“The growing strength of terrorist groups goes further to show that terrorism should be fought everywhere with full commitment by the international community,” the minister said when he spoke during the launch of an Action Plan Against Terrorism (PACT) in Dakar.
The PACT project, funded to the tune of 460 million CFA Francs (766,000 U.S. dollars) by France’s foreign ministry, aims to reinforce capacities of Senegal’s police force as well as that of judges involved in the fight against terrorism.
Diallo said the particularity of terrorist threats essentially resides in the numerous conflicts witnessed across the African continent.
“Terrorist and criminal groups take advantage of these conflicts to recruit members. We should therefore continue to fight against the deeper causes of instability by promoting the rule of law, education and training as well as employment of youths to give them hope and prevent them from joining violent groups,” Diallo said.
Senegal has already set up “a homeland security operation center” to counter any eventual terrorist attack.
Since January, the Senegalese media has been reporting on terrorist threats targeting Senegal and Cote d’Ivoire, citing intelligence reports from France and the U.S. Enditem