News – September 2021


  • Europol: 9 Taken Into Custody Over Atm Attack Tutorials And String Of Explosive Attacks

    September 30, 2021

    A joint investigation team (JIT) between the Dutch and German authorities has taken down an organised crime group specialised in explosive attacks against Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs). A total of 9 suspects have been taken into custody as a result of this 18-month investigation coordinated by Europol and Eurojust. The criminals were producing step-by-step tutorials on ...

  • Illicit weapons in Afghanistan: Taliban seizures of US-equipment are only a fraction of the story

    September 30, 2021

    Recent Taliban seizures of equipment previously supplied to Afghan security forces by the United States and NATO likely constitutes one of the most significant large-scale diversions of military equipment in recent history. This Frontline Perspective is the first in a series that will draw out key findings from CAR’s Afghanistan data set. Between February 2019 and ...

  • The end of an era: R2C2 course concludes, CEHC to focus on new missions

    September 30, 2021

    FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. — A quiet Friday morning graduation at Sapper Grove on Fort Leonard Wood marked the end of an era for the Engineer Corps, as the Counter Explosives Hazard Center’s Route Reconnaissance Clearance Course, also known as R2C2, has come to an end. The final 15 Soldiers to complete R2C2 joined the more ...

  • Cambodia: Deminers warn public on post-flood explosives risks

    September 29, 2021

    The Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA) instructed the capital and provincial mine action committees to take any measures necessary to prevent any danger to the public from unexploded ordnance (UXO) in areas where flooding has occurred following reports by authorities of loose UXO spotted floating through floodwaters. The CMAA cited a notice issued ...

  • Development partners to mobilise support to expand Asean ARMAC

    September 29, 2021

    Minister of Foreign Affairs Prak Sokhonn has urged development partners to mobilise support to further expand the outreach of ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC) to benefit Asean countries and region. Sokhonn was speaking at the inaugural launch of the Friends of the ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center or FoA. The inaugural launch of FoA last week ...

  • India: Explosion blows off roof of Odisha police station building

    September 28, 2021

    The senior police officials have rushed to the spot to expedite the investigation. Forensic and bomb-disposal squad experts have arrived at the spot to examine the cause of the powerful blast. In a powerful explosion, portions of a building of Balanga police station in Puri district was blown off, senior police officials said on Tuesday. The blast ...

  • Texas: ‘Small pipe bomb’ found in Plainview man’s car after active search

    September 28, 2021

    Police say an early morning traffic stop on Tuesday led to the discovery of an improvised explosive device in a Plainview man’s vehicle, and later an illegal weapon at his home. During a brief news conference late Tuesday afternoon, Plainview Police Chief Derrick Watson said the traffic stop came after police had been searching for 60-year-old ...

  • U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians train with disruption tools

    September 28, 2021

    FORT CAMPBELL, Kentucky – U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians honed their explosive neutralization and disruption skills on Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Sept. 13 – 14. The 717th Ordnance Company (EOD) “Jokers” participated in tools training on Range 3A at the home base for the “Screaming Eagles” of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). The EOD Soldiers trained ...

  • Joint project with EU, UNDP to clear 80,000 mines in eastern Turkey

    September 28, 2021

    More than 80,000 land mines located on the border with Iran in eastern Turkey will be cleared as part of a joint project prepared by the European Union and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The project to clear antipersonnel mines stretching over an area of 4.2 million square meters of land (1,037 acres) will start ...

  • SCANNA STRIKES GOLD At 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics

    September 27, 2021

      SCANNA is delighted to announce that their Scan X scout Portable X-ray Systems have been used as part of the Security arrangements for the recent 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. The Scan X scout is a versatile portable x-ray system which can be used to detect concealed weapons, explosives and other hidden threats. SCANNA have supplied ...

  • Russia: Five neo-Nazis who plotted terror attack detained in Ufa, Bashkortostan

    September 27, 2021

    The Russian FSB has detained five members of a neo-Nazi group for plotting a terror attack targeting law enforcement agents, the security service told TASS on Monday. “The Federal Security Service (FSB – TASS) stopped preparations for a terror attack at a law enforcement office in Bashkortostan. Five Ufa residents, members of a neo-Nazi group who ...

  • Kenya military says 15 Al-Shabaab fighters killed by IED in Lamu

    September 27, 2021

    At least fifteen Al -Shabaab militants on Monday died in a deadly Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attack in Lamu near the Kenya- Somalia border, according to a KDF spokesperson. The 15 were travelling inside a vehicle that ran over the IED, killing them on the spot and destroying the vehicle. According to KDF spokesperson the incident happened ...

  • Nigeria: ISWAP kills 4 soldiers, injures 15 others in Borno ambush

    September 26, 2021

    Four soldiers have been killed while 15 others were injured in an ambush by Boko Haram terrorists at Ala village between Marte and Dikwa towns in Borno State. It was gathered that the terrorists belonging to the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) had planted improvised explosive device (IEDs) on the road, which the soldiers ...

  • Pakistan: Four soldiers martyred in bomb attack in Balochistan

    September 26, 2021

    Four security personnel were martyred and two others injured in a bomb attack on a vehicle of the Frontier Corps in the Khosat area of Harnai district on Saturday. The banned Baloch Liberation Army claimed responsibility for the attack. Official sources said that the FC vehicle was targeted in the Safar Bash area. https://twitter.com/MalikAliiRaza/status/1441784716223565824 Read more… Source: The Dawn Related story: ...

