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UN opens counterterrorism office in Nairobi

UN opens counterterrorism office in Nairobi

By Justus Karanja

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matinag’i (2nd left) presided over the opening of United Nations Office of Counterterrorism in Nairobi.

Matiang’i said the region will benefit from targeted and cost-effective support in curbing violent extremist ideologies.

“Terrorism is a global challenge, the UN is timely in fostering collaboration among member states, civil society and organisations within the region to improve investigative and preventive strategies,” he said.

The new United Nations Office of Counterterrorism (UNOCT) will boost national, regional and international efforts to combat terrorism.

Matiangi who was a keynote speaker at the launch in the UN complex, Gigiri, hailed the premier regional office as a pragmatic appreciation of Kenya’s strategic location and its history in fighting terror.

The new office will offer East African region member countries collaborations and partnerships in combating the Al-Shabaab and other terror groups in the region.

It will also coordinate the training and capacity-building of security agencies in modern counter-terrorism strategies. 

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