News – September 2020


  • Royal Mail bomb squad incident: Student in court as police reveal reason for explosion scare

    September 15, 2020

    Police have revealed why suspicious package fears in Filton prompted a controlled explosion. Specialist officers, police dogs and an army bomb disposal unit evacuated Gloucester Road’s Royal Mail sorting office in the early hours of Friday (September 11). Investigations led officers to believe the parcel had been moved to Bath, where a controlled explosion was carried out ...

  • Iraq: Improvised explosive device targets British vehicles in Baghdad

    September 15, 2020

    An improvised explosive device has targeted British diplomatic vehicles in Iraq’s capital Baghdad. The British embassy said the blast targeted an embassy convoy on the airport road, close to the Umm al Tabool Mosque on Tuesday morning. There were no injuries but an armoured vehicle was badly damaged. Read more… Source: Sky News  

  • Afghanistan: Nangarhar Blast Claims 1, Hurts 3

    September 15, 2020

    Nangarhar officials said an explosion shook Angur Bagh are of PD2 in Nangarhar city at around 10am Tuesday, killing at least one security officer. “One person was killed and three others were injured in the incident”, Ataullah Khogyani spokesperson to the city’s governor said to the press. According to khogyani, the killed individual was an NDS soldier, ...

  • Ukrainian soldier injured in IED blast in Donbas

    September 15, 2020

    Ukrainian soldier has been injured amid engineering works after he stepped on an explosive device near the village of Vodiane in Donbas. “The soldier suffered an injury of moderate severety. He was promptly provided with first aid and evacuated to a hospital,” the Skhid Operational Tactical Grouping Command wrote on Facebook. The Command of the ...

  • South Africa: West Rand man nabbed for selling explosives

    September 15, 2020

    The Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) has arrested a man on the West Rand selling explosives used in illegal mines and ATM bombings. Officers seized several devices in his possession on Monday. JMPD spokesperson Wayne Minnaar said: “The officers managed to arrest one male suspect in his 30s who was in possession of 10 blasting cartridges, three ...

  • Unmanned Air Systems in Urban Environments – Pre-Qualification

    September 15, 2020

    The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) and Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) are seeking innovative technologies to enable Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) that will deliver tactical advantage and reduce threat to life for service personnel conducting operations in urban environments. This cross-departmental requirement between DASA and DE&S (jointly referred to in this document as ‘we’) is ...

  • Civilian Recognized by EOD Community with Navy’s Highest Honors

    September 14, 2020

    Indian Head, Md. – Christopher Cherry, a civilian explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) professional, was recognized with one of the Navy’s highest honors: the Department of the Navy (DON) Distinguished Public Service Award, at the EOD Technology and Training Program Board at Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters, September 11. Cherry was presented the award by Rear Adm. ...

  • US Navy EOD Members Earn Leadership Awards

    September 14, 2020

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) announced the recipients of the annual Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Leadership Awards on 28 August. The Rear Adm. Drapper L. Kauffman Leadership Award winner is Lt. Thomas Cowhey, assigned to Expeditionary Exploitation Unit (EXU) 1. The award is named after Draper L. Kauffman, who was directed to ...

  • UK: Bomb squad carry out controlled explosion on Gwynedd beach

    September 14, 2020

    The bomb squad carried out a controlled explosion on a “rusty device” found on a Gwynedd beach this morning. The discovery of the 14-inch long metal tube in Aberdesach, near Caernarfon just after 11.30am saw emergency crews attend. Llandwrog Coastguard Rescue Team went to investigate the scene shortly afterwards, sending pictures to Holyhead Coastguard who, in turn, ...

  • MSPO – essential and very much in demand

    September 14, 2020

    All eyes on Targi Kielce in September – not only the military business sector but the broadly defined industry is focused on the Kielce events. There are two reasons why this year has been so exceptional. First of all, it has been the Kielce autumn tradition to offers the world’s biggest military concerns’ the presentation ...

