News – September 2020


  • Miami International Airport: Fly through security with new screening technology

    September 21, 2020

    Security screening at Miami International Airport in the post-COVID-19 era just got easier, thanks to the installation of seven state-of-the-art computed tomography (CT) scanners at six Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoints. Passengers traveling through a lane with a CT scanner will now be permitted to leave laptops and other electronic devices in their carry-on bags. The ...

  • IED attacks on Western military and diplomatic assets witness a surge in Iraq

    September 21, 2020

    These attacks come in parallel to and complement those with rockets and mortars targeting foreign and especially the US, military and diplomatic assets to force a US withdrawal On September 15, a roadside bombing attack targeted British diplomatic vehicles in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. The attack targeted an embassy convoy on a Baghdad highway close to ...

  • Solomon Islands: Explosion kills British and Australian bomb disposal experts

    September 21, 2020

    Two bomb disposal workers – one from the UK and one from Australia – have died after an explosion in the Solomon Islands. Stephen “Luke” Atkinson and his Australian colleague Trent Lee worked for Norwegian People’s Aid, which helps remove undetonated ordinance left over from the Pacific front of the Second World War. It has not been ...

  • Philippines: Sulu bomb attack foiled

    September 21, 2020

    Security forces thwarted a bomb attack by suspected Abu Sayyaf terrorists with the discovery of an improvised explosive device (IED) at a wharf in Jolo, Sulu on Saturday night. The IED was found near the offices of the harbor master and the maritime police at past 6 p.m., according to Lt. Col. Alaric delos Santos, spokesman ...

  • Ireland: Army bomb squad removes viable device discovered in Galway city

    September 20, 2020

    The Army Bomb Disposal Team has removed a viable device discovered in the Knocknacarra area of Galway City. The team was called shortly after 10pm last night to investigate the improvised explosive device, following a request from gardaí. On arrival, a cordon was established and maintained for the duration of the operation. Read more… Source: TheJournal.ie  

  • Afghanistan: 4,776 IEDs Defused in Past 6 Months

    September 20, 2020

    The Ministry of Defense on Sunday said the Afghan National Army (ANA) has discovered and defused 4,776 IEDs across the country during the last six months. The ministry in a statement said the IEDs had been planted by the Taliban on public roads, in residential areas and on highways. According to the ministry statement: “Lives of thousands ...

  • Afghanistan: Deputy police chief killed in Taliban roadside bomb in Paktika province

    September 19, 2020

    A deputy provincial police chief was killed and several police officers wounded in a Taliban roadside bomb explosion in Afghanistan’s eastern Paktika province on Saturday, a provincial police spokesman confirmed. “Colonel Mohammad Asif Tokhi, deputy provincial police chief of Paktika, martyred and several policemen were wounded in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) explosion in surrounding areas ...

  • Philippines: Soldier killed, 4 hurt in Maguindanao roadside bombing

    September 19, 2020

    A roadside bomb ripped through a Philippine Marine vehicle on Friday evening in Datu Hofer, Maguindanao, killing a serviceman and wounding four others. An initial report sent to Col. Arnold Santiago, Maguindanao police director, identified the fatality only as a certain Private Angot, a member of the 5th Marine Battalion Landing Team under the 1st Marine ...

  • Gatwick Airport is sharing snaps of its best airport dogs and they’re adorable

    September 18, 2020

    Gatwick Airport is offering up a break from the doom and gloom with some adorable photos of the dogs which work at the airport. The company has been sharing snaps of some of the dogs it employs, and sharing some sweet tidbits about them including their professional and personal lives. The light-hearted project first started in July, ...

  • Iraq: IED blast hits English-language institute in Najaf, no casualties

    September 18, 2020

    An improvised explosive device (IED) struck an English-language institute in Najaf’s city centre in the early hours of Friday, according to Iraqi state media, with no casualties reported. The blast at the American Institute for English in the city’s al-Ghadeer neighbourhood “resulted only in material damage,” Iraqi state media quoted Najaf’s police department as saying. No group ...

