Members of the United Stated Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 1 that is assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa have completed a training mission for the Tanzania People’s Defence Forces in Dar es Salaam Tanzania.
The mission dubbed Humanitarian Mine Action Level one is set to equip the TPDF with the necessary mine disposal skills.
20 Tanzania People’s Defence Forces (TPDF) soldiers have completed 25-day training on ordnance disposal, knot tying, and emergency medical care and weapons identification.
The training was done by the US Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 1, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. The US team comprised of two U.S. Navy EOD technicians and corpsman.
The sole purpose of the training was to give the TPDF skill needed to detect and clear landmines, identify and dispose explosive remnants and provide physical security and stockpile management of explosive hazards.
Tanzania which is in the Horn of Africa region is very susceptible to al Shabaab attacks with reports indicating active cells in the country, as well as a huge number of Tanzanians arrested as they transit to Somalia to receive al Shabaab military training.
Al Shabaab Modus Operandi is using explosive devices like rockets, mortars, grenades, explosives-rigged booby traps, missiles for which the TPDF received training in detecting and disarming. The highly enthusiastic team has shown interest and has acquired the necessary skills according to the training officers.
The United States through its Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa has imparted the necessary military skills to militaries in the region to better adapt to the changing tactics of the terrorists.