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Invest in modern equipment and training to counter the threat of IEDs, says AU Special Representative to Somalia

Mogadishu, February 6 2017 – Effective reduction of the threat caused by Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) in Somalia depends on continued investment in modern equipment and additional training of security officers in counter terrorism measures, the African Union Special Representative for Somalia said Monday.

Addressing participants at a three-day seminar on countering IEDs , Ambassador Francisco Madeira said extra effort must be made by both the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and development partners to address the challenge posed by the devices which have become the weapon of choice for the terrorist group Al-Shabaab.

“In reducing IED threats, education, training, good reporting and exchange of information, degrading the network of the terrorists and investment in equipment to defeat the terrorists is required,” Ambassador Madeira told participants on the first day of the seminar which is taking place in Mogadishu.

The seminar was attended by participants from AMISOM Troop Contributing Countries and partners from the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), the British Army and the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS).

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