FBI, DCI partnership to boost counter-terrorism

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of State have partnered together to assist Kenya in creating the first Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) to be located outside of the United States.

This Kenyan-led JTTF will be a multi-agency counterterrorism investigative force in Nairobi, Kenya.

The initiative to establish a Kenyan Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF-K) began after the al-Shabaab terrorist attack on the DusitD2 Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya, on January 16, 2019.

“The FBI is proud to have the opportunity to work with our Kenyan law enforcement partners on this initiative,” said Assistant Director of the International Operations Division Charles Spencer.

“The first Kenyan JTTF will allow for a sharing of experience, knowledge, and capabilities that will enhance our shared commitment to countering terrorism around the world.”

Kenyan police and intelligence officers pose with FBI and State Department officials during a February 10, 2020 ceremony at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, announcing a new Joint Terrorism Task Force in Kenya—the first such task force to be located outside the U.S.
FBI and State Department officals pose with Kenyan police and intelligence officers at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, where the Kenyan attendees will undergo training in preparation for the newly announced Kenyan Joint Terrorism Task Force.

“For over two decades, the CT Bureau has supported Kenya’s efforts to improve its law enforcement capacity to defend its borders and become a counterterrorism leader in East Africa,” said Ambassador Nathan A. Sales, the coordinator for counterterrorism.

“The JTTF for Kenya will support the interagency approach required to successfully investigate and prosecute terrorists before they conduct attacks. I look forward to this unit standing up and the results that will surely come.”

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