Thursday, December 17, 2015

Senegal, a peaceful Islamic democracy, is jarred by fears of extremist groups

By Dionne Searcey

SENEGAL---For years, even as Boko Haram and other radical Islamist groups in West Africa have seized territory and carried out suicide bombings, rapes and kidnappings, Senegal, where more than 90 percent of the population is Muslim, has remained free from violent extremism. But recent events across the world, and now accusations of ties to Boko Haram in Senegal, have put the nation on the defensive. President Macky Sall has spoken of a need to restrict personal freedoms, tighten borders and even ban women from wearing burqas, saying that in Senegal, there was no place for radical Muslims. [link]