News – October 2021


  • Pakistan Navy EOD participates in 8th multinational exercise NUSRET 2021 at Turkey

    October 31, 2021

    Pakistan Navy participated in 8th multinational special operations exercise ‘NUSRET 2021’ at Canakkale, Turkey. PN Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team participated alongwith teams of other countries under the auspices of Turkish authorities. Teams from Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Iraq, Libya, Oman, Republic of Korea, Romania and Tanzania participated in the exercise. Representatives from NATO Mine ...

  • Yemen: 1,700 Shells, Cluster Bombs Discovered by YEMAC in Four Provinces

    October 31, 2021

    The Executive Office for YEMAC confirmed the discovery of 1,706 shells and remnants of Saudi-led coalition weapons, most of which were prohibited projectiles and explosives. The office indicated, in a statistic published Sunday on its Twitter account, that it had discovered 50 cluster bombs, 39 anti-tank mines, and 33 anti-personnel mines in those provinces. Field teams on ...

  • Pakistan: Two killed, three FC personnel injured in Panjgur blast

    October 31, 2021

    At least two people were killed while three FC personnel suffered injuries when an explosive device went off in Balochistan’s Panjgur district, it was reported on Sunday. Police officials said that a remote-controlled explosive device was planted in a motorcycle in the Chitkan Bazar area. They stated that the law enforcement agencies have cordoned off the ...

  • Yemen: 12 dead in blast near Aden airport

    October 30, 2021

    At least 12 civilians were killed Saturday in a blast near the airport of Aden, the Yemeni government’s interim capital, a senior security official told AFP. “Twelve civilians were killed in an explosion” in the vicinity of Aden airport and “there are also serious injuries”, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, adding that ...

  • Fruit-shaped bomb kills 2 children in Uganda

    October 30, 2021

    A blast has killed at least two children in a Ugandan village as the country grapples with the third bomb attack in a week. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Friday’s incident. According to a senior police official, the device looked like an exotic “jackfruit” and was given to the children while they were ...

  • Nigeria: Heavy military patrols on Kaduna/Abuja highways after attack on rail track

    October 30, 2021

    Following bandits attack on the Abuja/Kaduna rail track, soldiers have taken over patrol of the ever busy Abuja/Kaduna highways. The patrol, is to forestall kidnap of travelers and other motorists plying the route. Daily Sun, gathered that the patrol consisting men of the Nigerian army, Navy and Air Force which started about a forthright ago is ...

  • Somalia: Ten Al-Shabaab militants killed in own IED blast in Mudug region

    October 30, 2021

    At least 10 al-Shabaab militants, among them senior commanders were on Friday killed in a landmine explosion after their vehicle ran into on an IED in an area around Qay’ad, Mudug region, central Somalia. In a case of falling into one’s own trap, locals reported that the blast was caused by a landmine, believed to have ...

  • Pakistan: 4 Daesh, al-Qaeda men arrested in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province

    October 30, 2021

    Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) during an action foiled a major terrorism bid by arresting four members of the Daesh and Al Qaeda during an action in Landikotal area of Khyber district. The official said that during the action, four terrorists were held and four magnetic IEDs, two suicide jackets, six anti-personnel IEDs, 58 IED receivers, 9 IED ...

  • Jammu and Kashmir: 2 Army personnel killed in blast in Rajouri district

    October 30, 2021

    An officer and a jawan of the army were killed in a mysterious blast near a forward post along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, officials said. The blast took place in Kalal area of Nowshera sector when an army column was on patrol duty as part of ...

  • Japan provides Rs. 124 mn to support humanitarian demining activities in Northern Sri Lanka

    October 28, 2021

    The Government of Japan has provided a total sum of US$ 625,698 (approx. Rs. 124 million) to the HALO Trust for humanitarian demining activities in Northern Sri Lanka. The grant contract was signed on 28th October 2021 at the Ambassador’s Residence in Colombo, between Ambassador of Japan Akira Sugiyama, and Ms. Belinda Vause, Head of Region ...

  • Uganda: Security discovers Bomb in Sembabule District

    October 28, 2021

    Counter-Terrorism Police and the Bomb squad personnel on Wednesday rushed to Nakasagazi village, Kasongi parish in Kawanda sub-county, to retrieve a bomb that was discovered in a forest. It is reported that children who had gone to collect firewood saw the unexploded rusty projectile which had been abandoned for some time. The naïve youngsters took it to ...

  • Nigeria: Boko Haram Relocates Bomb Makers to Kaduna as ISIS Council Visits ISWAP Base in Lake Chad

    October 27, 2021

    The leadership of the Boko Haram sect loyal to the Bakoura Buduma camps have relocated their bomb fabricators to a forest in Southern Kaduna State, PRNigeria has learnt. The bomb makers, known as Amaliyyahs by the Sect authorities, were recently deployed to Rijana, Igabi, and Chikun town in the Southern Province of Kaduna. Internal sources say the ...

  • 1 Turkish soldier killed, another wounded in explosion in Northern Iraq

    October 26, 2021

    Turkish soldier was killed and another one was wounded in northern Iraq when a bomb planted by terrorists exploded, the Defense Ministry said Monday. The ministry said in a statement that the soldier was wounded in the Operation Claw-Thunderbolt area due to the blast from the improvised explosive device (IED). The wounded soldier was immediately taken to ...

  • Solomon Islands: WW2 bomb kills two, injures two others

    October 26, 2021

    A bomb blast in Honiara in Solomon Islands has killed a father and his son and left other members of his family severely injured. The father died during the blast at around 7pm last night and his son two hours later at the National Referral Hospital in Honiara. The Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation reports the man’s wife ...