  • Somalia: Suicide car bomb targeting convoy in Mogadishu kills at least 8

    September 25, 2021

    A suicide car bomb killed at least eight people in the Somali capital on Saturday at a street junction near the president’s palace, police said, and al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab said it was behind the attack which targeted a convoy going into the palace. Police spokesperson Abdifatah Aden Hassan told reporters at the scene of the ...

  • Cambodia: Koh Kong province to be declared landmine free soon

    September 25, 2021

    Cambodia Mine Action Authority (CMAA) plans to soon declare villages in Koh Kong province no longer threatened by landmines. CMAA said yesterday that its secretary-general visited Koh Kong province to inspect the 27 landmine fields located in 10 villages, five communes and Botum Sakor and Sre Ambel districts between September 21 to September 23. It said the ...

  • Toronto men caught with bomb-making manuals, al-Qaeda literature

    September 24, 2021

    Six months after Kevin Omar Mohamed‘s prison sentence for terrorism came to an end, the RCMP’s Toronto O-INSET national security team decided to check up on him. What they found set off alarms. Not only was he violating his probation by using a smartphone, he’d downloaded al-Qaeda literature, manuals on bombs and poisons, and a tract justifying ...

  • India: What is tiffin bomb, the new security threat in Punjab

    September 24, 2021

    In the last two months, five IED-rigged tiffin boxes have been recovered in different parts of Punjab. Police sources say that these tiffin bombs are being sent from across the border by Pakistan. A new security threat has emerged in Punjab in the form of tiffin bombs ahead of the festive season and assembly election. In ...

  • Michigan: Man tried to bomb phone stores to prevent spread of porn

    September 24, 2021

    A Michigan man is accused of placing pipe bombs outside cellphone stores as part of a crusade to halt telecommunications “containing immoral content,” like porn and cursing, court documents show. John Douglas Allen, 75 was charged with extortion and attempted destruction of interstate commerce buildings, the feds said in a press release Tuesday. Allen was allegedly caught ...

  • Afghanistan: ISIS affiliate claims spate of attacks on Taliban in Jalalabad

    September 24, 2021

    The eastern city of Jalalabad in Afghanistan has seen a spate of attacks against the Taliban this week by the group IS Khorasan (ISIS-K), an affiliate of ISIS. ISIS-K claimed three attacks in the city on Wednesday and Thursday. Through ISIS’ official Amaq media outlet, it claimed to have killed six Taliban personnel in three different ...

  • Indian scientists develop cost-effective device to rapidly detect explosives

    September 24, 2021

    Indian scientists have developed a thermally stable and cost-effective electronic polymer-based sensor for rapidly detecting nitro-aromatic chemicals used in high-energy explosives. The detection of explosives without destroying them is essential for protection, and criminal investigations, minefield remediation, military applications, ammunition remediation sites, security applications. Chemical sensors play a vital role in such cases. Though explosive poly-nitroaromatic compounds ...

  • Ready to go: Richmond County Bomb Squad always on alert to respond to explosive threats

    September 23, 2021

    Cpl. Jeremiah Welch was waiting to go inside. Someone had broke into a mine operation office and left a suspicious device strapped to the manager’s chair. It was his job to go in and check it out, while the rest of his team waited outside. This was the start of his latest bomb simulation. With the ...

  • Pakistan: IED attack damages girls’ school in Tank

    September 23, 2021

    An under construction girls middle school was damaged in a blast in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s (K-P) Tank district late Tuesday night. Talking to The Express Tribune, District Police Officer (DPO) Tank, Sahibzada Sajjad said the Government Girls Middle School Kalu Parangi located on the outskirts of Tank, which was under construction, had been targeted in an IED attack ...

  • U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician earns Master EOD Badge on Fort Irwin

    September 23, 2021

    FORT IRWIN, California – A seasoned U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician earned the Master EOD Badge on Fort Irwin, California, Sept. 14. Staff Sgt. Gabriel M. Leon from the 759th Ordnance Company (EOD) earned the badge after eight years of service as an EOD technician. “The other requirement is a dedication to the EOD career field, ...

  • Philippines: US donates communication equipment, bomb disposal gears to improve PNP’s anti-terror capability

    September 23, 2021

    The United States has donated vehicles, communication equipment and bomb disposal protective gear to the Philippine National Police (PNP) in a bid to improve the country’s operational capability against terrorism. Among those donated were laptop computers, 4 units of Ford Ranger, six units of Bomb Suit and five units Logo Scanner. Veterinary Equipment and other materials that ...

  • Somalia, AU Coordinate to Fight Against al-Shabab

    September 23, 2021

    The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and Somalia’s National Army (SNA) launched a center this week to better coordinate their fight against al-Shabab militants, who have threatened to disrupt Somalia’s elections. The Joint Operations Coordination Center at AMISOM Sector One headquarters in Mogadishu was officially launched Wednesday at a ceremony presided over by the army ...

  • Bomb Threats: Mexico’s Crime Groups Turn to Explosives

    September 23, 2021

    A package bomb that killed a restaurateur and his manager underscores the escalating use of explosives – and the terror that they generate – by criminal groups in Mexico’s most violent state. The bombing occurred on September 19 during a birthday celebration at a family restaurant in Guanajuato’s Salamanca. Delivered by two men on a motorcycle, ...

  • Somalia: Two killed in IED blast in Marka

    September 22, 2021

    At least two people have been killed several others wounded after improvised explosive device went off on Wednesday in Marka town of Lower Shabelle region. According to police, the explosion took place near Awale garage which not far from the town police station. Witnesses said the police officers near the scene opened fire after the blast but ...