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Camels Join Police in New Border Patrol Unit in Kenya

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Nairobi,Aug 6 (Prensa Latina) A new police unit has been unveiled to patrol remote sections of the Kenya-Somali border in efforts to combat banditry.

The pioneer camel patrol unit under the Border Patrol Unit of the Administration Police Service will be based in Isiolo County and will involve 50 camels that are currently being trained.

Police statistics show up to 70 police officers have been killed in the last two years in separate attacks by terrorists using Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).

The officers are usually targeted while driving through harsh terrain that makes their vehicles vulnerable to attacks by bandits and terrorists.

The camels will be used to patrol parts of North Eastern region as well as areas prone to cattle rustling. The concept has been borrowed from India, Australia and New Zealand, where thousands of camels are deployed to police borders.

The unit will join other animal units in the police service, including dog and horse units.