The British Peace Support Team (BPST) East Africa along with Danish instructors have been providing training for Kenya Defence Force (KDF) students on the safe removal of Improvised Explosive Devices (IED).
This training follows on from similar training provided by BPST (EA) last month for the KDF and Kenyan Police Force.
IEDs are “home-made” bombs which come in a variety of forms and levels of sophistication. They can be concealed along roads, carried in a bag, loaded on a car or even strapped to the body.
These cheap explosive devices are inexpensive to make and can be made from commercially available materials or rigged out of military explosives. A single device can be used to disrupt troop and civilian movements while concealing the individual deploying it.
IED attacks in Kenya have been carried out by small groups of al Shabaab terrorists with the aim of sustaining a narrative of the ungovernability and lawlessness in the Northeastern region of the country.
Recently, IED attacks have been used to target the police and military forces.