Algeria, Niger step up border security
Algiers - The state news agency says Algeria and Niger will launch joint border patrols and boost intelligence-sharing to better fight terror groups and arms trafficking in their vast border desert region.
APS news agency quotes Algerian Interior Minister Dahou Ould Kablia as saying instability in neighbouring Libya has led to increased weapons trafficking in the Sahel desert zone where an al-Qaeda affiliate is active.
At a bilateral security conference Sunday, Niger's Interior Minister Abdou Labo called for better security along the countries' 900km border.
Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb - said to be active in a vast area spanning Algeria, Niger, Mauritania and Mali - has claimed responsibility for a string of recent kidnappings in the area.