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The Genius Dog Breed That Hunted Osama Bin Laden Joins The Elite NSG

29 Oct 2014 | by Neha Manchanda | Posted in: Wag News

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Belgian Malinois, a special breed of military canine is now a part of the country’s elite counter terrorist and counter hijack commando operations force - National Security Guard. Credited to have helped the US Navy SEALS in sniffing out Osama Bin Laden in his hideout in Abbotabad, Pakistan, this breed is one of the most popular and obedient working dogs. 

In order to intensify security and response of dogs, a dozen belgian Malinois were recently trained and inducted as a part of the Black cat Commando squad’s four footed soldiers.

The NSG has inducted the new squad in its operations wing. The K9 squad of this special force, like many across the world, have realised the importance of canines especially in lethal terror operations and have inducted German Shepherds and Labrador Retrievers in the past. With the addition of a Belgian Malinois, the squad hopes to get the extra edge especially in special operations.

A Belgian Malinois is blessed with a heavy snout and a big head which aids in detecting suspect human presence, explosives and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) with a precise correctness. One of the unique feature of this breed is that unlike a German Shepherd or a Labrador Retriever, this dog is intelligent enough to communicate with its team through a nod rather than barking so as not to alert the target. The breed is preferred for infantry patrols and commando operations due to its ability to perform in difficult terrains and harsh climates. In India, a Belgian Malinois was first inducted by the Indo Tibetan Border Police in 2011 for working on special counter - insurgency areas. 

The National Security Guard is the federal counter terror & hijack special operations force of the country which is deployed in situations such as that of Mumbai 2008 where swift, lethal and precision is required to combat the critical situation. The force also has a dedicated K9 unit where handlers have been trained to standby the combat dogs during the commando strikes.

Source: Times of India

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