The British Army will expand the UK-funded counter improvised explosive system (IED) coaching facility in Africa.
A counter-improvised explosive device training facility at the Humanitarian Peace Support School in Nairobi, Kenya, will be expanded into a regional centre of excellence thanks to the UK’s support, and will provide training to troops participating in the African Union Mission in Somalia from Kenya and other partner nations in the region.
The expanded facility will help train the Kenyan security forces and other African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) troop-contributing countries in the region to identify and effectively destroy the IEDs.
The UK will continue to offer support to Africa with a funding of £2.3m each year from the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) and mentoring from the British Army.
“From supporting counter-terrorist operations in Mali to improvised explosive device disposal training in Kenya, our Armed Forces are helping to build a more secure Africa. By tackling the terrorist threat abroad we are helping to keep our streets safe at home.” said Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson.
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.
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 our cooperation on counter-terrorism, child protection, and regional security.