The British Peace Support Team (Eastern Africa) has been providing Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Disposal training for 16 students from Kenya Defence Force (KDF) and the Kenya Police Service.
Through the training, the students were taught how to ensure the safe disposal of improvised munitions.
IEDs are “home-made” bombs which come in many forms and levels of sophistication. They can be concealed along roads, carried in a bag, strapped to the body, or loaded on a car.
These cheap explosive devices are cheap to make and can be made from commercially available materials or rigged out of military explosives. A single device to disrupt troop and civilian movements while concealing the individual deploying it.
IED attacks in Kenya have been carried out by small groups of al Shabaab terrorists with the aim of sustaining a narrative of the ungovernability and lawlessness in the Northeastern region of the country.
Recently, IED attacks have been used to target the police and military forces.