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India to send armed commandos to guard its embassy in Tripoli

Saturday, 10 November 2012 - 6:43pm IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: PTI
Special squad could be drawn from border guarding force Sashastra Seema Bal and about 50 personnel could be trained for the task.

India has decided to send an armed contingent of its specially-trained commandos to guard the Indian Embassy in violence-hit Libyan capital of Tripoli.

Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde, during his media interaction on Saturday, said a decision in this regard was taken recently and an "armed contingent" drawn from one of the central armed police forces will be deployed to secure the Embassy and the residence of the Ambassador in Tripoli.

Shinde said his ministry has given "in-principle" approval to the proposal mooted by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).

The Indian Embassy in Tripoli is located in the Fashloom Area in Nafleen.

Sources said the special squad could be drawn from border guarding force Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) and about 50 personnel would be trained for the task.

The SSB guards two crucial Indian borders with Nepal and Bhutan.

The North African country has been hit by violence in the wake of the Arab Spring and India has firmed up this decision, it is learnt, in view of the last September terrorist attack on the US consulate in Benghazi that left US Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three others dead.

The personnel, who will be deployed, will be trained in VIP, mobile and static security duties and would also deliver technical support responsibilities for securing the Indian Embassy.

The contingent will also be trained in vehicle driving, unarmed combat and providing proximate security to the officials and staff of the Indian Embassy.




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