Some 34 police officers, gendarmes, wardens, and members of vigilance committees recently completed training on how to defuse improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Participants were from Cameroon, Chad, Congo, and the Central African Republic.
The training initiated by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) was held at the International School for Security Forces (Eiforces) in Yaoundé.
The training is aimed at equipping participants with the skill to recognize and defuse those improvised devices.
In Cameroon, the use of IEDs is rising gradually especially on the battlefields opposing the army, Boko Haram, and separatist militias in the Anglophone Southwest and Northwest regions.
In recent days, it has been a choice weapon for separatist groups. The attacks involving those devices claimed the lives of several members of Cameroon’s security and defense forces.