US eyes West Africa anti-piracy efforts

2013-03-26 22:28
An armed Somali pirate (Picture: AFP)

An armed Somali pirate (Picture: AFP)

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Washington - The US and some of its allies are considering an increase in anti-piracy operations along Africa's west coast.

They are concerned that money from the attacks is funding a Nigerian-based insurgent group that is linked to one of al-Qaeda's most dangerous affiliates.

Senior US defence and counter-piracy officials say they are weighing whether beefed up enforcement efforts that worked against pirates off the Somalia coast might also be needed in the waters off Nigeria.

There has been growing co-ordination between Nigeria-based Boko Haram and al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (Aqim), which was linked to the attack on the US diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, last September that killed four Americans, including the ambassador.

US officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorised to speak publicly about the discussions.

Read more on:    al-qaeda  |  nigeria  |  us  |  west africa

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