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UK expands C-IED support in Africa

3rd September 2018 - 09:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is expanding its counter improvised explosive device (C-IED) support in Africa, the MoD announced on 30 August.

A UK- funded C-IED training facility at the Humanitarian Peace Support School in Nairobi is being expanded into a regional centre of excellence with the help of the British Army, who are working closely with Kenyan partners to combat terrorism in East Africa. By November 2020, the wing is expected to have developed into a fully-functioning, independent centre of excellence where East African instructors will provide specialised IED disposal training.

Training will be offered to Kenyan security forces and other African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) troop-contributing nations in the region. Continued UK support will also include £2.3 million a year from the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund and mentoring from the British Army.

The expansion forms part of a new UK-Kenya security agreement which is allowing both countries to keep pace with the changing nature of threats and to renew cooperation on counter-terrorism, child protection and regional security. The MoD also announced £7 million of new UK funding to support AMISOM.

Since 2015, 1,000 military and police personnel from East Africa have been trained by the British Army in identifying and destroying IEDs.

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