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West African leaders seek ban on burqa to prevent terror attacks

West African leaders seek ban on burqa to prevent terror attacks

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Following an increase in the number of female suicide bombers in Nigeria, West Africa is seeking to ban the burqa – the traditional dress worn by Muslim women.

At the latest meeting of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) the leaders expressed concern over how the burqa is being used as a safe disguise to escape authorities.

Measures have to be put in place that would forbid this kind of dress that does not allow security personnel to be sure of their identities

Each country of ECOWAS is invited to act in light of its national conditions, states the final communiqué of the summit.

Niger, a predominantly Muslim country and also affected by terrorist attacks had adopted the measure in July in the Diffa region.

In Central Africa, Congo was the first country to ban the wearing of the full veil. It was later followed by Chad and Cameroon.