News – October 2020


  • UK: Former student had tips on ‘how to make bomb in your mum’s kitchen’ on his phone

    October 16, 2020

    A former student caught with al-Qaeda magazines on his phone including ‘how to make a bomb in your mother’s kitchen’ has been jailed for three years. Salim Youssoufi, of Coventry Road, Small Heath, also had conversations with a man who was subsequently convicted of terrorist offences in Italy. The 26-year-old, was today found guilty of four charges ...

  • Pakistan: IEDs recovered in Upper Dir

    October 16, 2020

    The security forces recovered three improvised explosive devices (IEDs) Usheri Dara, official sources said on Thursday. “The IEDs were stuffed into pressure cookers and hidden in the fields in Usheri Dara,” an official said, adding, the security forces had launched an intelligence-based operation in the area during which the explosives were recovered. The bomb disposal unit officials ...

  • UK: Radicalisation warning ahead of sentencing of teen neo-Nazi who downloaded bomb manuals

    October 16, 2020

    A police chief has warned people to look out for signs of radicalisation among young people after a teenager was convicted of terror offences driven by far-right ideology. Harry Vaughan, 18, last month admitted downloading and sharing bomb-making manuals online after police found neo-Nazi, antisemitic and Satanic material on a memory stick in his bedroom. The teenager, ...

  • White supremacist pleads guilty to plotting to bomb Colorado synagogue

    October 16, 2020

    A man described by U.S. prosecutors as a neo-Nazi and white supremacist pleaded guilty on Thursday to a hate crime for plotting to bomb a historic Colorado synagogue last year. Richard Holzer, 28, pleaded guilty to attempting to stop people from exercising their religion with an explosive or fire and attempting to destroy a building used ...

  • UK: Sniffer dogs turn up at St Bees school for a treat of a lesson

    October 16, 2020

    Dogs arriving at school is always an exciting occasion, and when they’re the teachers, it’s even better. Pupils of St Bees School were over the moon to welcome some very clever canines to their lessons, with members of the Cumbria Nuclear Constabulary (CNC) explosive detection team teaching them all about their amazing sniffer dogs. With Sellafield just ...

  • Pakistan: 13 security personnel, 7 private guards martyred in two attacks in Ormara, North Waziristan

    October 16, 2020

    Thirteen security personnel and seven private guards were martyred in two separate attacks in Balochistan’s Gwadar district and the North Waziristan tribal district on Thursday, the military’s media wing said. In the first incident, seven soldiers of Frontier Corps (FC) Balochistan and seven security guards were martyred in an ‘encounter’ with a “large number of terrorists” ...

  • Dstl’s new counter-terrorism facility opened by The Queen

    October 15, 2020

    The Queen, accompanied by the Duke of Cambridge, officially opened Dstl’s new state-of-the-art Energetics Analysis Centre and met specialist scientific staff. The UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) has been given a rare Royal visit during the COVID-19 pandemic to showcase the science inside defence and security when Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by The ...

  • California: IEDs, homemade explosives lab found at Gilroy home where blast occurred

    October 15, 2020

    Authorities said they found multiple homemade IEDs and an explosives lab inside a residence in Gilroy that is at the center of an investigation. On Monday at around 2:20 p.m., Gilroy police responded to a home on the 1700 block of Mantelli Drive on reports of an explosion. A 53-year-old man involved in the blast suffered ...

  • Russia: Terrorists conspired to bomb Volgograd’s The Motherland Calls monument

    October 15, 2020

    Members of the outlawed terrorist organization who were liquidated in Volgograd had plotted a terrorist attack near The Motherland Calls memorial, as follows from a video released by the Public Relations Center of the Federal Security Service (FSB) on Thursday. On a map of Volgograd confiscated from the terrorists the monument was circled in black as ...

  • Afghanistan: Six Police Wounded in Zabul Car Bomb

    October 15, 2020

    At least 6 police were wounded in a car bomb targeting a security checkpoint in Zabul province on Thursday morning, said local officials. The incident happened in the Noorak area in Shahoy district of the province when a car bomb targeted the checkpoint, said Hekmatullah Koshi, provincial police chief. He said that the Taliban has increased their ...

