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Côte d’Ivoire: International Counter-Terrorism Academy officially open

By Benjamin Roger, in Jacqueville
Posted on Friday, 11 June 2021 16:56

The AILCT puts military students in a terrorist attack situation in Jacqueville, 50 km from Abidjan (here at the evidence collection area). OMAR/JA

On Thursday, 10 June, Côte d'Ivoire's Prime Minister Patrick Achi and France's Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian inaugurated the International Counter-Terrorism Academy, an education and training centre for special forces units.

Several people toil away – sweating in the process – next to a hut and a fake body in the middle of the Ivorian bush. A Toyota Hilux truck is parked nearby with its doors open. The group of students includes a policeman from Chad, a military officer from Burkina Faso and another from Senegal as well as an army major from Ghana.