South Africa’s deadly mix of explosives, extortion and organised crime

On 30 January, armed robbers in Cape Town hijacked two members of a maintenance team loading automated teller machines (ATMs). They strapped a makeshift explosive device to one of the victims and forced him to open various ATMs in order Read More …

Hong Kong: Bomb suspect arrested

A man who allegedly planted a suspected bomb at the roadside of Wing Fok Center in Fan Ling has been arrested and police believe the crime is protest-related. He was still being detained for questioning as of 9pm last night. Read More …

International Operation Disrupts Supply of Firearms to Terrorists: INTERPOL & UNODC Target Firearms Trafficking in West Africa and the Sahel

Lyon (France) & Vienna (Austria), 21 December 2020 — A seven-day operation saw law enforcement officers intercept illicit firearms, ammunition and explosives, and disrupt the trafficking networks used to supply terrorists across West Africa and the Sahel. Under Operation KAFO Read More …

Europol: Traffickers supplying conflict zones with weapons and explosives disarmed in Spain

The criminal activity generated large profits, which were introduced into the legal economy. The criminal network had set up a well-organised money-laundering scheme which enabled them to invest their criminal proceeds in legal businesses. The profits were sent to tax Read More …

Mexican Cartel Tactical Note #46: Weaponized Drones (Aerial Improvised Explosive Devices) Deployed by CJNG in Tepalcatepec, Michoacán

The Cártel Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG) is alleged to have attempted to deploy two weaponsized drones with C4 or similar type explosives against their rivals—the Carteles Unidos (United Cartels)—in Tepalcatepec, Michoacán on 25 July 2020. The weaponized drones were not Read More …

Al-Shabaab’s Improvised Explosive Device Supply Chain Gambit In Somalia

Al-Shabaab ended 2019 with a truck-borne improvised explosive device (IED) attack that killed at least 82 people and wounded dozens more in Mogadishu, Somalia. It capped a decade of increasingly deadly complex suicide attacks by the Somali terrorist group that Read More …

Mexican Drug Cartel Carries Out ‘Drone Strikes’ In Gang War

Mexican drug cartels are using weaponized consumer drones in their latest gang war, according to reports in El Universal and other local news media. A citizens’ militia group in Tepalcatepec, Michoacán, formed to protect farmers from the cartel, found two Read More …

UK: One year after an attempted murder in Bolton police investigating want to speak to this man

Greater Manchester Police have released an e-fit one year after an attempted murder in Bolton. Detective Chief Inspector Alan Clitherow, of GMP’s Major Incident Team, said: “It has been one year since the Bolton area saw two shocking incidents which Read More …

Maritime security can help resolve the Mozambique insurgency

Over recent months the bloody insurgency in the northern Mozambique province of Cabo Delgado has taken an unprecedented maritime turn. If it worsens, it could have profound socio-economic and security implications for Southern Africa. The Islamic State-inspired Ahlu-Sunnah Wal Jama’at Read More …

Ireland: Nine people arrested in garda operation targeting criminal gangs

Nine people have been arrested by gardai targeting organised criminality in Limerick. More than 170 gardai were involved in carrying out over 60 searches of properties on Wednesday across counties Limerick, Clare and Tipperary. As part of Operation Coronation, gardai Read More …