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The Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF ] on Friday 26 May 2023 concluded in-theater training for its troops on Counter Improvised Explosive Devices (C-IED). The training which was organised by the EU and COGINTA 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 were immediate survivability, IED placement, and disposal techniques among others. The Force Commander Maj Gen GU Chibuisi who was represented at the closing ceremony by the Deputy Force Commander Brig Gen Assoualai Blama remarked that the efforts of the European Union towards confronting terrorist activities in the Lake Chad Basin region were commendable.

He added that the MNJTF acknowledged the importance of the training on IEDs to end the fight against the Insurgents noting that the terrorists resorted to the use of IEDs because they found it increasingly difficult to carry out attacks on troops. He charged them to be on alert at all times in other to detect and defuse the devices when they encounter them in the course of performing their duties.

Gen Assoualai expressed the appreciation of the Task Force to the European Union for the training which he said will enhance the capabilities of the Force in the fight against terrorists in the Lake Chad Basin region.

Earlier, the representative of the European Union stated that the training was considered necessary following the increase in the use of IEDs by terrorists. He further stated that the objective of the training was to improve the skills and techniques needed by the troops to counter improvised explosive devices in the field.

He enjoined troops to use the knowledge acquired during the training to combat the threat of IEDs. The occasion was graced by dignitaries both MNJTF and representatives of the European Union and COGINTA.

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