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  • Monday, August 7, 2017 - 00:00

    Afghanistan: More than 16 Metric Tons of Bomb-Making Materials Seized

     


    TRIPwire, 7 August 2017, 0930


    On 5 August 2017, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) in Kabul seized a truck that contained approximately 16,500 kg (36,400 lbs) of ammonium nitrate. The material was in 50-kg (110-lb) bags hidden under chicken feed. The truck, registered in Pakistan, crossed the border and travelled to Kabul before NDS arrested five individuals. An investigation is ongoing.

  • Friday, August 4, 2017 - 00:00

    TRIPwire, 4 August 2017, 0700


    On 2 August 2017 at 0200 hours local time a male suspect threw an incendiary device at the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office jail in Phoenix before driving away. The perpetrator returned the same day at 1900 hours local time and allegedly threw another device. The Molotov cocktails were aimed at an area where inmates are released and officers bring suspects for booking. No one was hurt in the attacks.  Deputies traced the vehicle used in the attacks and later arrested a 27-year-old man.

  • Friday, August 4, 2017 - 00:00

    TRIPwire, 3 August 2017, 0730


    On 2 August 2017 deputies from the Holmes County Sheriff’s Officer responded to calls about a domestic disturbance at a private residence in Westville, Florida. After making initial contact with a male suspect, the man threw an incendiary device at the deputies and retreated into the house, where he armed himself, broke out a window, and opened fired on the deputies. The officers returned fire, hitting the suspect at least once. The suspect was arrested without further incident.

  • Friday, August 4, 2017 - 00:00

    UPDATE: Australia: Additional Details Emerge Concerning Thwarted Airliner Attack

    TRIPwire, 4 August 2017, 0800


    On 4 August 2017 Australian authorities released more details on the foiled terrorist attempt on 15 July 2017 to bring an IED onto a flight leaving Sydney. According to the Australian Federal Police, an ISIS commander sent the IED components, including a “military-grade explosive,” to the two would-be attackers through international air cargo from Turkey. The package also included instructions for assembling the device, which police describe as a “full functioning” sophisticated IED. Once assembled, one of the suspects placed the device inside a piece of luggage and asked his unsuspecting brother to carry it onboard. When the attempt was abandoned due to the weight of the luggage, the attacker left with the bag and his brother continued on the flight. The two attackers then changed tactics and were in the very early stages of creating a chemical dispersion weapon made out of hydrogen sulfide when they were arrested on 29 July. Components of that device were found on properties searched in the past week.

  • Friday, August 4, 2017 - 00:00

     


    TRIPwire, 4 August 2017, 0830


    On 3 August 2017, the Spanish Embassy in Caracas was attacked with multiple incendiary devices. Initial reporting indicates that two suspects on a motorcycle threw the gasoline bombs. Venezuelan authorities have not said whether there were any injuries or damage to the building. Caracas police and agents from the prosecutor’s office are investigating.

  • Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 00:00

     

    TRIPwire, 3 August 2017, 0700

    On 3 August 2017 at approximately 0750 hours local time, an employee at Norfolk Naval Shipyard discovered a bomb threat written on a restroom wall near a complex of work trailers. Navy law enforcement officials and Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) members responded and immediately evacuated the buildings. On 2 August at approximately 0600 local time, a bomb threat was received by Norfolk Naval Shipyard’s Emergency 911 line threatening an unspecified area of the naval station. Four aircraft carriers, which were docked at the pier, were placed on lockdown after an EOD canine unit became alerted of a suspicious vehicle. Naval station EOD members searched the vehicle and gave the all-clear at approximately 1100 hours local time. Also, on 2 August at approximately 0920 hours local time, the first of five bomb threats were called in to Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek, located approximately five miles from Norfolk Naval Shipyard. The calls threatened specific ships, a medical clinic and the Personnel Support Detachment. The buildings were briefly evacuated, but reopened soon after searches returned nothing suspicious. NCIS continues to investigate the threats.

  • Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 00:00

     


    TRIPwire, 3 August 2017, 0730


    On 1 August 2017 at approximately 2220 hours local time, officers from the Cleveland Police Department (CPD) bomb squad responded to a report that a male suspect told the Metroparks Rangers that he planted an explosive device somewhere in the sand at a local beach. Metroparks Rangers evacuated the area, while CPD bomb squad members searched the beach. A suspicious device was recovered, which was later determined to be a hoax. An investigation is ongoing.

  • Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 00:00

     

    TRIPwire, 3 August 2017, 0800

    On 1 August 2017 at approximately 1315 hours local time, Wilmington Police Department (WPD) officers responded to a panic alarm from a local bank. Officers observed a female suspect fleeing the bank on foot, they made contact with and arrested the individual. WPD officers discovered the suspect in possession of a large amount of cash and a fake explosive device. A description of the object was not provided. The suspect was booked on charges of robbery and possession of a hoax explosive device. An investigation is ongoing.

  • Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 00:00

     


    TRIPwire, 3 August 2017, 0830


    On 2 August 2017, a suicide bomber drove a VBIED into a NATO convoy near Kandahar in southwestern Afghanistan, killing two U.S. service members and wounding an unknown number of other soldiers. The nationalities of the wounded were not disclosed. The convoy was part of the NATO Resolute Support mission deployed to the region to train and assist Afghan forces, and was traveling to its base of operations at the nearby airport. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.  

  • Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 00:00

    TRIPwire, 3 August 2017, 0900


    On 2 August 2017 at approximately 1630 hours local time, an employee at an industrial park in central Alberta discovered a suspected explosive device and alerted authorities. Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officers responded and cordoned off the area, and RCMP bomb disposal technicians worked through the evening investigating the device. Technicians determined that it was a viable homemade explosive device and rendered safe the IED. The incident is under investigation.