COUNTERTERRORISM 


Spread of terrorism in Africa: Lamamra expresses Algeria's deep concern

APS - 22 October 2021

ALGIERS- Algeria, which has always been in the vanguard of the fight against terrorism and violent extremism in Africa, expressed its deep concern over the extremely worrying terrorist threat in several regions in Africa, notably the Sahel-Sahara region, the Lake Chad Basin, Central Africa and recently South Africa, affirmed Minister of Foreign Affairs and National Community Abroad Ramtane Lamamra.

In an address at the ministerial meeting of the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) on Friday at the initiative of Algeria, Lamamra said that "the choice of today's theme is all the more important because it is about the escalating terrorist threat and violent extremism in our continent."

After congratulating the Mozambican Minister of Foreign Affairs Veronica Nataniel Macamo Dhlovo, whose country ensures PSC's monthly presidency, Lamamra emphasized Algeria's cooperation and full support.

During the meeting marked by the presentation of a new vision based on a series of proposals aimed to strengthen the collective efforts of the African States and mechanisms of the Pan-African Organization in the fight against terrorism, the Algerian head of diplomacy said that "the African countries are, undoubtedly, the most exposed to this threat (terrorism) which is extending to include new regions, considered as safe regions for a long time."

"From the Sahel-Sahara region which has become the target of unprecedented terrorist attacks, the terrorist expansion affected brotherly countries like Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger, the threat has recently reached the southern region, where the region of central Africa henceforth constitutes a bridge linking the Sahel with North Africa."

With this expansion, added Lamamra, there is another aggravation factor demonstrated through the unprecedented levels of violence and number of terrorist attacks which increased by 10% in the first half of this year compared to previous years.

The relation between terrorism, violent extremism and cross-border organized crime continue to grow in Africa, said Lamamra, ensuring, thereby, to the terrorist groups new funding sources, notably abduction against ransoms, human trafficking, smuggling, illicit gold mining, hacking, counterfeiting of currency and others, he added.

In this regard, Lamamra underlined the initiative of President of the Republic Abdelmadjid Tebboune who presented a new vision through a series of proposals aimed to strengthen the collective efforts of the African countries and mechanisms of the continental organization in the fight against terrorism.