Somali police has been given their first surveillance drones in an effort to boost their capability in combating Islamist driven attacks.
The drones were donated by former U.S. intelligence specialist saying they will be helpful in fight against the Al-Qaeda-linked Islamist insurgents.
The Somali police received five drones, some of which have infra-red or night vision capabilities.
Brett Velicovich whose service with the U.S. military features in a “Drone Warrior” noted of complexity in attacks in Somalia saying the drones will be helpful to the security agents in conducting surveillance on the enemy.
The drones’ donation to Somali police comes as U.S. President Donald Trump is increasing military engagement in the region.
A member of the U.S. Navy SEAL Special Forces was killed in Somalia earlier this month on a raid, becoming the first U.S. combat casualty in Somalia since 1993.