Outgoing British High Commissioner Nic Hailey spoke during the Ambassadors’ review on enhancing regional capability to counter Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) at the Humanitarian Peace Support School (HPSS) in Embakasi yesterday morning.
Paying tribute to the Kenyan soldiers who have died fighting terrorism, Mr Hailey said: “On behalf of our international partners, we honour Kenyan soldiers who have laid down their lives in the fight against terrorism in Somalia to ensure peace and security in this region and world over.”
Somalia has more IED strikes than anywhere else in Africa with 654 IED strikes in the country last year alone which resulted in 1,706 casualties.
The High Commissioner told the review that he believes that the work undertaken by the Humanitarian Peace Support School has having an impact on reducing the threat posed by IED strikes in Somalia. He cited a 4 percent decrease in strikes compared to the previous year with casualties also down by 31 percent.
“We believe it is because this centre is having impact on those troops serving in Somalia,” Mr Hailey said.
Through their Twitter account, the British Peace Support Team (Africa) said: “Working with our Kenya Defence Force (KDF) and International partners at HPSS has helped to develop a continent leading Counter IED (CIED) school which is deterring, detecting and neutralising those who wish harm.”