News – February 2016

At Least 70 Killed By Baghdad Suicide Bombs
February 28, 2016
At least 70 people have been killed and more than 100 wounded in twin suicide bombings in Baghdad, officials said.

Turkey has most firms involved in supply chain to ISIL
February 25, 2016
Companies from 20 countries are involved in the supply chain of components that end up in Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) explosives, a study found on Thursday, revealing Turkey had the highest number of firms involved in this business.


Police Discover Two Pipe Bombs, Ammo in Jerusalem Old City Food Stand
February 24, 2016
Police arrested two suspects in Jerusalem’s Old City on Wednesday morning after they discovered improvised explosive devices and ammunition during a raid on a food stand.


Woman arrested in Sydney counter-terrorism investigation
February 23, 2016
The family of a teenage bride who expressed a desire to become a “jihadi Bonnie and Clyde” with her husband say they are shocked at the way things have transpired.

Faster detection of landmines using radar
February 22, 2016
Every 20 to 30 minutes, somewhere in the world, a person – often a child – steps on a landmine.  It is estimated that over 100 million anti-personnel mines are buried worldwide and a further 200 to 250 million are thought to remain in military storage facilities.


Why ISIS Is Building Mad Max Truck Bombs
February 22, 2016
The members of ISIS have more in common with the war boys of Mad Max: Fury Road than ruthless violence, desert surroundings, and a yearning to die in combat (“I live, I die, I live again!”).


From landmines to improvised bombs, weapons impair development
February 22, 2016
After the guns fall silent and the bombs stop falling, war has a nasty way of indiscriminately rearing its head and inflicting yet more pain and suffering on civilians trying to rebuild their lives.


Kenyan troops in Somalia kill al-Shabaab explosive device expert
February 21, 2016
Kenya’s military said Friday its troops serving under the Africa Union mandate in Somalia have killed 20 Al-Shabaab militants including an improvised explosive device (IED) expert who was the main target.


Suicide bombers kill at least 24 in Cameroon market
February 19, 2016Two suicide bombers posing as food vendors killed at least 24 people and injured 112 others in a market in Meme, northern Cameroon, security sources said on Friday.


Turkey says Kurds in Syria responsible for Ankara car bomb
February 18, 2016
Turkey has blamed Wednesday’s car bomb attack on a military convoy in Ankaraon Kurds based in Syria, as another explosion hit a convoy in the south-east.

Four charged over Maldives pres residence bomb
February 18, 2016
Prosecutors have charged four individuals in connection to the explosive device found in a vehicle parked near the presidential residence of Muliaage in capital Male.

FBI Opens New Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center Laboratory Complex
February 17, 2016
The Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center (TEDAC) officially set up its new home on February 16 at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama.

Al-Shabab Claims Car Bomb That Killed Somalia’s Former Defense Minister
February 16, 2016
Al-Shabab says it was behind the car bomb that killed Somalia’s former defense minister in the capital Mogadishu on Monday.


The smart sensor that can sniff out explosives: Scientists say super sensitive system now rivals ‘a dog’s nose’
February 16, 2016
A University of Rhode Island professor has developed a sensor that detects the kind of explosive used in the Paris bombings, to try to stop future attacks.

ISIS claims responsibility for southern Russian car bombing that killed 2, injured 17
February 15, 2016
Two people have been killed and 17 injured by a car bomb at a police checkpoint near Derbent in the southern Russian Republic of Dagestan. Islamic State terrorists claimed responsibility in a tweet. FSB says a local terrorist group was used for the job.

Captured Boko Haram Female Suicide Bomber: Why I Didn’t Want To Detonate My Own Explosives
February 13, 2016
A female suicide bomber who was recruited to take part in last Tuesday’s bomb attacks in Dikwa, Borno State, has explained why she decided not to detonate her own explosives.


After Pathankot attack, NSG to revise SoPs to defuse bombs, IEDs
February 12, 2016
The National Security Guard is revising its standard operating procedures (SoPs) for defusing bombs and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) after it lost Lt Colonel E Niranjan while he was sanitising dead bodies of terrorists in Pathankot.


Dogs’ New Challenge: Find A Bomb Before It Becomes A Bomb
February 11, 2016
Humans have long turned to the dog for its nose, especially in its ability to hunt, track missing people and search for drugs.

CHO airport unveils state-of-the-art security checkpoint
February 11, 2016
Charlottesville’s regional airport officially unveiled its new security checkpoint Thursday, just one part of an ongoing construction project.


OSCE unhappy about civilian casualties in Ukraine
February 10, 2016
A minibus tripped a mine in the war zone in Ukraine, several civilians died, BelTA learned from Martin Sajdik, the OSCE’s special representative in the trilateral contact group on Ukraine, on 10 February.


Man accused of possessing explosive substance was ‘engineer for the IRA’, Special Criminal Court hears
February 9, 2016
A Northern Ireland man accused of possessing an explosive substance was “an engineer for the IRA”, the Special Criminal Court has heard.


Researchers Develop New Material Which Lights Up On Detecting Explosives
February 8, 2016
In a world constantly under the grip of terror activities, scientists have created a material which turns fluorescent if there are molecules from explosives in the vicinity.

Russia Arrests Seven Alleged ISIS Members Suspected Of Planning Attacks
February 8, 2016
Russia has detained seven alleged ISIS members on suspicion of planning terror attacks in Moscow and St. Petersburg, state media report.


Twitter Suspends 125,000 ‘Terrorism’ Accounts
February 6, 2016
Twitter has suspended more than 125,000 accounts for threatening or promoting terrorist acts – most related to Islamic State.

Discussing new strategies to tackle terrorism
February 3, 2016
High ranking security and emergency services officials will gather at World Counter Terror Congress to discuss future counter terror strategies


Man sucked out of a hole created by blast on board Somalian aeroplane
February 3, 2016
A passenger was apparently sucked out of a Daallo Airlines plane after a blast on board left a huge hole on the side of the aircraft.


JIDA To Become JIDO Under Defense Threat Reduction Agency
February 2, 2016
The Pentagon’s war-time office set up to counter improvised explosive device threats that proliferated during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will become a permanent establishment under the Defense Threat Reduction Agency.


CERDEC’s technical interchange meeting to identify R&D investments opens for registration
February 2, 2016
The U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development, and Engineering Center (CERDEC) will hold a two-day technical interchange meeting (TIM) to identify and align beneficial research and development (R&D) investments.


Winter 2015/16 edition of the Counter-IED Report magazine is now available to read online and in print
February 1, 2016
Articles, in-depth analysis and insights from UNMAS, GICHD, NLD Ministry of Defence, U.S. Army Europe’s Joint Multinational Readiness Center (JMRC) in Germany, NATO C-IED Center of Excellence in Madrid, Allied Headquarters Joint Force Command Brunssum and many more.


Syria conflict: Dozens killed near Sayyida Zeinab shrine
February 1, 2016
At least 71 people have died in blasts near the Shia shrine of Sayyida Zeinab, south of Syria’s capital Damascus.