This commission, in charge of developing a comprehensive approach of fight against the transnational threat of terrorism and violent extremism in Africa, is preparing to launch an initiative to support the member States to elaborate a “harmonious approach” to address the threat of foreign and African terrorists returning to their respective countries, the same source told APS, on the sidelines of the 30th Summit of the African Union Heads of State and Government.
In this regard, the commission “will speed up the process of drawing up the African lists of people, groups and entities involved in terrorist acts,” as mentioned in 2002’s AU Action Plan on the prevention and fight against terrorism.
A comprehensive approach of fight against the cross-border threat of terrorism and violent extremism must include effective measures and actions for socio-economic development throughout the continent, in order to eliminate some underlying conditions which fuel the scourge of terrorism, recommended the source.
The commission in charge of developing a comprehensive approach of fight against cross-border terrorism and extremism underlined that the terrorist groups in Africa, which are mainly motivated by a local agenda, have ties with groups from other regions, citing in this regard “the fusions of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb with other local groups and the proclamation by DAESH its control over some provinces of Libya and Nigeria.”
For PSC’s commission, “DAESH, which has branches in Africa, after being chased out from Iraq and Syria, is seeking to make from the continent its new basis, notably in the Sahel.”
The same source underlined that “several African countries are ill-prepared to face thousands of foreign and African terrorists returning to the continent,” pointing out that they represent a” serious threat to the security.”