Twelve soldiers attached to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) bomb squad in Jowhar, HirShabelle State, Somalia have completed specialized training on countering Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).
IEDs are locally manufactured explosives that have become the main weapon of choice for Al-Shabaab terrorists in Somalia.
Conducted by the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) over a period of seven weeks, the training enhanced the capacity of the soldiers to deter IED threats.
AMISOM Sector 5 Commander Brigadier General Telesphore Barandereka said the training was important in enhancing the skills of his troops to identify and detonate IEDs, which are a threat to lives and equipment, and hinder the delivery of essential services to communities in liberated areas.
IEDs are a major threat to civilians and their goods.
“With this training, we are better equipped to clear the IEDs for the protection of the people of this region,” Brig. General Barandereka said.
AMISOM works closely and supports the Somalia National Army (SNA) in the fight against terrorism in Somalia.
In Jowhar, HirShabelle State, AMISOM, and SNA forces often conduct joint security patrols to clear main supply routes of IEDs and to secure population centers against armed groups.