Terrorism

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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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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Boko Haram War not Politicized, Army got stuck in Politics, or Nigeria Army become politicians

It is patriotic of every citizen to support and encourage our military in the trouble time. Also, one of the patriotic obligations is to hold our military leaders accountable and call for transparency, diligence and high-level commitment in a turbulent period. It is a common practice in all democratic setting for citizens to ask questions …

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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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Deaths from terrorism fell for the third consecutive year, after peaking in 2014 – HSNW

The Global Terrorism Index 2018, just released by the Institute for Economic & Peace (IEP), shows the total number of deaths decreased by 27 percent in 2017, with the largest falls occurring in Iraq and Syria. A drop in fatalities was also reflected in country scores with 94 countries improving, compared to 46 that deteriorated. Alongside the …

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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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Hundreds Displaced as Boko Haram Attacks Borno Village Again

The Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA), a faction of Boko Haram sect, attacked Gudumbali, Guzamala local government area of Borno state, on Tuesday. It is the second time in three months that the village will come under attack. The insurgents moved on the village around 7pm and engaged in a gun battle with troops …

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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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