Senegal cuts ties with Iran over weapons shipment

February 23, 2011 12:51

DAKAR, Senegal — Senegal said it's cutting diplomatic ties with Iran over a seized Iranian weapons shipment.

The West African nation said late Tuesday they believe the weapons seized last year in Nigeria were meant for Gambia-based rebels who have attacked Senegalese soldiers in a disputed border region.

Rebel have waged a low-level insurgency in Casamance since 1983.

Nigerian officials seized the weapons in October in Lagos' busy port. Authorities have said the shipment was bound for Gambia.

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