05 Sep 2018

Nigerian military death toll hits 48 in weekend attack by Boko Haram

Underscoring the ongoing lethality of the group even against traditional military targets, Boko Haram attacked and overran a military base in northeastern Nigeria, killing at least 48 Nigerian soldiers. The Nigerian government has repeatedly claimed the “defeat” of the group. The militants suffered unknown losses as they overtook and then

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17 Aug 2018

UN report: How Boko Haram is funded

A recent UN report has published sources of funding for the West African terrorist group Boko Haram. The area’s cash economy has allowed the group to finance its operations through extortion, charitable donations, smuggling, remittances, and kidnapping, allowing the group to continue their insurgency in Northern Nigeria and beyond. The

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25 Jun 2018

Locally-made firearms widespread in Nigeria

Local firearms producers using local blacksmithing capabilities are producing a wide variety of weaponry in the country, ranging from simple shotguns and muzzle loaders to assault rifles and sub-machine guns. These locally-produced weapons are used in up to 69% of all firearms-related crimes in some states. Research by the Small

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22 Jun 2018

Why the Sahara is terror’s new front line

From West to East, the massive desert has formed a vast battlefield between militants, populations, national governments, and foreign powers. This picture-heavy BBC publication on the situation highlights the actors and the complex situational landscape that has become a growing priority for the U.S. and its supporters in the war

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14 Oct 2013

Boko Haram: Anatomy of a Crisis

During recent years the phenomenon of Boko Haram has dominated 7 policy debates among academics and policymakers interested in Nigerian and African politics. Yet, many issues about the sect remain unclear and contested. The exact reasons triggering radicalization, the methods of recruitment, the profiles of its members, its affiliation with

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11 Feb 2013

West Africa: Terrorism’s New Front Yard

Introduction There is a new front in the global fight against terrorism and terrorists. Ethnic, religious, and political tensions in West Africa, simmering for the past few years, have boiled over into widespread violence and coordinated military efforts throughout the region. A recent attack at an oil facility in Algeria

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17 Nov 2012

Boko Haram: A Threat to Nigeria and Beyond

Al-Qaeda, Hamas, Al-Shabaab, Hezbollah, the Haqqani network, and the Taliban are all infamous names to the Western world. These organizations, however, are but a handful of the many dozens of organizations with the official US designation of “Foreign Terrorist Organizations.” Each organization has its country or region of operations and

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25 Jun 2012

Yobe Prison Attack – Four Killed As Gunmen Free 40 Inmates

“No fewer than four security guards were killed in the early hours of yesterday in Damaturu, Yobe State, when gunmen using explosives attacked a prison and freed about 40 inmates. One prisoner was also killed in the attack.” Source: allAfrica.com: Nigeria: Yobe Prison Attack – Four Killed As Gunmen Free

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14 May 2012

Gunmen Sack Police Station, Steal Arms, Attack Banks

“For some residents, Edo State, at the weekend, became a theatre of war. Some gunmen struck at a police station. There were conflicting accounts on the gunmen’s encounter with the police. While one account had it that the policemen, unable to withstand the gunmen’s firepower, took to their heels, the

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20 Feb 2012

30 killed in attack on Nigeria market: medic, witness

” Suspected Nigerian Islamists opened fire and set off bombs at a market in the northeastern city of Maiduguri on Monday, killing at least 30 people, a medic and a witness said. Gunmen believed to be members of the Islamist sect Boko Haram stormed the fish section of Baga market

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