2009 Country Reports on Terrorism - Senegal
|Publisher||United States Department of State|
|Publication Date||5 August 2010|
|Cite as||United States Department of State, 2009 Country Reports on Terrorism - Senegal, 5 August 2010, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4c63b62428.html [accessed 31 January 2015]|
The Government of Senegal cooperated with the United States to identify terrorist groups operating in Senegalese territory. Senegal lacked specific counterterrorism legislation and current laws made it difficult to prosecute terrorist suspects. More work remained to be done to develop first responder services, to facilitate the quick sharing of information between agencies, and to control porous borders where police and security services were undermanned and ill-equipped to prevent illicit cross-border trafficking. The Government of Senegal continued to welcome U.S.-assisted efforts to augment its border security. Although al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb did not launch attacks or secure safe haven in Senegal, it continued to be active in the neighboring countries of Mauritania and Mali and attempted to set up transit points and facilitation networks in Senegal. Senegal is a Trans-Sahara Counterterrorism Partnership country.
Senegal participated in regional efforts to combat terrorist finance. One of the first Financial Intelligence Units (FIUs) in the sub-region, Senegal's FIU, known as CENTIF, has been active in sponsoring and holding implementation and awareness workshops on anti-money laundering/terrorist finance issues for its own stakeholders as well as for counterparts from around the sub-region. Senegal is a member of the Intergovernmental Anti-Money Laundering Group in Africa.