Russia: Security forces seize explosives hidden in icons in Pskov Region

Explosives hidden in icons and seized by security officers in the Pskov Region in Russia’s northwest could have blown up a five-story apartment block, Department Head of the Interior Ministry’s Regional Forensic Center Dmitry Belotserkovsky said on Tuesday. Russia’s Federal Read More …

Israel Police find grenades, anti-tank missile during arrest of arms smuggler

Israel Police arrested a man suspected of trafficking illegal weapons, finding a MATADOR anti-tank missile and its shoulder-mounted launcher, among other arms. The suspect, a 24-year-old resident of East Jerusalem, was caught on Friday night in the Galilee district of Read More …

India dismisses reports of artillery shells being supplied to Ukraine

India on Thursday dismissed reports that artillery shells made in the country had been supplied to Ukraine by a European nation, with external affairs ministry spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal saying there had been no such exports. Several reports, mainly on social Read More …

Cambodia: CMAC to train dogs to smell for drugs

Heng Ratana, the Executive Director of the Cambodian Mines Action Center (CMAC), says CMAC will be collaborating with the National Police to train dogs to sniff out drugs. The aim of this training is to combat and prevent drug trafficking Read More …

Out of Control: The Trafficking of Improvised Explosive Device Components and Commercial Explosives in West Africa

The use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in West Africa expanded dramatically over the last decade. IED-building networks have established material and training links across conflict areas in West and Central Africa, and their designs have remained constant and inexpensive Read More …

UNODC: Afghanistan opium cultivation in 2023 declined 95 per cent following drug ban

Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan plunged by an estimated 95 per cent following a drug ban imposed by the de facto authorities in April 2022, according to a new research brief from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Read More …

UNDOC: Understanding Illegal Methamphetamine Manufacture in Afghanistan

This analysis examines the modalities of illegal methamphetamine manufacture in Afghanistan, highlighting risks to the region. Coverage of suspected methamphetamine manufacture in Afghanistan, particularly in the news media in recent years, has generally focused on the use of the ephedra Read More …

Israel: Two Israelis recruited by Islamic Jihad arrested for smuggling weapons

The Israeli military (IDF), the Shin Bet domestic security agency and the Israel Police announced on Monday that two Israeli citizens living in the northern West Bank had been arrested last month on suspicion of smuggling explosives and other weapons Read More …

Trafficking in the Sahel: Muzzling the illicit arms trade

In this feature, part of a series exploring the fight against trafficking in the Sahel, UN News focuses on the illegal arms trade that is fuelling conflict and terrorism. In the Sahel, home to 300 million people, it’s a buyer’s Read More …

UNODC: Synthetic Drugs in East and Southeast Asia – Latest developments and challenges

East and Southeast Asia’s drug market has been marked by a decade of growth in the production and trafficking of synthetic drugs, particularly methamphetamine – a trend that continues. The region has also experienced an expansion in the production and Read More …