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News   January 4, 2008   by Auto Service World

Terror Threats Cancel Dakar


Due to increased terrorist threats, the organizers of the 2008 Dakar Rally have cancelled the storied event.
According to the organisers, the decision was made after different exchanges with the French government – in particular the Ministry for Foreign Affairs – and based on their firm recommendations.
The rally was to take place from the 5th to the 20th of January between Lisbon and Senegal’s capital.
According the the A.S.O, the decision was “based on the current international political tension and the murder of four French tourists on the 24th of December linked to a branch of Al-Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb, but also and mainly the direct threats launched directly against the race by terrorist organisations.”
“A.S.O.’s first responsibility is to guarantee the safety of all: that of the populations in the countries visited, of the amateur and professional competitors, of the technical assistance personnel, of the journalists, partners and rally collaborators.”
The organization went on to affirm that all efforts will be made to hold the event again in 2009.


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