If you think a small drone couldn’t make a significant damage, you better think again! Actually, it’s all a matter of targeting the right spot and being armed with the right weapon. With those two things in place, things can get really, really bad.
Case in point, a series of massive explosions recently rocked an ammunition depot of a military base located in Balakliya, Eastern Ukraine. An amateur video taken by a resident shows us the devastation from afar as smoke and fire spewed into the sky.
Apparently, the culprit behind the attack is a small drone carrying a 1-pound thermite hand grenade.
A Popular Mechanics report mentions that the said explosions “caused an astounding billion dollars worth of damage.” The site further tells us that SBU personnel, Ukraine’s domestic intelligence service, believes that the drone that infiltrated the base was carrying a Russian ZMG-1 thermite grenade.
Although a thermite grenade does not detonate, it does burn at extremely high heat.
Reports indicated that 1 person was killed and 5 others have been injured.
The ammo depot is located about 60 miles from the Russian/Ukranian border where fight has recently occurred.
Watch the series of explosions in this video:
PM contributor and Scout Warrior writer David Hambling was quick to point out that this wasn’t the first time a Ukrainian military base has been assaulted by drones. In December of 2015, weaponized drones dropped 14 grenades in Balakliya but the fires were immediately extinguished. Also, the Svatavo ammunition dump has been attacked in October 2015 which led to the destruction of and 3,000 tons of explosives and 1,700 homes near the area. Meanwhile, ISIS has likewise previously used drones to attack French and Kurdish soldiers in 2016.
Clearly, the seemingly-harmless “hobbyist devices” have been turned into “lethal weapons capable of killing,” Popular Mechanics wrote.
Colombian Army Seizes Drug-Smuggling Submarine Used To Transport Four Tons Of Cocaine
Thirty percent of illegal drugs in the US arrive via narco-submarines.
Police and troops in Colombia have seized a narco-submarine, the first electrical submarine used to smuggle four tons of cocaine to Central America. The army discovered the vessel before it could successfully transport the illegal cargo.
While carrying out an operation around San Juan and Baudo rivers, soldiers discovered the submarine. It is believed to measure nine meters or 30 feet in length and four and has a width of four and a half meters or 15 feet.
The ELN guerilla group is most likely the owners of the submarine.
China Vows To Donate Fish For Filipino Fishermen in Palawan
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said they will be donating fish to help “improve the livelihood” of Filipino fishermen.
Following the implementation of the annual fishing ban in the heavily-disputed South China Sea, China recently declared that they will be providing assistance for Filipino fishermen soon.
This is according to Wang Yi, Foreign Minister of China, who recently made an official visit to Manila, Philippines. The Chinese official said the country is committed to helping the livelihood of Filipinos – particularly those working as fishermen in the area of Palawan.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi vowed they will donate fish for Palawan fishermen.
Filipino Priest Caught With 13 Year Old Girl in Motel, Draws Gun During Arrest
The pimp was a minor too.
Sexual-related abuses involving members of the clergy are nothing new; much has been reported about this for decades now, so much that the issue has reached the Vatican. Pope Francis is currently reprimanding priests involved in such abuses but this doesn’t mean that the practice has already stopped.
Recently, a priest in the Philippines tried to take a 13-year old girl to a motel but was quickly apprehended by the police.
The news report identified the suspect as Msgr. Arnel Fuentes Lagarejos is a 55-year old priest serving parishes in Marikina City and Rizal in the Philippines. ...