News – October 2021


  • UK funding for land mine clearance scrapped in Lebanon, Iraq and S. Sudan

    October 9, 2021

    UK government funding for land mine clearance in Lebanon, Iraq and South Sudan, as well as three other countries, has been scrapped in what humanitarian organisations called a “catastrophic collapse in support”. The Mines Advisory Group (MAG) released a statement earlier this week estimating that UK funding for mine action removal will be reduced by 80 ...

  • MAG responds to catastrophic collapse in UK support for landmine clearance

    October 8, 2021

    Below is a statement from MAG CEO Darren Cormack, responding to the news that UK funding for humanitarian mine action has been slashed by 80 per cent. MANCHESTER — The UK Government’s decision to reduce its funding for humanitarian mine action by 80 per cent is a catastrophic collapse in support that will harm the lives ...

  • Afghanistan: Deadly explosion kills and wounds worshipers in Northern Kunduz Province

    October 8, 2021

    A deadly explosion in Khan Abad port of northern Kunduz province inflicted casualties to at least 80 worshipers on Friday, October 8, BBC reported. The explosion has occurred in a mosque where hundreds of people had gathered to perform Friday prayer. Deputy Minister of information and culture and spokesperson of the Taliban Zabiullah Mujahid has also confirmed ...

  • Afghanistan: ISIS-K suicide bomber who carried out deadly Kabul airport attack had been released from prison days earlier

    October 8, 2021

    The ISIS-K suicide bomber who carried out a terrorist attack at Kabul international airport in late August, killing 13 US service members and dozens of Afghans, had been released from a prison near Kabul just days earlier when the Taliban took control of the area, according to three US officials. Two US officials, as well as ...

  • India: Man held for planting IED bomb in front of the National People’s Party office in Shillong

    October 8, 2021

    A person was arrested, on Thursday, for his alleged connection in planting an IED bomb infront of the National People’s Party, (NPP) office at Lachumiere, Shillong. Speaking to reporters Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma informed that one person has been arrested by the police and interrogation in on to find out more. “There will be ...

  • Texas: TSA Explosive Detection Canines are trained in San Antonio

    October 8, 2021

    Some of the most important security missions across mass transportation systems are in the hands or paws of canines. Currently throughout the nation, there are more than 1,000 canine teams part of the Transportation Security Administration’s National Explosives Detection Canine Program in charge of screening cargo and passengers. The TSA Explosive Detection Canines and Passenger Screening Canines ...

  • Saudi air defenses intercept Houthi drone targeting Abha airport, four injured

    October 7, 2021

    Saudi Arabia’s air defenses have intercepted a booby-trapped drone launched by the Iran-backed Houthis in attempt to carry out an attack on Abha International Airport. “Shrapnel have scattered and fell in the vicinity of Abha’s internal airport as a result of the interception,” a statement by the Arab Coalition added. “The shrapnel have caused minor injuries to ...

  • Singapore: Four-legged veterans from the Military Working Dog Unit (MWDU) are looking for a new roof over their heads

    October 7, 2021

    Our four-legged veterans from the Military Working Dog Unit (MWDU) are looking for a new roof over their heads! If you’re interested in making them part of your family, you can find out more in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and fill up the application form here. For further queries, you can contact the Adoption Team ...

  • Mali: Several soldiers killed in IED attack in Mopti region

    October 6, 2021

    At least nine soldiers have been killed and 11 more wounded in an attack in central Mali, the army said, but local officials said the death toll was even higher. The attack on Wednesday occurred near the village of Bodio in the Mopti region, the epicentre of violence in Mali by fighters linked to al-Qaeda and ...

  • Afghanistan: 3 Taliban members wounded in roadside bomb blast in Nangarhar

    October 6, 2021

    Afghan media quoted Taliban officials as saying that an explosion in Nangarhar province and an armed attack in Laghman province wounded Taliban members and Afghan civilians. This explosion happened shortly after 8 p.m. on Tuesday near Qala-e-Akhund in Kameh District in Nangarhar province. Medical officials in Nangarhar also reported that four people have been taken to hospital ...

  • Alabama: Homemade Bomb Explodes at Selma Apartment Complex

    October 6, 2021

    A homemade bomb explodes at a public housing complex in Selma. The explosion happened at Rangedale Apartments — at around 3:30 Wednesday morning. The blast damaged an apartment and scattered shrapnel. But no one was hurt. https://twitter.com/ALNewsNetwork/status/1445911122326921225 Read more… Source: Alabama News Network  

  • Afghanistan: Blast in Khost province kills 1, wounds 17

    October 6, 2021

    One person has been confirmed dead and 17 others were injured as an explosive device went off in a religious school in Khost city, capital of eastern Khost province on Wednesday, a provincial official said Thursday. He said that a student was busy in dismantling a mine when the device exploded and inflicted the casualties, adding ...

