Europe South Asia Asia Pacific Americas Middle East Africa BBC Homepage World Service Education
BBC Homepagelow graphics version | feedback | help
BBC News Online
 You are in: World: Africa
Front Page 
World 
Africa 
Americas 
Asia-Pacific 
Europe 
Middle East 
South Asia 
-----------
From Our Own Correspondent 
-----------
Letter From America 
UK 
UK Politics 
Business 
Sci/Tech 
Health 
Education 
Sport 
Entertainment 
Talking Point 
In Depth 
AudioVideo 
Tuesday, 11 January, 2000, 14:12 GMT
Terrorist threat on Paris-Dakar rally

Organisers of the annual Dakar motor rally have cancelled a stage of the race through Niger because of what's been described as a terrorist threat.

The warning came from the French foreign ministry, which had apparently been alerted by the United States.

The BBC correspondent in Paris says there's no indication of the source of the threat, though it is known to originate outside Niger.

The rally organisers are now considering airlifting the four-hundred drivers on to the next stage so as to avoid the area.

The rally ,which began in January in Senegal and is due to end in Cairo, had already been re-routed to avoid Mauritania, where a gang last year robbed fifty-two competitors at gunpoint. As the gang drove away with eight vehicles, money and other valuables, their leader waved, shouting "See you next year!"

From the newsroom of the BBC World Service

Search BBC News Online

Advanced search options
Launch console
BBC RADIO NEWS
BBC ONE TV NEWS
WORLD NEWS SUMMARY
PROGRAMMES GUIDE
Africa Contents

Country profiles
Links to other Africa stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Africa stories