( OSCE ) - Helping law enforcement bodies in Kyrgyzstan prepare to handle the aftermath of a terrorist attack was the focus of an OSCE-organized training course that ended today in Osh.
The five-day course, which focused on "Post Blast Crime Scene Investigation", was conducted by the OSCE Centre in Bishkek and its Osh Field Office with the support of the French Government.
"This exercise is a timely response to an increasing need from the side of law enforcement bodies to co-operate as they respond to acts of terrorism," said Ambassador Markus Mueller, Head of the OSCE Centre in Bishkek.
Two French blast scene investigation experts taught the course, which gathered 25 Kyrgyz anti-terrorism specialists. The training focused on the management of crisis situations following terrorist attacks, as well as on investigation techniques.
The Deputy Interior Minister in charge southern Kyrgyzstan, Colonel Rasul Raimberdiev, said the OSCE Centre played a leading role in helping the country improve its readiness for a potential terrorist attack.
"This training course was very useful and will help us to address threats," he said. "Sessions on investigation and identification work have been particularly useful."
Police officers from five Kyrgyz provinces took part in the course.