Interpol regional conference on terrorism and organised crime in Kigali

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Rwandan Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente told an Interpol African regional conference that terrorism and the threat of organised crime undermined continental development and violated human rights.

The conference in Kigali took place only weeks after a terrorist attack in Nairobi in which 21 people were killed.

An Interpol incident response team went to Kenya to provide on-site support. This covered aspects including criminal intelligence analysis, digital forensics and weapons.

Interpol secretary-general Jürgen Stock said the conference was a way of strengthening regional and international police co-operation to better serve Africa’s security needs.

“There is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to policing, but there is the common factor of information exchange.

“Africa, like every region in the world, faces complex terrorism and organised crime threats so making sure police on the ground have access to data when and where they need it is critical.

“The momentum of terrorist-related data sharing across Africa via Interpol is unprecedented and we will build on the successes of recent operations targeting human and drug trafficking,” Stock said.

Recent Interpol co-ordinated operations in Africa include Usalama IV, targeting criminal routes across Eastern and Southern Africa and resulted in the arrest of two most wanted wildlife criminals; in West Africa, Operation Epervier saw hundreds of trafficking victims rescued; Thunderstorm, against illegal wildlife trade out of Southern Africa, saw hundreds of seizures worldwide; Operation Trigger III – tracking weapons trafficking in the Sahel and North Africa; and Operation Lionfish Mihdarati, curbing drug trafficking through African ports of entry.