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  • Laos to clear wartime unexploded ordnance from 10,000 hectares of land in 2020

    February 26, 2020

    Lao National Regulatory Authority (NRA) for the UXO/Mine Action Sector has set a target on Tuesday to clear and destroy unexploded ordnance (UXO) on 10,000 hectares of land in 2020. The target was reported at the annual meeting of the NRA to summarise the work plan for 2020. The meeting was attended by Lao Minister of Labor ...

  • South Africa: Police on routine patrols catch man with a bag full of explosives

    February 26, 2020

    Krugersdorp detectives caught a man with explosives that could be used in cash-in-transit heists, ATM bombings and illegal mining. The Krugersdorp Police recently arrested a man who was in possession of explosives. In a statement sent by the Krugersdorp Police spokesperson, Captain Raymond Sebonyane, he said Krugersdorp Crime Office (Detectives) police members led by Sergeant Bantobetse arrested ...

  • Three Irish soldiers injured after IED explodes near convoy in Mali

    February 25, 2020

    The injured troops’ next of kins and families have been contacted. A spokesman said: “Earlier today, Defence Forces personnel deployed with the United Nations MINUSMA mission in Mali were involved in an operational incident. “While conducting a Patrol east of their base in GAO, three of our soldiers sustained minor injuries when an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) ...

  • 29 people injured in explosion at pro-Abiy rally in Ethiopia

    February 24, 2020

    29 people were injured in an explosion at a rally held in support of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in Ambo town in Ethiopia’s Oromia region on Sunday. The Prime Minister was not present at the rally, which was convened by local officials. Arasa Merdasa, the top police official in the region, said that six people were arrested ...

  • Controlled explosion carried out by the EOD in Nottingham

    February 24, 2020

    Nottinghamshire Police has allowed residents of Manvers Court back to their homes following a report of a suspicious package. Officers were called just after 10.20 am today (24 February) to Manvers Court in Manvers Street, Nottingham. A cordon was put in place and residents were evacuated as a precaution. The army’s bomb disposal unit was called to the ...

  • Iraq: 4 killed, 6 wounded in separate attacks

    February 24, 2020

    Four people were killed and six others wounded in two separate attacks in Iraq, authorities said early Monday. In a statement, police said unknown attackers killed a traffic officer as well as a civilian in eastern Baghdad province. A civil servant working for the Education Ministry was killed in Sadr City in the capital Baghdad by armed ...

  • Motorcycle bomb blast injures 10 in Southern Thailand

    February 24, 2020

    Ten people, including an assistant district chief and three students, were injured by a motorcycle bomb blast on Monday, believed to be revenge for the killing of five suspected insurgents during a clash with security officers in Narathiwat on Sunday. A home-made bomb strapped to a motorcycle parked by the roadside was thought to have targeted ...

  • Indiana: Man arrested after officers find ‘several explosive devices’ in home, police say

    February 22, 2020

    A man is in jail on a $30,000 cash bond after officers say they found several explosive devices at his home during an investigation. The Rockport Police Department says they received a tip about drug activity at the residence on Friday. They say officers went to the home to investigate and received written consent to search. During ...

  • Afghanistan: Civilian casualties exceed 10,000 for sixth straight year

    February 22, 2020

    More than 10,000 civilians in Afghanistan were killed and injured last year, according to a new United Nations report that details record-high levels of civilian harm in the ongoing conflict. “Almost no civilian in Afghanistan has escaped being personally affected in some way by the ongoing violence,” Tadamichi Yamamoto, the UN Special Representative for Afghanistan and ...

  • Cambodia: 2,000 troops to help in demining

    February 21, 2020

    A total of 2,000 members of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF) will be deployed as part of humanitarian demining efforts throughout a five-year period until 2025. According to the Phnom Penh Post, Prime Minister Hun Sen had authorised the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA) 2020-2025 for access to funds to be used ...

  • CENTCOM Asks For More Drones, Money To Build Up Base In Oman

    February 21, 2020

    The top US commander the Middle East wants an infusion of $371 million to buy more drones, surveillance, and force protection to cover the American troop surge in the region, while indicating he’s interested in building up an emerging logistics hub in Oman. The request is more evidence that the military, despite promises to draw down ...

  • Statement by the NATO Secretary General on Afghanistan

    February 21, 2020

    I welcome today’s announcement that an understanding has been reached on a significant reduction in violence across Afghanistan. This is a critical test of the Taliban’s willingness and ability to reduce violence, and contribute to peace in good faith. This could pave the way for negotiations among Afghans, sustainable peace, and ensuring the country is never again ...

  • Islamic State supporter admits plotting to bomb St Paul’s Cathedral

    February 21, 2020

    A female supporter of the Islamic State terror group has pleaded guilty to plotting to bomb St Paul’s Cathedral and a hotel. Safiyya Amira Shaikh, 36, from Hayes, Middlesex, admitted preparation of terrorist acts and dissemination of terrorist publications at a hearing at the Old Bailey. Shaikh, a Muslim convert, had contacted someone who could prepare explosives ...

  • India: IED blast in Meghalaya factory

    February 21, 2020

    Banned Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) on Thursday detonated an IED blast in West Khasi hills district in Meghalaya. Security guards in a coke factory at Kyllon Mathei village near Riangdo in West Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya were caught panicky with the explosion on Thursday. The IED was detonated at around 1:15 am, sources informed, adding ...

  • Northern Ireland: Explosive device thrown at house of Pat Finucane’s brother

    February 20, 2020

    An explosive device has been found outside the home of a brother of murdered solicitor Pat Finucane, Sinn Féin said. Martin Finucane is also the uncle of the party’s MP John Finucane. Army technical officers examined the object in the front garden of the house in west Belfast and declared it to be the remnants of a ...

  • Chibok attack: Soldier loses leg to Boko Haram bomb, two missing

    February 20, 2020

    A soldier lost his leg, and two of his colleagues are missing after their convoy ran into an improvised explosive device (IED) planted by suspected Boko Haram insurgents in Korongilum, a community in Chibok local government area of Borno state. The soldiers were deployed on Wednesday morning as a part of a quick response group (QRG) ...

  • Somalia: Al-Shabab fighters attack military bases

    February 19, 2020

    Al-Shabab has attacked two Somali military bases using an explosive-laden vehicle driven by a suicide bomber along with dozens of heavily-armed fighters. At least 12 Somali soldiers were killed in the attack on Wednesday, and the attackers briefly captured a base southwest of the capital, officials said, underscoring the group’s ability to launch attacks despite a ...

  • Evolution Of UAVs Employed By Houthi Forces In Yemen

    February 19, 2020

    Since 2016, Ansar Allah ‘Houthi’ forces have deployed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs – commonly called ‘drones’) in an increasingly lethal fashion against Saudi-led Arab Coalition forces in Yemen and across its borders. Initially, Houthi forces crashed unarmed UAVs into the Coalition’s Patriot surface-to-air missile defence systems. Since then, they have deployed UAVs with explosive payloads and over ...


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