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The Republican Guard is a military unit tasked with protecting the Prime Minister, First Lady, Deputy Prime Minister, the President, the Ethiopian Ministers, Generals in the Ethiopian Armed forces which include Airforce, Army, and Navy. The RG (Republican Guards) were formed after the bomb attack in Meskel Squared, Addis Ababa in June 23, 2018 which caused the death of two people. The Prime Minister was far from the attack and later FBI agents from the U.S were invited to investigate this foreign case. Later the FBI couldn’t find the root of the bomb attack and left for the U.S with no avail. The Prime Minister created the Republican Guard on December 23, 2018 after 7 months after the suspects in the attack were charged with terrorism. Even if the Guard are a military unit in the Ethiopian National Defense Force they are under the Office of The Prime Minister.
Unit’s And There Task’s For Protectees
There are 4 main units inside the RG, Republican Guard: These units consist of these groups
No. 1 armed personal officers with the protectee
The Officers who are with the protectee are armed and do not wear any military or law enforcement tags or uniform they are the last line of defense for the protectee if any physical attack is threatening the Prime Minister, President or other high level protectee. They are usually armed with hidden guns and pistols in there suits, and some also have Israeli Tavor-21 AR Rifles.
No. 2 Counter Military Unit
The counter Military unit as describable by name are uniformed military RG law enforcement which protect high level Protectees while wearing body armor and are equipped with high powered snipers, and assaults rifles as Tavor-21 and the M-4. And Snipers that can destroy bullet proof glass and armor.
No. 3 Military uniformed Republican Guard Special Force protecting strategic locations
There is another military uniformed republican guard unit which is almost the same as the Counter Military unit but they do not protect people but high risk and strategic areas in the country as the Grand Renascence Dam, Headquarters of Military importance and other strategic places inside of the country.
No. 4 Republican Guard Military Police
The Republican Guard Military Police are a military police inside the republican guard. They are the last option to fight of terrorists if the local or federal authorities could not accomplish their tasks and duties against the armed terrorists or militant forces against the government.
The Republican Guards used to train out of the country for 6 months but later inside the country for some time period . They must be able to use pistol AR-Rifles and snipers physically be fit, and quick in reaction compared to other law enforcement agencies in the country.
The Republican Guard students must graduate The National Intelligence and Security University College, which is administrated by NISS. This University which is operated by the National Intelligence and Security Service is meant to train them in their disciplinary duties, after they finish and complete their physical trainings in Ethiopia.