By Julian Pecquet - 01/17/13 07:37 PM EST
“The border region with Mali continues to be of specific concern since the Malian government's loss of control over its northern region in early 2012. The border is porous, and there are frequent reports of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and other terrorist or rebel groups crossing into Niger. The Government of Niger has increased its security forces in the border area, but the situation remains unstable and travel there is not advised.”
Separately, Algerian neighbor Morocco said Thursday that it has put its security forces on high alert amid fears that the violence could extend there.