Military personnel from Cameroon have completed their explosive ordnance disposal training in the country.
Phase I of the Counter Improvised Explosive Device-Defeat training was designed to help Cameroonian troops learn more about improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and how to dispose of them safely.
The training was provided by explosive ordnance disposal soldiers from the US Army’s 764th Ordnance Company from Fort Carson, Colorado.
It was held at the request of the US Army Africa between 23 October and 17 November, the US Department of Defense (DoD) stated.
US Army staff sergeant Joshua Crenshaw said: “We’re here passing on the knowledge that will hopefully save these guys’ lives.
“It will make them slow down; make them think about it before they just run into a situation.”
“We’re trying to help them get ahead of the game – teach them how bad it could be, and teach safe methods now.”
A team led by Crenshaw trained engineers, presidential guard, and the rapid response brigade from Cameroon’s armed forces in countering a variety IEDs such as vehicle-borne IEDs, suicide vests, IEDs buried in the ground, weapons caches and more.
Cameroonian troops regularly deploy to northern Cameroon, where the violent extremist organisation Boko Haram operates.
According to the figures released by the United Nations, attacks by Boko Haram have displaced up to two million people in the countries of Cameroon, Nigeria, Chad, and Niger, and have claimed the lives of up to 15,000 people since 2009.