  • UK: Channel 4’s Inside the Bomb Squad to feature Newbury

    September 17, 2020

    For the first time in the UK, Channel 4 is allowing inside access into the daily jobs of those who form part of the ‘bomb squad’, working to keep Britain safe. One episode will be featuring a major landmark very close to home – Newbury Race Course. Inside the Bomb Squad will feature specialist search teams training ...

  • Turkish police arrest 16 Daesh/ISIS suspects

    September 17, 2020

    Turkish police arrested 16 suspects in the capital Ankara allegedly linked to the Daesh/ISIS terror group, security sources said on Thursday. Anti-terror police in coordination with the national intelligence service arrested 16 out of 19 Iraqi nationals sought over links to Daesh/ISIS and conflict regions, said the source, who asked not to be named due to ...

  • Philippines: Army foils bomb plot in Maguindanao

    September 17, 2020

    Military authorities in Maguindanao said they foiled Wednesday an attempt by suspected Moro bandits to set off roadside bombs after soldiers discovered an improvised explosive device (IED) in Mamasapano town. Maj. Gen. Juvymax Uy, Army’s 6th Infantry Division (ID) commander and Joint Task Force Central (JTFC) chief, said government forces found the IED in Barangay Pimblakan, ...

  • Virginia: Warrant details how a note in a safe helped Roanoke County police identify a suspected bomb-maker

    September 17, 2020

    “These devices are consistent with what has been used to attack police during riots in the past.” That’s how a search warrant executed on Sept. 3 described what authorities found inside a safe at a Roanoke County apartment on Aug. 31, 2020. Maintenance workers at the Villages at Garst Creek apartments found the safe and cut it ...

  • Afghanistan hit by blackouts after power pylons destroyed

    September 16, 2020

    Afghan households and businesses in about a third of the country have been hit by blackouts after electricity pylons in the northern province of Baghlan were blown up over the weekend, the main power utility said on Monday. The utility, Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS), said three pylons carrying 220 KW of electricity imported from neighboring ...

  • Afghanistan: Takhar Blast Claims 2, Wounds 12

    September 16, 2020

    Security officials in Takhar province reported that a car bomb had exploded in the Kalafgan district of the province, killing two people and injuring 12 others. Takhar police spokesman Khalil Aseer said, the incident took place at around 5:00 pm yesterday in front of the city’s plenary religious school in Kalafgan district. According to Aseer, the explosion ...

  • U.S. Army cleanups support installation readiness

    September 16, 2020

    SAN ANTONIO — The Army’s Environmental Restoration Program, more commonly known as the Army Cleanup Program, addresses a variety of hazardous contaminants and military munitions on Army installations across the globe to bolster readiness. The initiative stemmed from the Defense Environmental Restoration Program, established in 1986 by the Department of Defense. The mission is to ensure compliance ...

  • UK: Neo-Nazi farmer, 58, kept grenades, mines and explosives in his country home

    September 16, 2020

    A suspected neo-Nazi kept an arsenal of explosives at his country home and stored deadly cyanide poison next to the ginger beer and salad cream in his fridge, a court heard. Counter-terrorism police found large stocks of poisons along with a cache of grenades, mines and explosives after raiding the rural home of Russell Wadge, 58, ...

  • New York: Man charged after possible bomb-making materials found at scene of Queens house fire

    September 16, 2020

    A man is facing charges after potentially explosive materials were found at the scene of a fire at his Queens home Tuesday, police said. According to the NYPD, Marak Squires, 37, was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment. Police said more charges could come later. Squires remained at a Manhattan hospital Wednesday morning, where he was brought ...

  • Deadly bomb attack took place at Houston’s Poe Elementary 61 years ago today

    September 16, 2020

    It was Sept. 15, 1959, when an ex-convict, 49-year-old Paul Orgeron, showed up on the campus of Edgar Allan Poe Elementary with his 7-year-old son and a suitcase packed with dynamite. He was angry that he couldn’t enroll his son in school because he didn’t have the proper paperwork. Orgeron handed a teacher a note and then ...