Somalian soldiers graduate after training by British troops 200320 CREDIT BRITISH EMBASSY MOGADISHU
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British Personnel Complete Training Of 400 Somali Soldiers

The training by the British personnel was carried out over 12 months.

Somalian soldiers graduate after training by British troops 200320 CREDIT BRITISH EMBASSY MOGADISHU

British military personnel have completed the training of more than 400 Somali soldiers.

Troops from the Somali National Army's (SNA) 1st Battalion, 8th Brigade, graduated from infantry training at a UK-supported training facility in Baidoa, south-west Somalia.

The British Embassy in Mogadishu said the troops are expected to work alongside African Union forces in the fight against the al-Shabaab terror group. 

The training by the British personnel was carried out over 12 months.

The Somali soldiers were taught a range of skills, including offensive and defensive operations, combat first aid and the law of armed conflict. 

A graduation ceremony marked the end of the training period.

During the celebrations, the UK handed over a military barrack which will house 450 Somali soldiers and act as 8th Brigade's headquarters in South West State. 

Commander of British Forces in Somalia, Colonel Tony Casey, said: "We are excited that the new trainees will move to a new UK supported military barracks.

"The UK also handed over vehicles, uniforms and equipment to support SNA to operate in the most effective manner."

Cover image: (Picture: British Embassy Mogadishu).