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Nigeria: Over 100 militants drown as they flee strikes

– – Over 100 militants in Nigeria have drowned as they attempted to flee air strikes. The Boko Haram jihadists drowned in a river in northeast Nigeria’s Borno state while fleeing from ground and aerial attacks from Nigerian troops, security sources and residents had said. Reports say the troops aided by air support attacked several villages on the fringes of… Read More
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Mali suspends all new UN peacekeeping missions

– – Mali’s military-led government has announced it is suspending all new troop rotations by U.N. peacekeeping mission MINUSMA temporarily. The announcement on Thursday comes days after Malian forces arrested 49 soldiers from Ivory Coast who had arrived in country for the MINUSMA operations. Mali said the soldiers entered the country without permission, but Ivory Coast said the Malian authorities… Read More
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Burkina Faso: Death toll from jihadist attack rises to 80

– – Authorities in Burkina Faso have said that the number of people who died in Wednesday’s jihadist attack has risen to 80. The deaths occurred when a military convoy escorting civilians in northern Burkina Faso was attacked by militants. Almost 60 of the victims were civilians, according to authorities with others being soldiers and members of a pro-government militia.… Read More
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Niger: Death toll from jihadist attacks rises to 100

– – Some 100 people have now been confirmed dead from the suspected jihadist attacks on two villages in Niger. According to the Prime Minister Brigi Rafini, 70 people were killed in the village of Tchombangou and 30 others in Zaroumdareye – both near Niger’s border with Mali. Analysts say this was one of the deadliest attacks recorded in the country… Read More
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Mali: French aid worker, veteran politician freed by Jihadists

– – Jihadists in Mali have freed a French aid worker, Sophie Pétronin who has been held hostage since 2016. Sophie Pétronin’s family have confirmed her release, and said the 75 year old aid worker – was on her way to the capital, Bamako. Ms Pétronin was abducted by al-Qaeda- linked gunmen in the northern city of Gao where she had… Read More
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Malian officials free hundreds of jailed jihadists

– – Officials in Mali have freed more than 100 jihadists jailed for carrying out violent acts. The prisoners were released in the central region of Niono and in Tessalit in the north. They arrived by plane, according to officials. An unnamed lawmaker in Tessalit, told the AFP that “large numbers of jihadist prisoners” arrived on Sunday. The release according… Read More
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Burkina Faso: Gunmen open fire inside church, kill at least 14

Gunmen in Burkina Faso on Sunday opened fire on worshipers at a church killing at least 14 people. Local media reported that the victims were attending a service at a church in Hantoukoura, in the eastern part of the country. According to a local government statement, many people also sustained injuries in the attack. There are no details of the… Read More
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Mali: U.N. peacekeeper killed, five wounded in two attacks

The U.N. mission (MINUSMA) has said that a U.N. peacekeeper was killed on Sunday at a mine site in Mali. Four others were also wounded when their vehicle hit an explosive device in northern Mali. The troops were patrolling near the village of Aguelhok when the blast occurred. U.N. mission spokesman Olivier Salgado said in a tweet that on Sunday, peacekeepers… Read More
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25 Malian soldiers killed in deadly jihadist attacks

Mali’s government has said that twenty-five of it’s soldiers have been killed in Monday’s deadly attacks carried out by jihadists in central part of the country. 60 more people are reportedly missing following the attack carried out on two army camps. In a statement the government said the death toll is among the highest suffered by Malian forces this year.… Read More
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How a TV program stopped a Ghanaian from joining IS

26-year old Yakubu Imoro as he wants to be called to protect his identity is from Northern Ghana. In 2015, just aged 22 he accepted to join the extremist group, Islamic State in Syria. His recruitment was done online via Facebook just after completing high school and unable to secure a job. Imoro revealed that he was promised an unspecified… Read More