Global Counter-IED MapMilitary Counter-IED units

Kenya Defence Forces (KDF)

Location: Nairobi


Type: Military

Much of the KDF’s expertise of clearing operations comes from participating in demining efforts across the region. They have received training in CIED through from a variety of sources, such as the British Peace Support Team and from Africa Contingency Operations Training and Assistance.

The KDF have also received training from the United States, including in bomb detection and disposal. The training was given by trainers from the US Army’s Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA)’s as part of their Train the Trainer programme.

Topics covered included operational risk management, first aid, EOD safety precautions and fuse functions.

Expanded courses covered the identification of ordnance such as bombs, bomb fuses, missiles, sub-munitions and dispensers. The KDF units were also trained in protective works, demolition firing systems and demolition materials.

The training given by the US aimed to respond to the training aspects of the three key areas of weakness they believe existed within the KDF’s capabilities:

  • Material resources
  • Pre-deployment training for soldiers outside the EOD community
  • Validated KDF CIED instructors

This training meant that the CIED knowledge that had already been accumulated within the KDF could be distributed through a KDF operated training programme.


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.