UN peacekeeping: A team of all-female Egyptian police officers tackles the threat of IED attacks in Mali

For the first time in the history of UN peacekeeping, an all-female Egyptian team within the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) is playing a crucial role in saving lives by detecting and defusing improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

According to MINUSMA, the Egyptian Women’s Team for the Detection and Neutralization of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) was formed as one of three teams of its kind established by the Mission’s formed Egyptian police unit, during its deployment in the Douentza region, Mali, in 2017.

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