SSB to guard embassy in Yemen

Following a request by the Ministry of External Affairs, a team of 21 Sashastra Seema Bal personnel has been trained to guard the Indian embassy in Yemen. The personnel, who are yet to be sent to Yemen, have been trained in combat and other techniques and will be attached with the embassy officials.

The decision was taken after heightened tension in that country, following civil war and threat from al-Qaeda, official said. In 2011, the Indian government had issued a travel advisory for Indian citizens living in Yemen to leave the country and avoid non-essential travel.

Senior officials said that though they had trained the SSB men, the MEA is yet to clear them for travel. "We had trained a batch of 21 SSB men who were to be sent to Yemen. We had received a request from the MEA regarding this. Till now they have not been sent there," said Chanchal Shekhar, DIG, SSB.

"Besides manning the embassy gates, the SSB jawans will also be deployed to guard the vehicles of the embassy officials whenever they leave premises," said another official.

Officials said though there was no imminent danger to the Indian Embassy building, they were asking for a security cover as a precautionary step. The SSB has also been roped in to provide security at the Indian embassy in Libya.

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