Senegal builds military camp near Mali boundary to deal with 'cross-border threats'

Coalition of the People of Azawad (CPA) fighters are seen holding weapons while sitting on a Land Cruise, while patrolling the area near the Mali-Mauritania border to protect local populations.
Coalition of the People of Azawad (CPA) fighters are seen holding weapons while sitting on a Land Cruise, while patrolling the area near the Mali-Mauritania border to protect local populations.
PHOTO: Souleymane Ag Anara, AFP
  • Senegal started construction on a military camp at Goudiry, near its border with Mali to address "cross-border threats".
  • Mali is in the grip of an eight-year jihadist insurgency that has spread into neighbouring countries.
  • Army officials say other than the threat of jihadism, the eastern border zone with Mali is "rife" with criminals and drug trafficking.


Dakar – Senegal on Tuesday began building a military camp near its border with violence-torn Mali to address "cross-border threats (and) trafficking", the defence ministry said.

The camp is being constructed at Goudiry in the east of the country, nearly 600km from the capital Dakar.

Neither the ministry nor the army gave details of troop numbers or the kind of equipment that the base would house.

Mali is in the grip of an eight-year jihadist insurgency that has spread into neighbouring Niger and Burkina Faso, claiming thousands of lives and driving hundreds of thousands from their homes.

Senegal has so far been untouched, but it has stepped up security and contributed troops to the UN peacekeeping force in Mali, and its courts have handed out several sentences in recent years for "terrorism".

Barracks housing gendarmes – a police force under the control of the military – have also been built in Senegal's north and east.

The ceremonial first stone of the camp in Goudiry was laid by armed forces minister Sidiki Kaba, flanked by army chief General Birame Diop, the military told AFP.

The ministry said in a statement the authorities planned to "intensify the territorial network" of the security forces "to adapt to changes in the regional strategic context and heighten the response to the public's need in terms of security".

Other than the threat of jihadism, the eastern border zone with Mali is "rife" with criminals and drug trafficking, an army official said.


Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
Do you know what your baby's name means?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
No, we just chose one we loved
43% - 963 votes
Yes, we researched the meaning carefully
41% - 913 votes
Yes, it's a traditional family name
17% - 377 votes
Vote
ZAR/USD
17.63
(-0.14)
ZAR/GBP
23.01
(-0.05)
ZAR/EUR
20.78
(-0.04)
ZAR/AUD
12.62
(-0.03)
ZAR/JPY
0.17
(-0.02)
Gold
2034.21
(+0.05)
Silver
28.28
(+0.09)
Platinum
961.50
(+0.38)
Brent Crude
44.55
(-1.53)
Palladium
2166.01
(+0.63)
All Share
56757.73
(-1.56)
Top 40
52435.65
(-1.72)
Financial 15
9897.96
(+0.10)
Industrial 25
74671.49
(-1.98)
Resource 10
58948.78
(-1.89)
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes morningstar logo