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West Africa leaders seek to ban full-face veil to prevent attacks

AFP , Thursday 17 Dec 2015
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A woman wearing a full-face veil. (Photo: Reuters)
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West African leaders said Thursday they were seeking to "forbid" women wearing full-face veils in an effort to quell the growing number of female suicide bombers.

The president of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission, Kadre Desire Ouedraogo, told reporters at the close of a two-day summit in Abuja that leaders must take "measures that would forbid this kind of dress that will not allow security personnel to be sure of their identities."

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