News – December 2015


Crimea loses quarter of power after pylon in Ukraine blown up
December 31, 2015
Crimea has lost at least one quarter of its power after Ukraine halted supplies, officials in the contested peninsula said on Thursday, a situation Ukrainian police blamed on unidentified saboteurs blowing up an electricity pylon.


Metal organic frameworks degrade threats
December 30, 2015
In an effort to combat increasing threats by chemical weapons, scientists have recently expanded the potency and scope of metal-organic framework (MOF) materials to degrade VX nerve agent as well as the blister agent sulfur mustard.


Twin Explosions In Syria Kill 17 People
December 30, 2015
At least 17 people have died and 30 more injured following twin suicide blasts in northeastern Syria, according to Sky sources.

A house-borne IED continues to be a threat in Ramadi
December 30, 2015
Around 700 militants – also known as Daesh – are thought to be hiding in the centre and eastern outskirts of the western city of Ramadi, an area which government forces took back from the jihadi group just three days ago.

Prosthetic limbs put Pakistan’s terror survivors together again
December 29, 2015
Pakistani teen Ali Shah was on his way to school when he lost half of his right hand and his left leg after stepping on an IED — the Taliban’s weapon of choice in its decade long insurgency.

FC soldier killed, two others injured in Mastung IED blast
December 29, 2015
A Frontier Corps (FC) soldier was killed while two others were injured when an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded near the FC convoy in Ispilinji area of Mastung district.

 

Blast at government office in Pakistan kills 23
December 29, 2015
A suicide bomber attacked a government office in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, killing at least 23 people and wounding more than 70, officials said.

Troops use robotic arm to defuse powerful TNT filled cooker IED
December 28, 2015
Troops of Rashtriya Rifles battalion of Counter Insurgency Romeo Force today averted major tragedy when it detected and defused powerful TNT filled Improvised Explosive Device (IED), fitted by the militants under a bridge…


At least 48 killed in bombings in north Nigeria
December 28, 2015
At least 48 people were killed in suicide attacks and bombings on Monday in two cities in northern Nigeria where the jihadist Boko Haram group is waging a six-year campaign to create an Islamic state, officials and residents said.


Bombs in Syria’s Homs kill 32, wound 90: monitoring group
December 28, 2015
At least 32 people were killed and 90 wounded in two bomb explosions in the Syrian city of Homs on Monday, monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.


 

Army jawans defuse 5kg of IED on Jammu-Poonch highway
December 27, 2015
Army jawans today averted a major tragedy as they defused an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) loaded with 5kg of explosives that was planted under a bridge on the Jammu-Poonch highway.


Failure in Afghan police search may have led to U.S. deaths near Bagram air base
December 24, 2015
It was just after 1 p.m. here Monday when Marine Gunnery Sgt. Sean Fagan heard the blast and felt its shock wave shake his vehicle.


 

Boko Haram militants in Niger kill five as regional attacks mount
December 23, 2015
Boko Haram militants killed two soldiers and three civilians in Niger’s southern border town of Abadam in an overnight raid, two security sources told Reuters on Wednesday…

 

Blast kills one at Istanbul airport, investigation launched
December 23, 2015
An overnight explosion at an airport in Istanbul killed one person and damaged three planes hundreds of meters apart, Turkish media said, triggering a security alert as authorities sought to determine if a bomb was responsible.

Motorbike suicide bomber kills six U.S. troops in Afghanistan
December 21, 2015
Six American troops were killed in Afghanistan on Monday when a suicide bomber on a motorbike struck their patrol near Bagram air base, officials said, the deadliest attack on U.S. forces this year.

Defusal experts in cat-and-mouse game with bombmakers – veteran bomb technician​
December 18, 2015
A profession in which one makes a mistake only once. Called “the most dangerous job in the world,” bomb disposal is unforgiving – and yet, vital in the era of terrorism.


 

Chilling moment man plants IED in Preston shopping centre
December 17, 2015
Police have released CCTV footage of a man suspected of planting an IED that exploded at a shopping centre in Preston (UK) today.


