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Terrorism Plagues West Africa: Over 7,000 Killed in Five Months

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Terrorism has continued to plague West Africa, with over 7,000 people killed in the region over the past five months. Violent extremist groups like Boko Haram, ISWAP, and JNIM have carried out a series of deadly attacks targeting civilians, security forces, and government infrastructure across countries like Nigeria, Niger, Burkina Faso, and Mali. The deteriorating security situation has exacerbated humanitarian crises, displaced millions, and undermined economic development in the region. Efforts to counter the terrorist threat have been hampered by political instability, weak governance, and the withdrawal of international forces from some countries. Regional and international cooperation will be crucial to addressing the root causes of extremism and restoring stability in West Africa.

 

Citations:

[1] https://www.cfr.org/global-conflict-tracker/conflict/violent-extremism-sahel

[2] https://amaniafrica-et.org/fight-against-terrorism-and-violent-extremism/

[3] https://www.securitycouncilreport.org/whatsinblue/2024/06/arria-formula-meeting-on-countering-terrorism-in-west-africa-and-the-sahel.php

[4] https://www.nytimes.com/2024/06/07/us/politics/us-terrorism-west-africa.html

[5] https://www.fatf-gafi.org/en/publications/Methodsandtrends/Tf-west-africa.html

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