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Jihadists have recruited heavily from Fulani pastoralists across West Africa —Report

•The crisis may engulf coastal West Africa —Burkina Faso’s Foreign Minister •10 million people in Lake Chad area need urgent help —UN There are fears that the current security problems wracking the country could become worsened soon with reports that jihadists across the West African region are recruiting heavily from aggrieved

Jihadists: ‘It’s no longer just the Sahel, it’s coastal West Africa’

•The civilian fallout from the Sahel’s spreading militancy Editor's Note: This article is part of the The New Humanitarian special report and in-depth coverage of the-sahel-in-flames. A surge in violence across West Africa’s Sahel has displaced hundreds of thousands of people and left thousands dead since January, as Islamist militants with links to

In-Depth: The Sahel in flames

Editor's Note: For 10 months The New Humanitarian has been on the ground reporting as a surge in violence rips through West Africa. Here’s what they found. In March, after months of bitter fighting in the Syrian town of Baghouz, the so-called Islamic State group relinquished its last shred of territory

Don’t take our troops for granted, France warns West African states fighting Islamists

John Irish   The West African states fighting Islamist militancy in the region should not take France’s military presence for granted because Paris will not be there forever, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Tuesday. The Sahel region is suffering from a spike of violence from militant groups linked to al Qaeda

Jihadists kill priest, worshippers in Burkina Faso church

Jude Johnson A group of Islamists have killed several worshippers in Burkina Faso during a Catholic Church service. It is the second attack by the Jihadists on Christians in the West African nation in two weeks. Gunmen killed at least six Christians in a Catholic Church in the Burkinabe town of

Four dead in suspected Boko Haram attack in Cameroon

Jude Johnson The Jihadists from Nigeria's Boko Haram killed at least four people and badly wounded four others in an attack on Kofia, a Cameroonian island on Lake Chad, an official source told AFP on Sunday. The attackers also destroyed part of a military post and vandalised shops in the attack

2,000 Nigerians flee village as Army prepares Boko Haram offensive

Some 2,000 people have reportedly been forced to flee to the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri ahead of a major offensive against Boko Haram, emergency services and residents told AFP on Tuesday. Nigerian troops herded residents of Jakana village into trucks and ferried them 40 kilometres (25 miles) to a displacement

Mali sacks senior military Chiefs, dissolves militia after massacre

Mali’s government on Sunday announced the sacking of senior military officers and the dissolution of a militia, a day after the massacre of more than 130 Muslims, including women and children. Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga said new military chiefs would be named, and that the Dan Nan Ambassagou association, composed

Boko Baram raids military posts in northeast Nigeria

Godsgift Onyedinefu with agency report The Boko Haram jihadists have raided at least three military posts and overpowered troops in the latest attacks in northeast Nigeria, sources said Wednesday. Fighters from the IS-affiliated Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) overran the posts in Borno state on Tuesday, military and militia sources

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