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  • UK: Man faces explosives charge after metal pipe and powder found in Liverpool house

    May 30, 2020

    A 52-year-old man has been charged with an explosives offence following a police search at a house in Liverpool. Mohammed Ali was arrested after officers were called to reports of a loud bang on the evening of 17 April. Police said they found a metal pipe and black powder in the hallway of a house in Sunlight ...

  • UK: Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) Open Call for Innovation

    May 28, 2020

    The Open Call is looking for innovative ideas to improve the defence and security of the UK. Your idea could be a concept, product or service, at various levels of maturity. The only way to submit a proposal to the Defence and Security Accelerator is online via our submission service. To access DASA’s services and apply for ...

  • India: J&K Police foils car bombing bid in south Kashmir’s Pulwama

    May 28, 2020

    Police on Thursday foiled car bombing attempt by militants in south Kashmir by timely detection of IED in a car. A police spokesman said a major incident of a vehicle-borne ED blast was averted by the timely input and action by  Police, CRPF, and Army in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district today morning. A police official said the ...

  • Spring/Summer 2020 edition of the Counter-IED Report magazine is now available to read online and in print

    May 27, 2020

    Articles, in-depth analysis and insights from UNMAS, C-IED Centre of Excellence, Swiss Foundation for Mine Action, aunav by everis ADS, Wrexham Glyndŵr University, DynITEC, Terrogence, CBRNe Secure India et al. To view contents please visit this link: Counter-IED Report Spring-Summer 2020 – contents pages or subscribe here to receive eBook. We would like to thank all organisations and authors ...

  • Liberia: World Customs Organisation donates precursor chemicals and explosives testing kits to Revenue Authority

    May 27, 2020

    The Customs Department of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) has received a donation of testing kits for precursor chemicals and explosives from the World Customs Organization (WCO). The LRA says the equipment will be used by Customs to uncover smuggling of narcotic drugs, dangerous chemicals and other harmful substances into the country. The donation, valued at ...

  • Somalia cannot defeat terrorism without accountable security

    May 27, 2020

    Ahmed Muse Nur, the governor of Mudug, in Somalia’s Puntland State, was killed by the al-Shabab terrorist group on May 17, 2020. He was Somalia’s third regional governor killed by the group in less than a year. The group earlier killed the Governor of Nugal, Abdisalam Hassan Hirsi, on March 29, 2020, and the Governor ...

  • Butterfly landmines mapped by drones and machine learning

    May 27, 2020

    IEDs and so-called butterfly landmines could be detected over wide areas using drones and advanced machine learning, according to research from Binghamton University, State University at New York. The team had previously developed a method that allowed for the accurate detection of butterfly landmines using low-cost commercial drones equipped with infrared cameras. Their new research focuses on ...

  • Has Covid-19 increased the risk of bioterrorism?

    May 26, 2020

    The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed the vulnerability of global societies to biological threats, both natural and manmade, and their potential for disruption. In many parts of the world, the coronavirus has morphed into an invisible enemy, capable of hiding within our ranks and multiplying in secret, before exploding onto the surface. The crisis has prompted unfounded accusations ...

  • Finland: Blast injures two police officers in Espoo

    May 26, 2020

    Two Police officers were injured in an explosion in a flat in Espoo, Finland, on Monday, reports Helsingin Sanomat. Western Uusimaa Police Department revealed before 11pm yesterday that the explosion took place at around 8.30pm in a flat that was the target of a routine operation involving several police officers in Mäkkylä, Espoo. There are presently no ...

  • Iraq: Islamic State Using Video Game Controller Bombs Against Yazidis

    May 26, 2020

    Bomb detection units in Iraq uncovered a plot by the Islamic State to detonate bombs against Yazidi people hidden in video game controllers, a film highlighted by the UK Telegraph on Monday found. Telegraph, citing a newly released documentary, reported that should one of the controllers have been picked up and played with, four bombs would have detonated and ...

  • Syria: ISIS’ jihadi brides raise group’s black flag over Al Hawl refugee camp

    May 26, 2020

    Shocking footage from the notorious Al Hawl refugee camp shows former jihadi brides raising the ISIS flag amid fears the group could be making a resurgence. The women, wearing all black, a rule previously enforced by the terrorist group during its reign, caused chaos at the refugee facility that houses some of the most dangerous campmates. The ...

  • Somalia: AMISOM, Jubaland Security Forces Repel Al-Shabaab Attack in Dhobley

    May 26, 2020

    In the early hours of Monday, May 25, 2020, Jubaland Security Forces beat back Al-Shabaab militants who attacked their base and training center in Dhobley. Al-Shabaab lost several men and a range of weapons were left behind as they hastily retreated in defeat. About 20 Al-Shabaab terrorists attacked the base using rocket-propelled grenades and assault rifles ...

  • Colonel, 4 others killed in Yemen blast

    May 26, 2020

    A senior Yemeni security official was among five people killed in a bomb blast in the country’s eastern Hadhramaut province on Tuesday. An improvised explosive device targeted a vehicle carrying Colonel Saleh Ali Jaber — head of the security directorate of Shibam town — and four other people, local media reported. Mohammed Gezan, undersecretary of Yemen’s Information ...

  • UN condemns use of IEDs against civilians in Libya

    May 26, 2020

    The United Nations has deplored the “grotesque” use of improvised explosive devices against civilians in Libya’s capital Tripoli, the scene of more than a year of deadly fighting. The UN mission in Libya said it “strongly condemns these acts, which serve no military objective, provoke extreme fear among the population, and violate the rights of innocent ...

  • UK: Bomb found under a Cambridgeshire road blown up by armed forces

    May 25, 2020

    Police officers and a bomb disposal team have safely detonated an old First World War era bomb over the bank holiday weekend. The explosive was discovered beneath a road bridge on the A1101 at Tydd Gote at 10am on Sunday morning (May 24). The bomb was first believed to be from the Second World War, and police ...

  • Thief robs Pennsylvania gun shop, leaves behind homemade bomb

    May 25, 2020

    A thief fled a Pennsylvania gun shop after stealing firearms and leaving a homemade bomb. It happened Wednesday at the Pickerel Inn near Dingmans Ferry. Six guns were stolen in the robbery, Pennsylvania State Police said, according to WNEP-TV. The thief was wearing a black mask and a camo tactical vest, and threatened the owners of the shop with a gun when they tried ...

  • Two regional IS leaders killed in Syria: CENTCOM

    May 24, 2020

    US-led coalition forces and their Kurdish allies the Syrian Democratic Forces killed two regional Islamic State group leaders in a raid in eastern Syria this week, US Central Command announced on Friday. Ahmad ‘Isa Ismail al-Zawi and Ahmad ‘Abd Muhammad Hasan al-Jughayfi were killed in the May 17 joint raid on an IS position in Deir ...

  • Security experts worry about hand sanitizers on aircraft

    May 24, 2020

    Back in 1987, a liquor bottle filled with explosives and placed in a carry-on bag in an overhead bin helped terrorists crash a South Korean airliner. All 115 on board died. Then, in 1994, Al-Qaeda member Ramzi Yousef, architect of the first World Trade Center bombing, detonated liquid nitroglycerin that he had taken on board a ...


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