  • Kenya: Germany commissions expansion of counter-IED complex in Embakasi

    October 5, 2021

    The war on terrorism has received a major boost after the Federal Republic of Germany commissioned the expansion of the new counter-Improvised Explosive Device (C-IED) wing at the Humanitarian Peace Support School (HPSS) in Embakasi. The Kshs. 300 million project funded by Germany will see military personnel from the East African region receive training on IED ...

  • Sri Lanka indicts ISIL ‘mastermind’ over Easter Sunday bombings

    October 5, 2021

    Sri Lankan prosecutors have indicted the alleged mastermind of the 2019 Easter Sunday suicide bombings along with 24 men they say are co-conspirators in the island’s worst single “terror” attack. Nearly 300 people including dozens of foreign nationals were killed in the April 21 attacks on three churches and three luxury hotels, in a wave of ...

  • Afghanistan: Taliban eliminates ISIS-K hideout in north of Kabul

    October 4, 2021

    The Taliban fighters reportedly conducted operations in Kabul’s northern suburb-Police District 17, Khair Khana- eliminating a safe haven of the ISIS Khorasan branch. Local residents have confirmed the shooting of light and heavy weapons in the area and have also reported two explosions. Sources of the Taliban have also said that they have launched operations in PD17 ...

  • Cambodia: Mine educational material reach over 740,000 people

    October 4, 2021

    In the first nine months of this year, mine-related institutions have provided educational material to more than 740,000 people, according to the Cambodian Mine Action Authority (CMAA). In a report on October 4, it said that from January to September, through the CMAA, relevant institutions and national and international mine operators have provided material to 740,070 ...

  • Kenya: Live bomb found in Samburu central sub-county

    October 4, 2021

    A live bomb has been detonated and six others collected by officers from the bomb disposal unit at Naibor Keju area in Samburu central sub-county. Samburu Central Sub County Deputy Police Commander Abdikadir Malicha said bombs were discovered Saturday in a thicket by a herder who was herding his cattle in the area. “We received a report ...

  • Explosive set off in Georgia neighborhood damages multiple homes

    October 3, 2021

    An explosive set off in a Georgia neighborhood over the weekend damaged a car and multiple homes, police said. Several Winder residents called 911 around 3:15 a.m. Saturday, saying that they had been woken up by a “loud explosion,” according to a news release from the Winder Police Department. Officers responded to Holly Drive near McNeal Road ...

  • Afghanistan: At least two dead and four wounded in Kabul explosion

    October 3, 2021

    A bomb was detonated at the entrance of a mosque in Kabul city on Sunday afternoon leaving at least two people dead. The Interior Ministry spokesman Saeed Khosti has confirmed two people were killed and four others were wounded in an explosion at the entrance to the Eid Gah Mosque in Kabul. Eyewitnesses stated, however, at least ...

  • Mali: One UN Peacekeeper Killed, Four Wounded In IED Explosion Near Tessalit, Kidal

    October 2, 2021

    One U.N. peacekeeper was killed and four more were severely wounded when their convoy hit an improvised explosive device in northern Mali on Saturday, the U.N. force in Mali said. The bloodshed near the town of Tessalit followed the killing of five Malian gendarmes in an ambush on a mining convoy in southern Mali earlier this ...

  • Austria: Explosive war relic kills German man at swimming lake

    October 2, 2021

    A German man has died in an explosion at Lake Ossiach in the southern Austrian state of Carinthia after retrieving a piece of ammunition from the water, local media said on Friday. The 59-year-old man was killed on Friday while handling the object, which he had found the day before and left on the shore of ...

  • Washington: Explosive device found outside Spanaway gym

    October 1, 2021

    Members of the Pierce County bomb squad safely disposed of an explosive device found outside a Spanaway gym earlier this week. Deputies were called to the gym in the 15700 block of Pacific Avenue South for a report of a suspicious object. When Pierce County Sheriff’s Department deputies arrived, the manager told them that a gym member ...

  • Drug Cartels Carry Out Drone Bombings, Evade Jammers

    October 1, 2021

    International drug cartels are using drone bombings in increasingly bold assassination attempts, both for their psychological impact and to bypass normal security. Two recent incidents highlight the trend: one attack on a house, another on a prison. The Mexican Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) is estimated to control a third of the illegal drugs entering the ...

  • Nearly 12 000 landmines destroyed by Sri Lanka under the Mine Ban Convention

    October 1, 2021

    “Sri Lanka is pleased to confirm that the Humanitarian Demining Unit of the Sri Lanka Army has destroyed nearly 12,000 stockpiled anti-personnel mines almost a year earlier than the deadline set to us by the treaty that bans the production, use, stockpile, and transfer of these indiscriminate weapons”, announced officials at the National Mine Action ...

  • Utah: Man indicted following multiple arrests for homemade bombs will spend years in federal prison

    October 1, 2021

    A St. George man who has been held without bail following his arrest in February was sentenced in federal court Wednesday. The original arrest of 36-year-old Logan Mertlich came after officers in Washington City found explosive devices in his car —one of three similar incidents the defendant was admittedly involved in. During the traffic stop in February, ...