Senegal president condemns 'excessive form of Islam'

DAKAR - Senegal's President Macky Sall has called for a fight against the "excessive form" of Islam which has led to the growth of jihadi groups.

Muslim clerics needed to be trained to promote "tolerant Islam", he added.

Mr Sall, a Muslim, also called for greater intelligence-sharing between governments.

Last week, Senegalese officials said two imams had been charged with money-laundering, and suspected links with militant Islamists.

It is the first such case in Senegal, a mainly Muslim country known for its tolerant version of Islam.

Other West African states - including Nigeria and Mali - are battling militants linked to al-Qaeda or the Islamic State (IS) group.

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