UN opens office for counter-terrorism and training in Africa
RABAT, Morocco (AP) – Morocco and the United Nations on Thursday inaugurated a United Nations counterterrorism and training office in Africa, which is experiencing an increase in extremist violence.
Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita has warned of terrorist threats raging in parts of the continent.
“(Africa) is not only the new home for foreign terrorist fighters, but it has also become a homeland for terrorists who perpetuated just 7,108 attacks last year that claimed 12,519 victims,” Bourita said.
He said the new office in Rabat will seek to “unite our efforts to deal with the complex and evolving terrorist threat”.
Vladimir Voronkov, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Office, said the office “will enable the United Nations to strengthen the capacities of African countries, especially in West Africa and the Sahel, where terrorist groups threaten stability and peace “.
Voronkov spoke by video conference.
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