Terrorism & Insurgency

Senegal intensifies security in capital amid increased risk of attack by Al-Qaeda-linked groups on Western targets

29 March 2016


Senegalese authorities have stepped up anti-terrorism measures in the capital, Dakar, in the wake of an attack on Ivorian beach resort Grand Bassam on 13 March that killed 19 people.

The ability of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) to strike so far from previous targets in the Sahel has prompted Senegalese security forces to reinforce contingents of armed police at major hotels. Gendarmes are also increasing stop-and-search operations on principal roads in Dakar, while specially trained units have been deployed to sensitive areas.

Interior Minister Abdoulaye Diallo joined counterparts from Côte d'Ivoire, Burkina Faso, and Mali in the Ivorian capital, Abidjan, on 23-24 March to discuss ways to improve regional co-operation and intelligence sharing to combat terrorism.

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