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28 September 2012

INTERPOL supports European CBRNE network meeting in Cyprus

NICOSIA, Cyprus – Sharing expertise and best practices on preventing chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives (CBRNE) terrorism was the focus of an INTERPOL-supported meeting in Cyprus.

A cooperative effort between INTERPOL, Europol and the Cyprus Police, the two-day meeting (24 and 25 September) of the European Explosive Ordnance Disposal Network (EEODN) gathered more than 60 explosives specialists, bomb technicians, investigators and CBRNE experts from 27 countries and police agencies.

During the meeting, participants shared expertise and lessons learned during recent attacks involving the use of homemade explosive devices, and exchanged best practices and ways to combat the threat of terrorism that uses CBRNE materials.

INTERPOL’s newly created Chemical and Explosives Terrorism Prevention (ChemEx) unit, which is part of the INTERPOL CBRNE Terrorism Prevention Programme, is supporting the EEODN activities. The ChemEx unit was officially launched this month during the INTERPOL Chemical and Explosives Terrorism Prevention Global Conference in Tallinn, Estonia.

Established in 2008, the EEODN brings together specialists and experts for meetings and training on the threats posed by the illicit use of CBRNE materials.

With CBRNE terrorism a growing threat to global security, the meeting will be followed by a training session on improvised explosive devices in Spain in October.