Counterterrorism

Ghana, Togo and Benin on High Alert against Jihadist Threat

An alarming rise in jihadist attacks in Burkina Faso is posing a mounting threat to security in three of its coastal neighbours, according to security sources and analysts. Benin, Ghana and Togo have so far been spared the Islamist violence that has hit their landlocked neighbour since 2015, a fallout from instability in Mali, a …

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African Allies Grapple With Rise in Terrorist Attacks as U.S. Pulls Back 

[…] hundreds of United States commandos and other forces are leaving West Africa – despite an onslaught of attacks from an increasingly deadly matrix of Islamist fighters. The shift has unnerved African commanders in Burkina Faso and neighboring nations in the Sahel, a vast sub-Saharan scrubland increasingly racked by Islamist bombings, massacres, kidnappings and attacks …

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Attack on Nigeria governor’s convoy deadlier than government said: witnesses, security officials- Reuters

ABUJA (Reuters) – Lying in bushes by the side of a road, the security officer played dead and hoped the militants would mistake the blood pooling from a colleague’s body as his own. He did not risk looking up to see what was happening, but he could hear. “We warned you civilians not to take …

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Hundreds Flee Islamist Attacks in Northeast Nigeria to Seek Refuge in Maiduguri

Hundreds of people in northeast Nigeria who fled a town targeted by militants linked with Islamic State have sought refuge in capital of Borno state, Reuters witnesses said on Saturday. An uptick in attacks by Islamists and the resulting upheaval in the region comes in the run up to an election in which President Muhammadu …

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Boko Haram Sacks Two Military Bases in Northeast Nigeria

Boko Haram sacked two military bases in northeast Nigeria overnight as the jihadist fighters battle for control of a strategic town on Lake Chad, military sources said Thursday. Jihadists from the IS-supported Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) overran a naval base and a multinational joint task force (MNJTF) post in the fishing town of …

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“Big picture” platforms boost fight against online terror activity – HSNW

The fight against terrorism-related content and illegal financing online is speeding up thanks to new platforms that join up different internet-scouring technologies to create a comprehensive picture of terrorist activity. The idea is that when an online tool discovers a fragment of information it can be added to a constellation of millions of others – …

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West African Leaders Meet to Tackle Boko Haram Upsurge

Leaders of three West African nations will meet in Chad on Thursday to discuss how to tackle a recent increase in activity by Boko Haram jihadist fighters in the region, the Chadian presidency told AFP. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and Niger’s Mahamadou Issoufou will meet behind closed doors with their Chadian counterpart Idriss Deby for …

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Boko Haram Kidnaps 50 Loggers in Nigeria: Civilian Militia

Boko Haram jihadists abducted around 50 loggers in northeastern Nigerian close to the border with Cameroon, civilian militia and residents told AFP on Thursday. The hostages who were mostly from a camp for people displaced by jihadist violence were on Saturday rounded up by fighters loyal to factional leader Abubakar Shekau while collecting wood “The …

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Boko Haram Attacks Leave 53 Dead in Pre-Election Show of Force

Boko Haram jihadists have killed 53 soldiers and farmers in three days of attacks in northeastern Nigeria, security sources said on Tuesday, in a new show of force ahead of February elections in the West African country. Despite the government’s insistence that Boko Haram is near defeat, the group has recently carried out a string …

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Three Nigerian Soldiers Killed in Boko Haram Attack on Military Base

At least three soldiers were killed and several missing after a Boko Haram attack on a military base in Nigeria’s northeastern Borno state, military and militia sources told AFP on Thursday. Boko Haram fighters believed to be from the IS-affiliated Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) late Wednesday attacked the base in the town of …

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