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National Intelligence and Security Services – Ethiopia

Location: Ethiopia

Type: Police

National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) are primarily responsible for counterterrorism activities in Ethiopia.

They operate counterterrorism surveillance and intelligence, border security, and investigations. Though there is cross-agency cooperation, which often sees NISS have collaborate with the military and police in order to prevent al Shabaab attacks in Ethiopia.

Together the police, defence forces and intelligence services make up the Ethiopian Task Force for Counterterrorism. This encourages information sharing, coordination and collaboration between all branched of the counterterrorism efforts in Ethiopia.

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.