  • Cambodia: MoU signed to find funding for Preah Sihanouk mine clearance

    October 26, 2021

    Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA) yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Cambodia Emergency Rescue People’s Association (CERPA), aimed at appealing for funding from Chinese investors to support mine clearing projects in Preah Sihanouk. The signing of the MoU took place at Preah Sihanouk provincial hall. CMAA first vice-president Ly Thuch said that Preah ...

  • Philippines: PNP blames NPA for Iloilo bombing

    October 25, 2021

    The Philippine National Police (PNP) has blamed communist rebel group New People’s Army (NPA) for the bombing in Tubungan town of Iloilo, which injured two police officers. In a statement on Tuesday, PNP chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar however dismissed the recent attacks as a mere strategy to show that the rebels are still strong — which ...

  • Uganda police investigate bus explosion that killed 1 person

    October 25, 2021

    Ugandan police are investigating an explosion on a long-distance bus that killed one person Monday, the second fatal blast in less than 48 hours in the East African country. The bus was traveling from the capital, Kampala, to the western part of Uganda. The cause of the blast was not immediately known. Police said in a statement ...

  • Autumn 2021 edition of the Counter-IED Report magazine is now available to read online and in print

    October 25, 2021

    We are pleased to inform you that Autumn 2021 edition of the Counter-IED Report is now available to read online and in print. Articles, in-depth analysis and insights from C-IED Centre of Excellence, MILENG COE, NATO EOD COE, Conflict Armament Research, Med-Eng, 3DX-Ray, Terrogence, The University of Sheffield, et al. To view contents please use this link: ...

  • Florida: Man guilty of posting bomb instructions for terrorists

    October 25, 2021

    A South Florida man has been convicted of posting bomb-making instructions on the internet for people who he believed were Islamic terrorists. Court records show that 29-year-old Samuel Baptiste pleaded guilty Friday in Miami federal court to attempting to provide material support to terrorists. He faces up to 15 years in prison. According to an indictment, ...

  • Mali: Growing Trend of Violence Against UN Peacekeepers

    October 25, 2021

    On 2 October 2021, a United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) peacekeeper died and four others were seriously injured in an improvised explosive device (IED) attack in Tessalit, Kidal region. Strongly condemning the incident, Mr El-Ghassim Wane, the Special Representative of the Secretary General and Head of MINUSMA, remarked that, “this incident ...

  • Afghanistan: Surge in Islamic State Attacks on Shia

    October 25, 2021

    The Islamic State of Khorasan Province (ISKP), an armed group affiliated with the Islamic State (ISIS), is carrying out bombings and other targeted attacks against Afghanistan’s Shia religious minority that amount to crimes against humanity, Human Rights Watch said today. The group has also carried out other mass casualty attacks, including the August 29, 2021 ...

  • Bomb attack on Russian military convoy attempted in Syria

    October 25, 2021

    An attempt was made to blow up a Russian military police convoy in Syria, Russian soldiers were not hurt, Vadim Kulit, deputy chief of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Opposing Parties in Syria, said on Monday. “Today, at 08:55 local time, an improvised caseless explosive device went off before the head car of the ...

  • India, US troops carry out joint C-IED, C-UAS training during Yudh Abhyas 21

    October 25, 2021

    A combined Counter Improvised Explosive Device (C-IED) and Counter Unmanned Aerial Systems (C-UAS) training was carried out by armies of India and the US during the conduct of exercise ‘Yudh Abhyas’ at the Equipment Simulator Training Area (ESTA) Alaska’ Anchorage. Civilian and military experts from the US displayed the Medium Mine Protected Vehicle (“The Panther”) and ...

  • Lebanon’s townspeople hope for mine-free orchards after two decades of fear

    October 25, 2021

    From the balcony of a mosque in Lebanon’s southern town of Abbasiya, a group of townspeople have been anxiously monitoring their orchards for two decades, as the land was planted with mines by the Israeli army before its withdrawal in 2000. Unfortunately, Lebanese authorities failed to clean the orchards and spare the town’s residents from the ...

  • Blast in Ugandan capital Kampala kills one, injures five

    October 24, 2021

    An explosion in Uganda’s capital Kampala, that killed one and injured five, was “a terrorist act”, according to President Yoweri Museveni, who promised to hunt down those responsible. Police said the “serious blast” occurred at about 9pm (18:00 GMT) at a popular street-side restaurant strip in Kawempe division in Kampala on Saturday. Museveni said he had been ...

  • Azerbaijan: About 48,500 mines, munitions defused in Karabakh in past 11 months

    October 23, 2021

    Azerbaijan’s Mine Action Agency found and defused 48,411 mines and munitions from November 10, 2020, to October 15, 2021, on territories liberated from Armenia’s occupation in last year’s war. “In the liberated territories, 22,230 unexploded munitions, 17,426 antipersonnel, and 8,755 anti-tank mines were found and neutralized. Mine clearance there is ongoing,” the chairman of the agency’s ...

  • Afghanistan: ISIL claims responsibility for detonating power pylon in northern Kabul

    October 23, 2021

    Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant officially claimed responsibility for detonating a power pylon that cut the main power line to Kabul and left the Afghan capital in complete darkness since Thursday. In a statement released on the Telegram channel, the group said that the soldiers of the caliphate detonated a bomb on an electricity ...

  • US kills senior al-Qaeda leader in Syria with drone strike

    October 23, 2021

    The US military has killed senior al-Qaeda leader Abdul Hamid al-Matar in a drone strike in Syria, a US Central Command spokesman said. “The removal of this al-Qaeda senior leader will disrupt the terrorist organisation’s ability to further plot and carry out global attacks threatening US citizens, our partners, and innocent civilians,” US Army Major John ...