Some 105 Somali National Army (SNA) troops have concluded infantry training on combat skills in built-up areas and landmine clearance as part of efforts to enhance security in the country, the African Union mission said.
AMISOM said in a statement released on Sunday night that the training was as part of ongoing efforts to strengthen the capacity of Somali security forces to take over the security of their country.
“During this course, we experienced some difficulties; but by working together we have been able to successfully complete this course thanks to your commitment, the motivation of the soldiers and the overall outstanding performance of European Union Training Mission (EUTM) trainers,” Brigadier General Pietro Addis, the Commander of the EUTM in Somalia said.
The light infantry company course which began in January was conducted by trainers from the EUTM in Somalia.
“EUTM will continue day after day to prepare new troops to secure Somalia, trained, motivated, capable and an accountable army to ensure the country’s security responsibility,” Addis added.
He lauded the synergies created by the cooperation of various players that are working toward the creation of the Somali National Army.
General Ahmed Mohamed Jimale, Somalia’s Chief of Defence Forces lauded the various partners for the support to train the local army.
“I encourage you to please apply the skills you have acquired in order to help SNA and the Federal Government to stabilize our country,” Jimale said.
Al-Shabaab militants have stepped up their assault in the Horn of Africa nation and often target hotels and restaurants including Africa Union bases in the city as part of campaign to topple the Western-backed government. Enditem