News – October 2021


  • Yemen war: Deadly landmines blight the lives of children on western coast

    October 23, 2021

    Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah used to have a carefree life, sailing on the sea with his father and brothers looking for fish instead of going to school. The 11-year-old is from a coastal village in Hodeidah’s Duraihimi district, where most of the people, including children, work in fishing to provide for their families and where education is ...

  • Afghanistan: Child among at least two killed in roadside bombing targeting the Taliban in Jalalabad

    October 23, 2021

    A roadside bombing targeting a Taliban vehicle in eastern Afghanistan has killed at least two civilians, including a child, Taliban and health officials said. Two bombs detonated in Jalalabad, east of Kabul, as a Taliban vehicle was passing by on Saturday, killing one child, district police chief Ismatullah Mubariz said. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the ...

  • Multinational Ardent Defender counter explosive threat exercise concludes in Canada

    October 22, 2021

    CANADIAN FORCES BASE BORDEN, Ontario, Canada – Explosive ordnance disposal technicians from 11 different nations improved their life-saving and mission-enabling skills during Exercise Ardent Defender in Canada, Sept. 18 – Oct. 22. The exercise brought together military and law enforcement bomb disposal technicians from the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, France, South Korea, Australia, Colombia, ...

  • NATO Allies take the lead on the development of NATO’s Innovation Fund

    October 22, 2021

    On Friday (22 October 2021), at a signing ceremony hosted by NATO’s Secretary General, Defence Ministers from 17 Allied countries agreed to take the lead on the development of NATO’s first Innovation Fund. This multinational Fund will help NATO retain its technological edge by enabling investment – worth 1 billion euros – in dual-use technologies of ...

  • B.C. man who detonated homemade bombs in Edmonton bank robberies sentenced to 9½ years prison

    October 22, 2021

    A British Columbia man who built bombs and used them to rob two Edmonton banks in 2018 was on Friday sentenced to nine-and-a-half years in prison. With credit for time already served, Justin Byron, 41, has just under five years left behind bars. Byron had previously pleaded guilty to six criminal charges including attempted robbery, robbery while ...

  • 8th ESB hosts East Coast EOD Team of the Year Competition

    October 22, 2021

    MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – Explosive Ordnance Disposal teams from across the Department of Defense competed in the third-annual East Coast Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Team of the Year Competition hosted by 8th Engineer Support Battalion (ESB) on Camp Lejeune, North Carolina from October 18 to 22, 2021. Ten teams from the U.S. Army, ...

  • Russian Federal Security Service prevents IS supporter-plotted terror attack in Stavropol Region

    October 22, 2021

    Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) has prevented a terror attack plotted by a supporter of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist organization (outlawed in Russia) in the Stavropol Region, a source in the FSB Public Relations Centre told TASS. “The Russian Federal Security Service has prevented an attempted headline-making terror attack plotted by a supporter of the ...

  • Northern Ireland: PSNI Officer thought under car device he discovered in 2019 was a ‘wind-up’

    October 21, 2021

    A police officer who discovered a bomb under his car initially thought the “crude” device put there was a “wind-up,” a court has heard. The viable device was discovered at Shandon Park Golf Club in east Belfast in June 2019. The officer’s statement was read during the first day of a non-jury trial. Peter Granaghan, of Blackrock Park, ...

  • 6 Pakistani security personnel die in 3 terror attacks

    October 21, 2021

    Six Pakistani security personnel were killed in three attacks in different parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Balochistan in two days. Four personnel including two FC soldiers Lance Naik Mudassir and Sepoy Jamshed and two police constables Abdul Samad and Noor Rehman lost their lives in an improvised explosive device (IED) attack, the military media wing ...

  • DASA UK: Cycle 3 of Defence Innovation Loans now open

    October 21, 2021

    The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is pleased to launch Cycle 3 of Defence Innovation Loans which has £10 million to lend for innovative defence solutions. Accessible to SMEs, and with a below market interest rate of 7.4% per annum, the Defence Innovation Loan provides an excellent opportunity to apply for affordable funds to help you ...

  • UK: Teenager who was ‘caught with a bomb-making video’ is set to face trial on terror charges

    October 21, 2021

    A 16-year-old schoolgirl who was allegedly caught with a ‘bomb-making video and instructions on how to build a homemade gun’ is to face trial on terrorism charges. The teenager, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, is charged with five counts of possessing information likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act ...

  • MCSC Begins Fielding Amphibious Robot System For Littoral Missions

    October 21, 2021

    MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. -= In September, Marine Corps Systems Command began fielding an amphibious, unmanned robot system to support littoral operations globally. The Explosive Ordnance Disposal Remotely Operated Vehicle is a next-generation, box-shaped robot that enables Marines to navigate safely and efficiently in shallow waters to identify and neutralize explosive hazards and other threats. “This ...

  • Syria: Deadly bomb blasts hit military bus in Damascus

    October 20, 2021

    A bomb attack on a military bus in central Damascus has killed 14 people, Syrian state media say. Two explosive devices attached to the vehicle blew up as it passed under Jisr al-Rais bridge during the morning rush hour, Sana news agency reported. Although Syria has been embroiled in civil war for a decade, such attacks in ...

  • Ireland: Men charged with possession of explosive powders, guns and a pipe bomb in South Kerry sent for trial

    October 20, 2021

    Two men charged with possession of ammunition, explosive powders, guns, an electric match and a pipe bomb in South Kerry have been sent forward for trial. 60-year-old Ivan Gilder of Gearha North, Blackwater, Sneem is facing charges under both the Firearms Act and the Explosive Substances Act, while 31-year-old Tomas Albrighton of Ardeen, Sneem, is facing ...

