Niger on Wednesday called for Western intervention to eradicate a growing threat from Islamist fighters who have established bases in southern Libya since the 2011 overthrow of Moamer Kadhafi.

“The powers who intervened to overthrow Colonel Kadhafi — after which Libya became the main sanctuary for terrorists — need to provide an after-sales service,” Niger’s Interior Minister Massoudou Hassoumi told Radio France International.

“It would be totally legitimate for France, (and/or) the United States to intervene to eradicate the terrorist threat in the south of Libya,” Hassoumi added during a visit to Paris. […]