The Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), has concluded training of troops on Counter Improvised Explosive Devices (C-IED) in N’Djamena.
A statement by the spokesman of MNJTF, Lt. Col. Kamarudeen Adegoke, said the training was supported by European Union (EU) and COGINTA, a Swiss based NGO.
“The training which was organised by the EU and COGINTA held at Headquarters MNJTF in N’Djamena focused on basic tracking skills, intelligence gathering and identification of IED products in counter insurgency operations.
“Other aspects of the training included immediate survivability, IED placement and disposal techniques among others,” Adegoke said.
The Force Commander of the MNJTF, Maj. Gen. G.U Chibuisi, who was represented at the closing ceremony by the Deputy Force Commander, Brig.Gen Assoualai Blama, lauded EU for its sustain support in the fight against terrorism in the Lake Chad Basin region.
Chibuisi who spoke on the relevance of the training on handling IED in the fight against insurgents, urged the troops to always be on alert, particularly in detecting and diffusing explosives frequently used by terrorists.
“Earlier, the representative of the European Union stated that the training was considered necessary following the increase in the use of IED by the terrorists.
“He further stated that the objective of the training was to improve on the skills and techniques needed by the troops to counter improvised explosive devices in the field.
“He enjoined the troops to use the knowledge acquired during the training to combat the threat of IEDs,” the statement added.
Dignitaries at the ceremony included Chief of Cells, representatives of European Union and COGINTA.
Highlights of the event include presentation of certificates to the graduands, donation of magnetic detectors, visiere de protection and mirror protectors by the EU.