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Pirates abduct 6 Russian Sailors off west Africa coast

Six Russian Sailors have been abducted by pirates off the coast of Benin republic, the Russian Embassy in the West African nation said on Saturday. Among those taken hostage was the captain of the vessel, the embassy said, adding that all of the sailors have “vanished.’’ The abductees were Russian nationals. There were

Jihadism entrenches itself in Burkina Faso with bullets and bribes

Patrick Fort Once-bustling markets are hushed, popular bars are shut and tourists no longer venture to local sights in areas threatened by the encroachment of armed Islamist insurgents in eastern and northern Burkina Faso. "Before, in the time of highway robbers, we managed better, but with the jihadists it's really serious," said

How US military is expanding counterterrorism war across Africa

As the Pentagon was reviewing new plans for special operations missions in Africa, reducing overall troop numbers on the continent, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis designated three new named contingency operations. The most recent quarterly report from the Department of Defense Inspector General notes the creation of Operation Yukon Journey, a counterinsurgency operation, and counterterrorism operations in

group accuses AI of plotting to replace boko haram with another sect

The Coalition Against Terrorism and Extremism, CATE, has accused the Amnesty International, AI, of plotting to replace the Boko Haram sect with another deadly terror group. CATE said AI’s penchant for distortion of facts was a deliberate attempt to create an enabling environment for the spawning of terrorism in West Africa. The

Stopping the spread of terror onto West Africa’s coast

Preventing the spillover of violent extremism from the Sahel is better than having to counter it later. By michaël Matongbada    A rising number of attacks by gunmen this year have shaken the eastern part of Burkina Faso, increasing insecurity in the area. Although no group has claimed responsibility, the attackers are believed

New Ebola virus found in Sierra Leone

A new Ebola virus has been found in bats in Sierra Leone, two years after the end of an outbreak that killed over 11 000 across West Africa, the government said on Thursday. It is not yet known whether the new Bombali species of the virus - which researchers say could

Senegal convicts 13 suspected Boko haram fighters

Senegal's criminal court sentenced 13 people to prison for attempting to establish a homegrown cell modelled after Boko Haram in the West Africa country. One of those jailed by the Dakar court on Thursday was Makhtar Diokhane, described as the ringleader of the group. He was handed a 20-year prison term. "The court was

Using the justice system to counter terrorism in West Africa

By Romi Sigsworth   West Africa shows the challenges of shifting from military strategies to human rights and justice based responses. Global policy says states should deal with terrorism in their own courts, through fair criminal justice processes. In practice however, military and security strategies have been the norm worldwide over the past