Al-Qaeda tries to enter Angola

2004-10-22 12:07

Luanda - People or groups linked to the al-Qaeda terror network are trying to covertly enter the southern African nation of Angola, an official said on radio Thursday, adding that the government was on alert.

The Ecclesia radio station quoted Constantino Vitiaka, head of information at the national intelligence services, as saying that there was "an attempt by elements linked to al-Qaeda to come into Angola, especially through Moslem NGOs."

He said the government was keeping a close watch to see if terrorist groups were being formed, the Roman Catholic radio station reported.

Angola is emerging from a bitter 27-year civil war which ended in April 2002.