  • Former senator, 5 guards killed in Taliban ambush in W. Afghanistan

    September 14, 2020

    Taliban militants killed a former Afghan senator and five of his guards in the country’s western Badghis province on Monday, the acting provincial governor confirmed. The incident happened when a vehicle carrying Rangeen Mushkwani, a former member of Meshrano Jirga or upper house of the country’s parliament, was struck by a roadside bomb blast at midday, ...

  • Philippines: Troops overrun NPA lair in Zambo Sur town

    September 14, 2020

    The continued use of the improvised explosive device (IED) by New People’s Army terrorists show that “they don’t value human rights”, a military official said Monday. Lt. Col. Jo-ar Herrera, commander of the 53rd Infantry Battalion (IB), issued the statement as the military’s Task Unit “Kaiser”, composed of troops from the 53IB and 97IB of Army’s ...

  • NSWC IHEODTD announces name change

    September 14, 2020

    Indian Head, Md. – Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division (NSWC IHEODTD) announces its new name, Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Division (NSWC IHD). The name change reflects not only an alignment with its other warfare center counterparts, but also better represents the broader scope of activities at the ...

  • Two killed, five wounded in Ras al Ayn, Syria bombing

    September 13, 2020

    Two were killed and 12 wounded on Saturday in a bomb attack in Ras al Ayn, a town in northern Syria that Turkey captured in last October’s cross-border military operation, Shafaaq news website said. Improvised explosive device (IED) was the cause of the explosion which targetted Turkish-backed National Army, it said. Turkish-controlled areas in northern Syria have ...

  • Pakistan: Terrorist commander among 4 killed – ISPR

    September 13, 2020

    In a breakthrough, terrorist commander Ihsan Ullah, alias Ihsan Sanray, along with three other terrorists, was killed during an intelligence-based operation (IBO) in Ghariom, Shaktoi area, near the inter-district boundary of North and South Waziristan on Sunday. In a tweet, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director-General (DG) Major General Babar Iftikhar said that Ihsan Sanray masterminded numerous ...

  • Six killed in suicide attack in Cameroon’s Far North region

    September 13, 2020

    At least six civilians have been killed and 10 others injured in a suicide attack in Zeleved, a locality in Cameroon’s Far North region, according to several security sources. Local officials interviewed by Xinhua confirmed the attack and said the traditional ruler and his wife were among those killed in the attack that occurred late Friday. Boko ...

  • Ambulance hits landmine in southern Mali, killing six

    September 12, 2020

    Six civilians, including a pregnant woman, were killed in southern Mali when the ambulance they were travelling in struck a landmine, the health ministry said on Saturday. It was not clear who was responsible for laying the mine, but the incident on Friday represented a first for the southern Sikasso region, said Mama Coumare, the ministry’s ...

  • Counter-terrorism police arrest man after explosive device posted to London address

    September 12, 2020

    Counter-terrorism police have arrested a man in his 20s after a package containing a small improvised explosive device was sent to a residential address in north London. The Metropolitan police said the suspect was detained in Cambridge on Saturday morning on suspicion of attempting to cause an explosion, or making or keeping explosives with intent to ...

  • Moroccan security chief warns of terror ‘time-bomb’ in the region

    September 12, 2020

    Khiame warned that ISIS “has developed in the Sahel-Sahara region, with the conflict in Libya and in countries like Mali which do not control their security”. SALE, MOROCCO – The Sahel region of Africa is a ticking “time bomb” of terrorism and organised crime, said Morocco’s security chief,  Friday, a day after a suspected Islamic State ...

  • Explosive material found in Beirut port was stored for 15 years, says President Aoun

    September 11, 2020

    Several tonnes of highly explosive material found at Beirut’s port, just weeks after the same chemical was blamed for causing a massive detonation there, had been in storage for 15 years, the Lebanese president said on Friday. The army said on Sept. 2 it had discovered a stockpile close to the port of 4.35 tonnes of ...