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Egyptian officers complete bomb disposal course in UK

Ahram Online , Sunday 28 Jun 2015
British Ambassador in Egypt John Casson
British Ambassador in Egypt John Casson (Photo: Fouad Mansour)
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Thirty-one Egyptian officers have completed a two-week intensive training course in Britain on the detection and control of improvised explosive devices, the British Embassy in Cairo stated.

“Egyptian soldiers in Sinai face today the same terrorist threats of improvised explosive devices, a similar threat British troops faced in Afghanistan for many years," British Ambassador John Casson said.

The Egyptian officers were praised by their British instructors for their professionalism, enthusiasm and desire to learn, the statement read.

Based upon the British Army’s Advanced Search Courses, this training was designed and tailored to the needs of the Egyptian Armed Forces and the challenges they face.

Kasn added that the training was a “good opportunity” for British and Egyptian experts to share their skills and professional expertise to combat terrorism threats.

“We will not leave Egypt to fight this murderous violence alone,” he added.

The Egyptian army has been battling an Islamist insurgency in the Sinai peninsula for almost a decade.

Attacks by militants against security forces, including the detonation of IED's targeting patrols as well as attacks on camps, have increased since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013.

Militants have killed hundreds of security personnel in such attacks. The army also killed hundreds of insurgents.

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