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Dismantling of a terrorist cell in Niamey. A very realistic exercise

(Credit: EUCAP Sahel Niger)
The students carried out arrests and took action when weapons were discovered. (Credit: EUCAP Sahel Niger)

(BRUSSELS2) Identify and dismantle a terrorist cell about to commit an attack against a restaurant frequented by Westerners in the heart of Niamey. This is the exercise that Nigeriens carried out in their capital, from April 11 to 15. With particular attention paid to the process of preserving traces and clues.

A request from the anti-terrorist services

This type of attack has increased in West Africa. Training in surveillance and shadowing techniques was therefore organized by the European mission to strengthen the capacities of internal security forces (EUCAP SAHEL Niger), at the request of the main heads of the country's anti-terrorist services.

A first test of internal coordination

The exercise was not without problems, particularly with radio. But it is a “success” nevertheless underline the men and women of EUCAP. This training, which brought together personnel from the Directorate of General Intelligence (DRG) and the Central Counter-Terrorism Service (SCLCT), allowed members of the two services to exchange ideas with each other and “ understand the need to share common operational techniques ».

(Leonor Hubaut)

Leonor Hubaut

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