Terrorism Preps In The Show Me State… Cell Phones, Propane Tanks And Explosives
December 16, 2015
It’s been an interesting few weeks in The Show Me state of Missouri. Events there have not left anyone feeling as safe and secure as Obama keeps claiming they should be from his podium.

The patience of jihad
December 14, 2015
As the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has reaffirmed its commitment to send jihadist fighters into western Europe and the United States through easily accessible refugee streams, the Obama administration is still refusing to reconsider its policy to bring additional refugees from terror hot spots to American soil.

Newtownabbey: ‘Pipe bomb’ found in security alert

December 14, 2015
A suspicious object that sparked a security alert in a residential estate in County Antrim was a “viable pipe bomb-type device”, according to police


Image of recovering military working dog with Purple Heart goes viral
December 12, 2015
The image of a recovering working military dog with a Purple Heart affixed to his muzzle is going viral.


Swiss arrest two Syrians; traces of explosives in car – media reports
December 11, 2015
Two Syrian nationals were arrested in Geneva on Friday and traces of explosives were found in their car, the local newspaper Tribune de Geneve and Swiss television said.


Spanish embassy in Kabul under Taliban attack; blast, gunshots heard
December 11, 2015
The Spanish embassy in Kabul was under attack on Friday, Afghan and Madrid officials said after a massive car blast was reported in the area during rush hour, followed by ongoing bursts of gunfire.


Islamic State truck bombs kill up to 60 people in Syrian town: Kurds
December 11, 2015
A triple truck bomb attack claimed by Islamic State in northeastern Syria killed at least 50 people and wounded 80 others, a spokesman for the Kurdish militia that controls the area said on Friday.


Woman bomber blows herself up at Afghan checkpoint, kills 4
December 11, 2015
An Afghan official said a woman detonated her explosives’ vest at a checkpoint in eastern Nangarhar province, killing her three children and an officer who stopped their suspicious-looking car.


Suspected Boko Haram suicide bomber kills 10 in Cameroon
December 11, 2015
A suicide bomber killed 10 people in Cameroon’s Far North region, military and political sources said, in an attack thought to have been carried out by Boko Haram militants.

 

2 students face charges after IED found at school
December 10, 2015
Students were evacuated about noon Wednesday from Warren Central Junior High School, Police Chief Walter Armstrong said.


 

Prototype sensor can detect multiple explosives with a single test
December 9, 2015
Researchers at the University College London (UCL) have developed a new sensor with the ability to simultaneously detect five commonly-used explosives.


Explosive threats no match for Osan EOD
December 9, 2015
Whether a faulty 9 mm pistol round or a pipe bomb meant to cause harm, there is one shop that holds the responsibility of disarming and disposing of these dangerous objects.


4 injured in blast at Moscow bus stop – reports
December 7, 2015
At least four people have been injured in a blast at bus stop in central Moscow, according to police and medical sources.


Timebomb: The biological weapons AND the Islamists who will arm them are already here
December 6, 2015
ISIS extremists have recruited an army of scientists and already smuggled chemical and biological weapons into Europe, a shocking parliamentary report has revealed.

At least 27 people died as three suspected female Boko Haram suicide bombers detonate themselves at a packed market on an island in Lake Chad filled with refugees trying to flee the carnage
December 5, 2015
Three female suicide bombers have attacked a busy market on an island in Lake Chad leaving at least 27 people dead and 90 injured.


IED-making tools, Boston Bomber-style explosives and 4,500 bullets: The arsenal inside the home of the San Bernardino terror couple that could have cost as little as $4,000
December 3, 2015
The radicalized Muslim and his Pakistani wife who killed 14 people in San Bernardino used the same designs as the Boston Bombers to put together 12 pipe bombs, reports suggest.


11-year-old ‘potential bomber’ arrested
December 3, 2015
An 11-year-old boy has been arrested as a “potential suicide bomber” at a camp for people displaced by the Boko Haram conflict, according to Nigeria’s military.

5 hurt in Chuadanga crude bombs blast
December 3, 2015
Chuadanga (Bangladesh): – At least 11 crude bombs exploded at three different places in the district town on Wednesday night.