News – October 2015

Inaugural APHS Conference and Exhibition Kicked Off with Participants from Over 40 Countries
October 30, 2015

The inaugural Asia Pacific Homeland Security (APHS) conference and exhibition (CONFEX) has confirmed its spot as the leading urban resilience forum, hosting participants from over 40 countries and 20 delegations from ASEAN countries as well as from Fiji, Maldives, Mongolia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka this week.

“We must consolidate the integration in the fight against terrorism”
October 28, 2015
The Spanish Secretary of State for Security, Francisco Martinez, in the opening of the “Interagency Workshop 2015″

Mystery surrounds bomb dummies found in woods near Trowbridge
October 27, 2015
Mystery surrounds the discovery of dummy explosives found dumped in a wood near Trowbridge, after they sparked a bomb scare.

EOD tech, double amputee runs for Congress
October 26, 2015
Brian Mast first started thinking about running for Congress from his hospital bed at Walter Reed. The explosive ordnance disposal technician was bedridden for two months after losing both his legs to a landmine in Afghanistan.


Islamic State claims responsibility for Bangladesh bombings on Shias
October 24, 2015
The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the bombing of the main Shiite shrine in the Bangladeshi capital Saturday that killed one person and wounded nearly 80, as thousands gathered for the annual Ashura procession.

Hoax Call From ‘Mumbai’ Triggers Bomb Scare In Pakistan Governor’s House
October 24,2015
A hoax call allegedly traced to Mumbai on Saturday claimed that a bomb was planted on the premises of Sindh Governor’s House here, sparking a security alert.


Four hurt in failed Cairo bomb disposal near pyramids
October 23, 2015
Four people including two Egyptian policemen were wounded Friday in a failed attempt to dismantle a bomb outside a Cairo hotel near the pyramids, a security official said.


ISIS jihadis use deadly chemical weapon mustard gas to bomb Iraqi Kurds
October 22, 2015
The warfare agent was “most probably” used on the battlefield by the depraved extremist group fighting Kurdish troops in Irbil, according to several sources inside the country.

Prince Harry honours military bomb disposal experts on 75th anniversary of EOD unit
October 22, 2015
Prince Harry honoured the bomb disposal experts killed in action, at a service marking the 75th anniversary of armed forces’ explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) units

Bomb squad called in twice in 48 hours
October 21, 2015
The Defence Forces deployed its Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Team to the Longford town area twice in 48 hours last week.


Forgotten hero who spent war defusing unexploded bombs – despite life expectancy of just 10 weeks
October 21, 2015
With no training and facing death on a regular basis John Hannaford was one of the brave bomb squad from the Second World War.


UK begins training Iraqi Forces in countering-IEDs
October 19, 2015
UK personnel have begun to deliver counter-Improvised Explosive Devices (C-IED) training to members of the Iraqi Security Forces in Iraq.

Roadside bomb kills two rangers in Thai south – military
October 19, 2015
A roadside bomb killed two paramilitary soldiers and wounded five others in violence-plagued southern Thailand, where the military is fighting Malay Muslim insurgents rebelling against rule by the country’s Buddhist majority.

Female suicide bombers wreak havoc in Nigeria
October 16, 2015
Four women suicide bombers blew themselves up early on Friday when challenged by soldiers as they tried to enter a city in northeastern Nigeria, killing at least 18 people and themselves.


UN global advocate Daniel Craig visits Cyprus, highlights need for continued de-mining efforts
October 13, 2015
In his new role as the United Nations Global Advocate for the Elimination of Mines and Explosive Hazards, renowned actor Daniel Craig underscored the humanitarian importance of the UN’s de-mining efforts in Cyprus, his first country visit for the Organization.


Arrested Bombers Plotted Attack on Moscow Metro, Airports
October 12, 2015
Three people were detained on suspicion of plotting a terrorist attack in Moscow, a law enforcement source said on Sunday.


UK Military Vehicle Hit By Kabul Taliban Bomb
October 11, 2015
At least three people have been hurt by a suicide attack on a convoy of British troops in the Afghan capital Kabul.

At least 8 killed in suicide bomb attack in N Cameroon
October 11, 2015
At least eight people were killed in a suicide bomb attack on Sunday morning in Sangueleri, locality of the Far North region of Cameroon near the Nigerian border, security sources told Xinhua.


Rise in child suicide bombings – International Community must take action
October 9, 2015
Two reports from UNICEF and Action on Armed Violence which state that children as young as 7 have been used as suicide bombers have prompted SNP MP Roger Mullin to lead a special debate in Westminster on the issue, and to call on the international community for action.

Blast in St. Petersburg busy street injures granny
October 8, 2015
A 66-year-old Russian woman was reportedly injured in an explosion of what is thought to have been a homemade bomb she was carrying in St. Petersburg on Thursday. A second explosive device was reportedly destroyed by security services.

Booz Allen Hamilton Wins $937 Million DOD Global Threat Mitigation Program to Strengthen National Security Interests and Protect U.S. Armed Forces
October 7, 2015
As the nature and frequency of 21st century physical and cyber security threats facing the United States continue to evolve, Booz Allen Hamilton remains at the forefront in support of the armed forces’ new missions, adoption of innovative technologies, and tackling of acquisition and budgeting challenges focused on Warfighters’ needs.

Marines foil bombing attempt in Jolo, Sulu
October 6, 2015
The Philippine military on Monday night foiled a bomb attempt in Jolo, Sulu, after soldiers discovered an explosive device hidden in a bunch of lansones left by the roadside.

Brazil Police Safely Detonate Bomb Found In Heart Of Sao Paulo
October 6, 2015
Police on Monday detonated an explosive device discovered at a taxi stand in Brazil’s largest city, thereby averting a potential national disaster.

Cash for Landmine Survivors Disappeared in Afghanistan
October 5, 2015
Clear Path International is a non-governmental organization working in some of the world’s worst war-torn regions.

Social Media Firms ‘Undermine’ Police On Terror
October 5, 2015
Britain’s most senior counter-terror police officer has warned that social media firms are putting lives at risk by refusing to co-operate with investigations into terrorist activity.

Exercise Dugong 2015: Mine warfare scenario played out by Navy clearance divers in Hobart
October 5, 2015
Hobart will be treated as though it were a post war zone by Navy clearance divers taking part in Exercise Dugong, an annual training operation lasting two weeks.

Flying IEDs: The Next Evolution in Warfare?
October 3, 2015
Over the course of the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, roadside Improvised Explosive Devices have become the scourge of the United States military’s ordinance disposal units.

Cambodia hosts INTERPOL training against smuggling of chemicals
October 2, 2015
The illegal movement of chemical and explosive materials by criminals and terrorists, tied to the transit of radicalized individuals between conflict zones within and outside Southeast Asia.

Deadly parcel bombs rock southern China region of Guangx
October 1, 2015
Emergency services rushed to the scenes of the blasts, which caused severe damage to buildings and vehicles, it said. The first occurred around 3:50 p.m. Wednesday.

Security forces on anti-Naxal operations face 40% increase in IED attacks
October 1, 2015
Security forces deployed for anti-Naxal operations in Left Wing Extremism affected states of the country are witnessing a 40 per cent spurt in attacks carried out through use of IEDs or hidden landmines by Maoists.