The Afghan National Police have developed explosive hazard reduction teams. The police within this field receive training to be used in the fight against the significant IED problem in Afghanistan.
The first of these teams was introduced into Helmand province where they will put their CIED skills to use in the protection of Afghan civilians.
In Kabul the Afghani National Police use the Central Training Center in Kabul to learn and train in CIED. Many of the trainers are experts from abroad. For example, the CIED Chief Advisor at the Central Training Center EOD Technician from the Royal Australian Navy.
Some of the Afghan police have received training from foreign bomb disposal operators such as those from the UK and the USA. They have been given training particularly in destroying roadside bombs.
Other CIED relevant course include ones on robot maintenance and repair.
Both the police and army have received equipment such as metal detectors, suits and robots. Now the amount of bomb disposal specialists is in the hundreds but they hope to train more given the scale of the threat in Afghanistan.
This profile is part of AOAV’s investigation into counter-IED (C-IED) actors around the globe. To see the list of all C-IED actors recorded by AOAV, see here. To see those engaged in the Middle East, the Sahel, North Africa or other highly impacted countries please see here, here, here, and here respectively. This research was made possible by funding from the NATO Counter Improvised Explosive Devices Centre of Excellence (C-IED COE). To read the full report, ‘Addressing the threat posed by IEDs: National, Regional and Global Initiatives’, see here.
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