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Migration Tops Agenda of Idriss Deby’s Visit in Germany

Chad president Idriss Deby on Wednesday urged the European Union to seek a deal with countries across Africa’s desert Sahel region if it wants to curb the influx of migrants. “We can only resolve the issue if we involve the G5 frontline states –Chad, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Mali and Niger– not through country by country […]

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Ethiopia: Stampede Kills Dozens as Police Fires Teargas

Several people have been reportedly killed and many injured this weekend during a stampede as police dispersed a crowd at an annual cultural festival of the Oromo people, the nation’s largest ethnic group. Among the thousands of festival participants, a number of them marched chanting anti-government slogans with their arms crossed above their heads. Police […]

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Malian Jihadist Ahmad al Faqi al Mahdi Begs for Forgiveness at ICC

Islamist militant Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi on Monday pleaded guilty at the International Criminal Court and expressed “deep regret” for destroying historic mausoleums and cultural sites in the Malian desert city of Timbuktu. Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi has allegedly been head of the Hesbah – or what some call the “manners’ brigade” – which enforced strict Islamist […]

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Chadian President Meets Hollande over Regional Security

Visiting Chadian president Idriss Deby Itno discussed with French president Francois Hollande at the Elysee Palace over the weekend the fight against Boko Haram and the Lake Chad region’s security. According to the French presidency, “the two leaders discussed the fight against Boko Haram and current operations by the Joint Multinational Force, which includes the […]

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Côte d’Ivoire: Two Soldiers Allegedly al-Qaeda Sympathizers Arrested

Ivorian authorities Thursday announced the arrest of two soldiers accused of failing to denounce suspects in the Grand Bassam March attack claimed by al-Qaeda. Authorities have not named the soldiers but indicated that they did not take part in the attack. “The two soldiers knew certain members of the unit that attacked the beach in […]

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West-Africa needs a joint multinational force – Niger president

Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou said recent terrorist attacks in west-Africa means more effort is necessary to combat terrorism in the region. The Nigerien President made the statement on Monday during a five nation Council Conference known in French as “Conseil de L’Entente,” which brought together heads of state from Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Benin and […]

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Somalia Sentences 43 Terrorists to Death

A court in Somalia has sentenced 43 al-Shabaab militants to death this weekend, local media reported. The prosecutor of the court in northern Somalian town of Garow said the militants who were arrested during the heavy clashes in Puntland early this year have been in prison for the past three months. They [the militants] were […]

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Benin Faces Terrorist Threat, Security Measures Reinforced

Benin’s army on Wednesday disclosed that the West African nation faces a terrorist threat and has reinforced security measures. “Following a new alert of a terrorist threat, I ask all forces of law and order in Benin to strengthen security on different areas being threatened and to be more vigilant during border checks,” an internal […]

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Somalia: 110 al-Shabaab Militants killed in Raids

The African Union AMISOM troops in Somalia have killed 110 militants of al Shabaab Islamist group in the early hours of Thursday. “AMISOM forces killed 110 al Shabaab and captured a large cache of weapons,” AMISOM spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Joe Kibet told reporters. The Al-Qaeda linked militants attacked the base in Halgan in Hiran region, […]

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Somalia: MPs among 15 Killed in al-Shabaab Raid

Gunmen have stormed a hotel in the center of the Somali capital Mogadishu on Wednesday evening, killing at least 2 MPs and 13 other people. Al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Shabaab quickly claimed responsibility for the attacks – claiming to have killed 20 people. Police Officer Major Ibrahim Hassan was quoted by Reuters as saying that “Lawmakers Mohamud Mohamed […]

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