Somalia: Amisom, Partners Devise Strategies On Countering Improvised Explosive Devices

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The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and key international partners have concluded a meeting in Mogadishu, convened to devise ways of reducing the threat posed by Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) in Somalia.

The meeting, a follow-up to a similar one held in April this year deliberated on specific threats, the dynamism of the threats and explored ways of bolstering efforts to reduce them.

Facilitated by the United Kingdom Mission Support Team (UKMST), the two-day meeting was attended by representatives from the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS), the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), the United States Army, the Turkish Army, the European Union Training Mission (EUTM) in Somalia, and military officers from AMISOM.

Participants discussed mitigation efforts, while analyzing the impact of IEDs along the Main Supply Routes. Also high on the agenda of the meeting was the nature of the capacity building support to the Somali National Security Forces in counter IED efforts. They agreed to intensify sensitization of local populations on the impact of IEDs especially along Main Supply Routes.

“This is a threat that is being effectively utilized by the enemy. And so we must go after it and defeat it,” remarked AMISOM’s deputy Head of Mission Mr. Simon Mulongo, during the official opening on Monday.

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