This is the first such taskforce to be located outside of the United States.

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

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

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FBI and State Department officials and Kenyan police and intelligence officers at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, where the Kenyans will undergo training in preparation for the newly-announced Kenyan Joint Terrorism Task Force. [Courtesy of FBI]

A statement from the spokesman notes that 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.

 “There was a pressing need for a JTTF that could be met through the FBI’s training expertise combined with the State Department Bureau of Counterterrorism’s (CT Bureau) capacity-building efforts.”

The 42 selected Kenyan investigators will receive a 12-week intensive counterterrorism training at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. The FBI will administer the curriculum and provide training with assistance from other agencies, as applicable. FBI and the CT Bureau will collaboratively assess the programme.