Senegal cuts ties with Iran over weapons shipment

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
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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