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Friday, January 9, 2015

Somalia counter-terrorism police unit to be deployed

(Medeshi)- General Garad Nur Abdulle, Head of the Somali Police Force Training and Planning Department, announced on January 08 that the first squad of a new Somali police unit was formed to spearhead the fight against Al Shabab terrorists and lead security efforts in Somalia.
Receiving training in Djibouti, the new unit aims to avert the threats of terrorism. He said "The Somali police did not have the expertise to counter the tactics al-Shabaab and al-Qaeda were using in the country; therefore, it became necessary to create this new unit,” adding that "This squad is the first group [under the new unit] to be trained and comprises 150 officers.” General Garad Nur Abdulle went on to note that "They are a special force with adequate training and equipment." He further underlined that Somalia demanded a special force specifically trained to prevent acts of terrorism, saying that this new unit will conduct operations in areas where al-Shabaab has carried out attacks. General Garad Nur Abdulle said that "The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is paying the expenses and the salaries of these officers and governments such as Britain, Italy, Ethiopia and Djibouti will support us in skill building and vehicles." He also added that partners provided police experts to carry out the three-month training in Djibouti, which concluded mid-December, he said.
- MoFA