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Nigeriens secure the African Union summit – the EU supports

28/06/2019 - 12:59
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To prepare for the African Union summit to be held in Niamey from 6 to 9 July, Nigerien security agencies carried out a crisis management exercise. The civilian CSDP Mission EUCAP Niger and the French Embassy led the exercise which simulated countering a complex terrorist attack.

Civilian CSDP Missions work for human security

EUCAP trains and advises Nigerien security forces

Over 60 vehicles and 200 men and women of the National Police, the National Guard, the Gendarmerie, the Fire Department participated in the exercise.

The realistic exercise scenarios simulated the diversion hijacking of a fuel tanker, an attack on a car convoy transporting VIPs from the airport as well as a commando attack on the accommodation quarters of summit guests.

The exercise helps Nigerien forces to secure the upcoming African Union summit

All participating security forces stood under the command of the Regional Operations Centre (COR), which is under the authority of the governor of Niamey. The COR has been established and equipped by EUCAP Sahel.

The Regional Operations Centre has been established and equipped by EUCAP Sahel Niger

The exercise – jointly led by EUCAP Sahel Niger and the French Embassy - will assist the Nigerien internal security forces to better manage the security aspects of the African Union summit in Niamey from 6 to 9 July.

Launched in 2012 EUCAP Sahel Niger supports the Nigerien security forces through training and advice to fight terrorism, organised crime and irregular migration in an integrated, sustainable and human rights-centred manner. The Mission employs around 180 staff.