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Britain will focus G-8 on terror threat: Cameron

Published on Jan 22, 2013 12:21 AM

LONDON (AFP) - Britain will use its chairmanship of the Group of Eight (G-8) richest nations to focus on the threat of terrorism following developments in Algeria and Mali, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Monday.

Mr Cameron said the "evolving" threat from Al-Qaeda and other jihadists in north Africa required an urgent response, and now outweighed that from previous Islamist hotbeds in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

"I will use our chairmanship of the G-8 this year to make sure this issue of terrorism and how we respond to it is right at the top of the agenda where it belongs," he said in a statement to Parliament on the Algeria hostage crisis.

Britain will contribute intelligence and counter-terrorism assets to an "international effort to find and dismantle the network that planned and ordered the brutal assault" on the In Amenas gas field in Algeria, he said.

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