World Bulletin/News Desk
A team of 21 Uganda police officers will travel to Turkey in November for training on how to rescue hostages on airplanes.
"This specialized team will travel to Turkey soon to undergo training on how to rescue hostages from a plane," Commissioner Moses Kafeero, head of the police training school, told Anadolu Agency.
"Uganda has not had any plane hostage taking incidents before, but our officers need to be prepared always," he said. "Terrorism is one of the biggest challenges Uganda now faces."
He said the 21 officers to be trained had been drawn from the Counter-terrorism Directorate, the police training school and the Field Force Unit.
Kafeero said they had been selected after a month of training by specialists from the Turkish Special Forces.
The six Turkish trainers also trained Ugandan officers on how to strike terrorists in crowded areas without risking the lives of innocent civilians, Kafeero said.
"This training was [intended] to build on the capacity of those who are already trained in the same field and advance their skills further," he added.
According to the police school commandant, the training comes within the context of a recent memo of understanding signed between the Uganda and Turkish police forces.
"The training is under the framework of counter-terrorism, but particularly on crisis response," Kafeero explained.
Uganda's police apparatus is comprised of 37,400 officers in five separate divisions: the general police, the traffic police, a field force unit, a marine unit and a counter- terrorism unit.
With terrorism as a major challenge, Uganda has increasingly invested in training them.
Additional training has also been carried out with support from Iran, Ireland, North Korea, the U.S., Britain, Rwanda, South Africa, Egypt, Tanzania and Israel.Güncelleme Tarihi: 24 Ekim 2014, 15:17