  • Bomb squad spotted in Glasgow

    October 15, 2020

    The bomb squad rushed to the South Side yesterday after the alarm was raised about “items of concern”. Officers were spotted on Langlands Road at around 5pm as they investigated a property as part of a wider probe. The Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit were called in as a pre-caution and police say they are carrying out ...

  • Oklahoma: OHP Bomb Squad Disarm ‘Improvised Explosive Device’ In Chelsea

    October 15, 2020

    The OHP bomb squad has disarmed an ‘improvised explosive device’ in Chelsea Thursday night. Rogers County Deputies said they were searching for 57-year-old Thomas John Smith for burglary when they found and arrested him under a bridge near 6th and Willow on Thursday. They said he had what looked like an explosive device with him. The OHP bomb ...

  • UN peacekeeper killed and another seriously wounded after their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in northern Mali

    October 15, 2020

    A UN peacekeeper was killed in northern Mali and another seriously wounded after their vehicle hit a roadside bomb on Thursday, the UN mission said. The attack came as civil servants in the capital, Bamako, protested against the “selective release” of foreign hostages in hostage swap deals by the government. The attack on the UN Multidimensional ...

  • California: Oakland Man Convicted Of Targeting Law Enforcement Officers With Mail Bombs

    October 15, 2020

    A federal jury has convicted Ross Gordon Laverty of multiple felonies in connection with mailing two explosive devices to homes in Alameda and East Palo Alto, targeting law enforcement officers with the intent to injure or kill his targets. U.S. Attorney David Anderson and U.S. Postal Inspection Service Inspector in Charge Rafael Nuñez announced the verdict ...

  • UNMAS: Unexploded bombs to litter Iraq’s Mosul for more than a decade

    October 14, 2020

    The Iraqi city of Mosul will remain strewn with unexploded bombs for a decade, endangering a million or more civilians who want to return home following the end of three years of Daesh occupation, a U.N. demining expert said on Wednesday. Pehr Lodhammar, a senior program manager at the U.N. Mine Action Service (UNMAS) said the ...

  • Chicago: Trio used explosive device in attempted Lake View ATM burglary

    October 14, 2020

    Authorities are looking for three men suspected of using an explosive device to try and break into an ATM in Lake View over the summer. On June 14, one of the suspects allegedly planted an improvised explosive device next to a drive-thru ATM at a Fifth-Third Bank branch at 3179 N. Clark St., the FBI said ...

  • Afghanistan: Laghman Blast Claims 2, Injures Six

    October 14, 2020

    A magnetic mine exploded on a police vehicle in Mehtarlam, the capital of Laghman province, killing two people and injuring six others. A spokesman for Laghman’s governor, Asadullah Dawlatzai told media, that the blast took place Wednesday morning at the provincial police headquarters, killing eight people. This comes despite the recent increase in the number of sticky ...

  • Afghanistan: ANP Discovered and Defused Roadside Bombs in Kabul, Herat, Khost, Nimruz and Sar-e-Pul Provinces

    October 14, 2020

    ANP bomb disposal unit detected three landmines planted by terrorists in Sar-e-Pul City of Sar-e-Pul province & Delaram district of Nimruz province. https://twitter.com/moiafghanistan/status/1316253755764023301 On October 12 the engineering teams of ANP following point-to-point search operations, managed to discover & defuse four roadside bombs in Kabul, Herat & Khost provinces. https://twitter.com/moiafghanistan/status/1315588872559001601 Source: Afghan National Police  

  • Somali Intelligence Agency Seize 79 Tons of Bomb-Making Sulphuric Acid

    October 14, 2020

    Somalia’s National Intelligence and security agency (NISA) said its troops have seized 79 tonnes of sulphuric acid smuggled into the country for use by al-Shabab militants to make explosives. “We have seized 79 tonnes of sulphuric acid and arrested a number of people who smuggled it into the country and were transporting it to the al-Shabab ...

  • India: Joint anti-terror exercise by army, police in Pune

    October 14, 2020

    The Indian Army’s Counter-Terrorism Task Force (CTTF) and Quick Reaction Team (QRT) of Maharashtra police jointly carried out the anti-terror exercise in Pune. The purpose of the exercise was to “harmonize the drills and procedures of both army and police for activating anti-terrorist Quick Reaction Teams (QRTs) to counter any terrorist actions in Pune.” The exercise, organised ...