  • Drone Strikes Hit Positions Near U.S. Base in Syria

    October 20, 2021

    Unidentified drones struck positions near a U.S. military garrison located in a remote stretch of southeastern Syria close to the borders with Jordan and Iraq, Newsweek has learned. Reports of the attack first spread across local outlets tied to the Syrian opposition and were later confirmed to Newsweek by a U.S. official. The official said the ...

  • Afghanistan: 2 wounded in explosion in Kabul

    October 20, 2021

    At least two people were wounded in a bomb attack in Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday morning, the Ministry of Interior confirmed. A hand grenade was hurled from the Kabul Zoo towards Taliban security forces stationed in Dehmazang Square in Police District 3 of Kabul, spokesperson Qari Saeed Khosty wrote on his social media account. Local residents ...

  • Somalia: AMISOM Troops Commended For Their Support And Operations In HirShabelle State

    October 19, 2021

    The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) Sector 5 forces in Jowhar, have been commended for their exemplary role in helping secure elections and for their support in improving infrastructure in HirShabelle State of Somalia. On Sunday, HirShabelle State Vice President, Yusuf Ahmed Hagar ‘Dabageed’, officially inaugurated renovation works completed by AMISOM and partners at Mohamed ...

  • New analysis puts more accurate figure on size of last year’s Beirut blast

    October 19, 2021

    New light has been shed on the size of the explosion in Beirut, Lebanon in August 2020 that killed more than 200 people and injured thousands more. Estimate of the explosive yield of the blast, which resulted from the detonation of thousands of tonnes of improperly stored ammonium nitrate and damaged more than half the ...

  • 3DX-Ray to supply security screening for La Francophonie Summit in Tunisia, in 2022

    October 19, 2021

    3DX-Ray have won the contract to supply security screening in the form of their ThreatScan-LS3 at the prestigious 18th Francophonie Economic Forum, which has been delayed now to 2022 but is likely to be held on the island of Djerba in Tunisia. At the 117th extraordinary meeting of the Permanent Council of La Francophonie yesterday agreed to postpone ...

  • Pakistan: Bomb defused in Peshawar

    October 19, 2021

    The Bomb Disposal Unit personnel on Monday defused an explosive device weighing about two kilogrammes near a car bargain centre in Patang Chowk area on the Ring Road here, the police said. A police official told Dawn that the device was a pipe bomb having a timer, a detonator and ball bearings. He said the device ...

  • Nigerian Army foils terrorist attack on Forward Operating Base in Borno

    October 19, 2021

    The Nigerian Army has said that troops of Joint Task Force North East Operation HADIN KAI deployed alongside Cameroonian Defence Force have foiled an infiltration by terrorists on its camp at the Forward Operating Base, Wulgo, Borno on October 18, 2021. Four members of the Islamic State West Africa Province and Boko Haram terrorists were killed ...

  • UK: Notorious attacker found with bomb-making and neo-Nazi material

    October 19, 2021

    A man who attacked a woman so brutally she lost the ability to speak has now been convicted of possessing bomb-making and other terrorist material. Jon Craig’s hoard of terrorist literature and neo-Nazi photographs were discovered by police as they investigated him for assaulting the Polish shortbread factory supervisor in Elgin. The dad-of-five was described as “cowardly ...

  • AFICC acquisitions bolster EOD readiness for FY21, beyond

    October 18, 2021

    TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AFNS) – The Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center is acquiring new base support robots for Explosive Ordnance Disposal flights Department of the Air Force-wide. The new T7 Robotic system replaces the 20-year-old Andros F6A. The success of implementing new explosive ordnance disposal technology in fiscal year 2021 has the ...

  • Pakistan: Police targeted in Quetta bombing

    October 18, 2021

    A large improvised explosive device explosion has killed at least one policeman and wounded 17 others in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta, local officials say. The blast targeted a police truck carrying security personnel at the gate of the University of Balochistan’s Quetta campus on Monday. In a statement, the provincial counterterrorism department said the explosives ...

  • Task Force Phoenix CEMA cell in the fight against adversary unmanned aerial systems

    October 18, 2021

    CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait — Coalition forces are countering adversary unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) area of operations with a rapidly evolving set of tools and training. Task Force Phoenix—a combat aviation brigade responsible for full-spectrum aviation operations for Operation Spartan Shield (OSS) and Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR)—has a dedicated Cyberspace Electromagnetic ...

  • Somalia: Five civilians killed in explosion in Lower Shabelle

    October 18, 2021

    The blast ripped through a three-wheeled vegetable Tuk-Tuk, which was traveling from Balad to Garasweyne village, killing five civilians. An explosion has killed at least five Somali civilians in the south of the country on Monday, the latest in series of insecurity incidents in the Horn of Africa nation. The roadside blast ripped through a three-wheeled Tuk-Tuk ...

  • Myanmar Capital Hit by Another Bomb Blast at Local Administration Office

    October 18, 2021

    A ward-level administrator’s office in Pyinmana Township, Naypyitaw was hit by a bomb blast on Sunday evening, local residents told The Irrawaddy. It was the second bombing in the township in a week and the latest in a string of attacks exposing security vulnerabilities in Naypyitaw, Myanmar’s capital and the military regime’s seat of office. No ...

  • Senior leaders participate in threat-based C-IED training

    October 17, 2021

    FORT STEWART, GEORGIA – Senior leaders from 188th Infantry Brigade recently conducted threat based training specific to counter-improvised explosive devices here. The purpose of the training was as a refresher course to ensure sufficiency of counter IED procedures and measures in order to conduct future training for junior enlisted Soldiers. “Every year we do a couple of ...