Senegal has temporarily closed its consulates abroad following attacks on diplomatic missions in Bordeaux, Milan, Paris and New York among others.
The foreign affairs ministry said in a statement on Tuesday that the precautionary measure followed “a series of aggressions that caused serious damage”.
It said the consulate in Milan had been particularly hard hit, with passport-making machines and identity cards damaged.
The closures come amid political tensions in Senegal following the sentencing of opposition leader Ousmane Sonko last week to two years in prison which led to deadly protests.
Italian media reported on Monday that about 40 Sonko supporters had gathered outside the consulate with flags and anti-government signs – breaking in and ransacking the offices before the police intervened.
Senegal’s foreign ministry says consulate services will resume “as soon as material and security conditions allow”.