Senegalese authorities ban niqab

Senegalese interior minister claims full-face veil is threat to internal security

Senegalese authorities ban niqab

World Bulletin / News Desk

With the recent surge of Boko Haram attacks, including suicide bombings increasingly carried out by young women, Senegalese authorities have initiated a ban on wearing the niqab, the full-face veil.

Interior Minister Abdoulaye Daouda Diallo said late Tuesday that this was a preventive measure as Senegal was not exempted from potential terrorist attacks, namely from the extremist group Boko Haram.

"The fight against terrorism starts with prevention. The full veil is not a religious matter and does not fit our culture. It is more a question of national security. We are all Muslims," Diallo said. 

In recent months several African governments including Congo, Chad, Cameroon and Guinea have banned the niqab using the fight against terrorism as the main argument for doing so.

Young girls wearing a niqab have carried out numerous suicide attacks in Chad and Cameroon.

Muslims make up around 92 percent of Senegal's population.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 18 Kasım 2015, 10:45