Counter-terrorism police raided a former councillor’s house – after he bought potentially explosive chemicals for his own experimental rocket drone. Officers carried out a nine-hour search of Richard Broughan’s home in Milton, following his purchase of ‘explosives precursors’ over the internet. Mr Broughan says the chemicals are legal and that they were bought innocently in connection to a ...

  • Glowing engineered bacteria point out explosive landmines

    October 20, 2020

    New molecularly engineered E. coli bacteria emit a bioluminescence visible to the naked eye, enabling detection of landmines from afar. Researchers who discovered how to utilize fluorescent E. coli bacteria to locate landmines have recently further mutated them so that they are now both more sensitive and emit a glow visible to the naked eye, eliminating ...

  • IED attack injures civilians in Syria’s Manbij

    October 20, 2020

    A local military council in the northern Syrian city of Manbij said in a statement on Tuesday that an improvised explosive device (IED) earlier that day targeted a civilian vehicle, wounding several. “Around 12 Pm, a civilian car targeted by terrorist cells trying to disturb the security and stability in the town of Manbij” planted “a ...

  • Pakistan: Five hurt in IED blast at Sheerin Jinnah bus terminal in Karachi

    October 20, 2020

    Five people were wounded when a bomb exploded at the entrance of a bus terminal near Sheerin Jinnah Colony on Tuesday, said police officials and hospital sources. Police investigators said it was an improvised explosive device (IED) that was planted at the gate of the terminal. According to them, a bicycle rigged with some explosive material ...

  • Submarine killer Peter Madsen recaptured after reportedly trying to escape from prison with bomb threat

    October 20, 2020

    The Danish inventor serving a life sentence for torturing and murdering a Swedish journalist in a self-built submarine tasted freedom for about five minutes Tuesday when he escaped from his prison — but was quickly recaptured while carrying fake weapons, including a “bogus” explosives belt, officials said. Peter Madsen was seen in dramatic video posted by ...

  • 5 civilians killed in improvised bomb explosions in Maidan Wardak Province, Afghanistan

    October 20, 2020

    Five Afghan civilians were killed and nine others wounded after two improvised bombs tore apart two vehicles in eastern Wardak province on Tuesday, a provincial government spokesman confirmed. “The Improvised Explosive Device (IED) explosions occurred in span of short time in Kota-e-Ashro locality of Jalrez district in the morning. The blasts took place after the vehicles ...

  • DASA UK market exploration: future policing

    October 19, 2020

    DASA wants to understand the current market capability and development requirements for future policing initiatives. The Home Office and National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) are undertaking a market assessment of the availability of cutting-edge solutions and innovative concepts in development that will transform UK policing and security over the next 10 to 20 year period. The Defence ...

  • Spain dismantle a terrorist organisation recruiting and indoctrinating women

    October 19, 2020

    On 16 October the General Commissariat of Information of the Spanish National Police (Policía Nacional – CGI) arrested two individuals for their alleged link to a terrorist organisation and on suspicion of recruiting and indoctrinating for the purpose of jihadist terrorism. During an action day supported by Europol, Spanish police raided the homes of the ...

  • UK: Live ‘Second World War’ explosive found in brook near Loughborough

    October 19, 2020

    An explosive device has been discovered in a brook near Loughborough. Police in Charnwood said officers had been called at around 5.45pm yesterday to assist with a report of a suspected World War Two explosive device in Woodhouse Eaves. After inspecting the item, officers set up a wide cordon and the ‘bomb squad’ was called in. A Leicestershire ...

  • Afghanistan: NDS Arrests Suicide Bomber Mastermind During Raid

    October 19, 2020

    Local officials in Nangarhar said Daesh’s in-charge of suicide attacks arrested, their judge killed in separate raids in Jalalabad city following two separate raids by the National Security Forces in the region. Attaullah Khogyani, a spokesman for the Nangarhar governor, told the khaama Press on Monday that the two operations were carried out last night in ...

  • US Navy EOD Releases Strategic Guidance for next 10 years

    October 19, 2020

    CORONADO, Calif. (NNS) – Navy EOD released its force-shaping blue print for the next 10 years, Oct. 19, as its leadership looks to mold the military’s maritime EOD force into one that best supports the U.S., its allies and partner nations to compete and win in an era of Great Power Competition (GPC). The force’s first ...

  • Afghanistan: 12 Civilians Killed, More than 100 Wounded in Ghor Blast

    October 18, 2020

    At least 12 civilians were killed and more than 100 were wounded in a car bomb close to police HQ in Firozkoh, capital of Ghor, said the Ministry of Interior in a statement. The incident happened around 11am local time after a Toyota Corolla-brand vehicle “loaded with explosives” was detonated close to the police headquarters and ...

  • West Bengal: North Dinajpur explosions injure 3 TMC workers

    October 18, 2020

    At least three Trinamul supporters were injured on Saturday when crude bombs exploded during a clash in Lakkhipur area under Chopra block of North Dinajpur. Trinamul leaders blamed the CPM and Congress for the bomb attack. Denying the charges, the CPM and Congress accused Trinamul supporters of carrying bombs to a rally. The Chopra block committee of ...

  • Afghanistan: ANP foiled terror attacks in Laghman and Nimruz provinces

    October 17, 2020

    ANP detected an explosive-rigged motorcycle in Alingar district of Laghman province. The timely discovery of the explosives has foiled terror attack & saved the city from tragedy. https://twitter.com/moiafghanistan/status/1317365562507395074 ANP have discovered a large cache of ammunition in Char Burjak district of Nimruz. The cache containing tens of mortar rounds & rocket propelled grenade warheads. https://twitter.com/moiafghanistan/status/1317365568513728514 Source: Afghan Ministry of ...

  • Afghanistan: Salang Road Side Bomb Claims 3, Injures One

    October 17, 2020

    Local officials in Parwan province confirm that a roadside bomb blast in Salang district of the province killed three people, including Jamal head of the crimes department, and two of his accomplices. Reports indicate Anti-terror Police chief for the district was also injured in the blast. Wahida Shahkar, spokeswoman for the governor of Parwan told Khamaa Press ...