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  • Insights into UK EOD & Search Operations

    November 27, 2018

    Defence IQ spoke to the Head of the British Army’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Search Branch (DEODS), Colonel Zac Scott to discuss how the persistent explosive threat landscape is shaping EOD & Search’s operations post-Afghanistan. Download the full interview here. Read the interview to: Find out what the short-term focus is when training teams and providing support ...

  • Mission Iraq: Britain’s Quest To Train An Army To Fight Islamic State

    November 27, 2018

    It was once a secret base for Saddam Hussein’s personal army but now Camp Taji hosts 400 members of the 1st Battalion, The Grenadier Guards as they train the Iraqi Army. Lieutenant Colonel Piers Ashfield, Commanding Officer of The Grenadiers, said British troops have been providing “expertise” training. “I think the key thing about British training has been the expertise it ...

  • At least 7 killed in Somalia bomb explosion

    November 26, 2018

    At least seven people were killed and five injured in a car bomb explosion at a bustling market in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, on Monday. Police say security forces intercepted a suspicious vehicle laden with explosives which detonated at the entrance to Kawo-Godey market in southern Mogadishu. Witnesses add that most of the buildings around were destroyed. Though no ...

  • Domestic and international efforts boost landmine cleanup

    November 24, 2018

    As many as 2,000 people were killed by post-war landmines between 2010 and 2014, while an estimated 6.1 million hectares accounting for more than 21 per cent of Việt Nam’s land remains contaminated with unexploded ordnance (UXO). This information was released by Đặng Văn Đồng, deputy director of Việt Nam National Mine Action Centre (VNMAC) under ...

  • Afghanistan: Suicide explosion in army mosque leaves 27 soldiers dead, scores injured

    November 23, 2018

    Twenty-seven Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were killed and 79 others injured in a blast inside a military mosque in southern Khost province on Friday, security official said. Abdullah, spokesman for ANA first bridged in the Mandozai district, said the blast took place during Jumma prayer in the ANA headquarters. But Governor Hukam Khan Habibi while inquiring after the health of ...

  • Police arrest man in Derry under-car bomb investigation

    November 23, 2018

    A man has been arrested in connection with a dissident republican bomb attempt on a police officer in Derry last year. The 46-year-old man is being questioned about an under-vehicle bomb placed under the officer’s car in February last year. The device was discovered at Ardanlee in the city’s Culmore area. Described as an UVIED (Under Vehicle ...

  • Blast kills 25 in northern Pakistan as police repel assault on Chinese consulate in Karachi

    November 23, 2018

    A suicide bomber killed 25 people at a market in northern Pakistan just hours after gunmen assaulted the Chinese Consulate in the southern city of Karachi, killing four. The two attacks on opposite sides of the country were likely unconnected, but they underline the myriad security challenges Pakistan faces, including those from separatists as well as ...

  • Man held over suspected explosives in Exeter flat

    November 22, 2018

    A man has been arrested after suspected explosives were found in a flat. Police were called to reports of possible explosive material at a flat in Larkbear Road, Exeter, at 19:35 GMT on Wednesday. Items found at the scene were assessed by bomb disposal experts. No homes were evacuated. A 29-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of ...

  • $3 Million Reward Announced for Information Leading to Arrest of Iranian Tied to Illegal Procurement of U.S. Technology

    November 22, 2018

    The United States Department of State’s Transnational Organized Crime Rewards Program is offering up to a $3,000,000 (USD) reward leading to the arrest and/or conviction of Hossein Ahmad Larijani. Larijani is wanted for his role in illegally procuring technology that originated in the United States and which was later incorporated into improvised explosive devices (IEDs) that targeted ...

  • Terror probe after two improvised explosive devices found in London flat

    November 21, 2018

    Police have opened a counter-terror investigation after two improvised explosive devices were discovered in a northwest London flat. Officers were called to the unoccupied address in Harlesden, which was in the process of being refurbished, on Wednesday morning. As a precaution, the block of flats was evacuated and nearby roads were cordoned off while specialist officers assessed ...

  • Kabul Suicide Attack: over 40 dead, more than 80 wounded

    November 20, 2018

    The security sources are saying that over 40 people were killed and more than 80 others sustained injuries in a suicide attack in capital Kabul earlier this evening. The Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish confirmed that the incident has taken place in Oranus Hotel. The Ministry of Public Health officials are saying that the attack has left ...

  • Volusia bomb squad member shares what it was like to encounter ‘Mother of Satan’ explosive

    November 20, 2018

    Members of the Volusia County Bomb Squad are trained to handle any kind of explosive, from a homemade bomb to a powder that can ignite with the slightest touch. But when they rolled up to a home in Lake Helen earlier this month, they encountered something normally found in terror bombs used overseas. It is called triacetone triperoxide, or TATP, ...

  • UK Defence Secretary reaffirms commitment to fight against terror in Nigeria

    November 20, 2018

    The UK stands side by side with our Nigerian partners in the fight against violent extremism, the Defence Secretary reaffirmed in a visit to Nigeria. In a two-day visit, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson visited Maiduguri in the north east of the country to witness the impact of the conflict with Boko Haram. He also formally handed ...

  • More bombs removed in the Western Province, Solomon Islands

    November 20, 2018

    The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Team demolished more than 600 unexploded bombs (UXOs) in the Western Province during Operation Render Safe from 15 to 19 November 2018. The Operation was conducted in Munda, Rendova, Ringi and Teme on Kolombangara Island. Officer-In-Charge (OIC) of the RSIPF EOD Team, Inspector Clifford Tunuki said ...

  • A ‘robo-nose’ that could replace sniffer dogs is being built by scientists to detect narcotics, explosives and missing people

    November 20, 2018

    Trusty sniffer dogs that are used to detect drugs, explosives and missing people could soon be replaced by a ‘robo-nose’. Trained dogs are taught to use their sensitive sense of smell to detect the presence of certain chemicals and scientists have successfully recreated a robotic alternative. Researchers used genes from the nose of mice to develop the ...

  • Two injured in Mogadishu IED blast

    November 20, 2018

    At least two people were injured when an improvised explosive device (IED) planted on a vehicle went off at a busy street in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Tuesday afternoon. Local reports indicate that the car belonged to outspoken MP Dahir Amin Jesow. He, however, was not in the car at the time of the incident. The blast ...

  • Multi agency counter terror strategies bearing fruits, agencies argue

    November 20, 2018

    For the longest time, Kenya was lull with threats of terrorism remaining one of the remotest possibilities until the twin bombing of the American embassy in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in 1998 by Al-Qaeda operatives. The clear agenda of the mainly foreign terror operatives that coordinated the attacks on the US embassies in some ...

  • Mumbai: BMC prepares SOP to tackle chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear attack

    November 19, 2018

    After monsoon, cyclone and earthquake preparedness, the Mumbai civic body has prepared a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to tackle Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) attacks. The SOP includes an off-site plan, which is Geographic Information System (GIS)-enabled, giving details of shelters, transportation and medical facilities nearby in the event of any such attack. The Brihanmumbai ...