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British soldier instructs next generation of Afghan bomb search experts

July 17, 2012

A British soldier serving in Afghanistan’s Helmand province is teaching the next generation of Afghan military bomb disposal experts.

Explosive device detection training

Staff Sergeant Safiq Hakimi of the Afghan National Army instructs an Afghan soldier in explosive device detection as Corporal Antonio ‘Tony’ Sivo closely observes the lesson. Picture: Sergeant Andy Reddy RLC, Crown Copyright/MOD 2012

Corporal Antonio ‘Tony’ Sivo, of 36 Engineer Regiment, a Fijian who lives in Chatham, Kent, is the only British instructor teaching on the four-week Explosive Hazard Reduction Course in the Nad ‘Ali region of Helmand, with Staff Sergeant Safiq Hakimi of the Afghan National Army assisting him.

Corporal Sivo, serving with the Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Search Task Force, said:

“We teach how to search for explosives, ground sign awareness and the safe handling of explosives for when they are dealing with devices.

“It’ll be down to them when they qualify, and if they carry out their drills and procedures the way they’ve been taught they’ll be saving not only their own lives but also the lives of others.”

Continues at: mod.uk – British soldier instructs next generation of Afghan bomb search experts

2 Comments leave one →
  1. mo3andjo7 permalink
    July 17, 2012 23:32

    ONE MORE STEP TOWARDS PEACE WE HOPE. OUR THOUGHTS ARE WITH ALL EOD TF SOLDIERS IN AFGHANISTAN. SO BRAVE, SO COUREGOUS. GOD BLESS AND KEEP YOU ALL SAFE. FROM THE MO AND JO TEAM – SOMERSET. THANK YOU ‘TONY’

  2. Claudio Alpaca permalink
    July 20, 2012 17:31

    Step by step the Afghan’s forces are be trained to have the possibility to act on all sectors and aspects that Afghan situation require. Your training, buddies, is constructing a military forces able, a day, to display all activities are required to control, patrol and govern a land we hope, a day, a pacific nation. Now insurgents attacks and IEDs are still a reality, tomorrow we wait to say: “It sem impossible a time this nation presented such problems” .
    Honor to your activity, buddies claudio alpaca

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