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