Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade is calling on his neighbours to co-ordinate the fight against al-Qaeda’s North African branch, saying their activities are taking on “new and disturbing” forms.
Wade’s was speaking at the African Union’s 14th heads of state summit in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. “We must organise a round table with neighbouring countries to resolve the issue” of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), Wade said on the sidelines of the summit.
“This desert terrorism is taking new and very disturbing forms… But countries like Senegal, or Mali, can do nothing on their own. It is an international problem. Western powers will have to intervene too,” he said, but did not elaborate.
The North African branch of Osama bin Laden’s terror network has threatened to execute a French hostage kidnapped in Mali in November, the French news agency AFP adds. The group is also holding five other European hostages in the region.