SUICIDE BOMBER AND GUNMEN ATTACK VILLAGE IN CAMEROON

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On 8 January, an attack attributed to the terrorist organisation, Boko Haram, killed at least 12 people in the northern Cameroonian village of Mozogo. Boko Haram fighters reportedly raided the village, firing sporadically, forcing many residents to flee into a park where a suicide bomber in their midst detonated an explosive device. Sources could not…

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AL-SHABAAB INCREASES ATTACKS IN SOMALIA IN LEAD-UP TO 2021 ELECTIONS

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The Islamist fundamentalist group al-Shabaab claimed an attack that killed at least eight people on Friday 27 November in the Somali capital of Mogadishu. The group bombed a popular ice-cream shop that is frequented by tourists and government officials, claiming the attack was “successful and well-executed.” That bombing was followed by another on Saturday 28…

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TERROR ATTACKS IN FRANCE AND MACRON’S PLAN TO COMBAT ‘ISLAMIC SEPARATISM’

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By Donnelly McCleland French President Emmanuel Macron has said he can understand why Muslims were shocked by controversial cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad. But, in an interview with broadcaster Al Jazeera, he said he could never accept the issue justified violence. It comes after Thursday’s deadly knife attack on a church in Nice, the third…

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REGIONAL LEADERS CALL FOR ‘ACTION PLAN’ ON MOZAMBIQUE INSURGENCY

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On Monday 17 August, Southern African leaders pledged their commitment to supporting Mozambique’s government in its fight against the insurgency in Cabo Delgado province, however, they did not specify any details of what practical or military support they would give. The Islamist group Ahlu Sunna Wal Jama or Ansar al-Sunna (meaning ‘supporters of tradition’), which…

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KABUL BLAST: TALIBAN ATTACK KILLS AT LEAST 10 IN AFGHAN CAPITAL

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1 JULY 2019 (SOURCE: ALJAZEERA) – The Taliban has claimed responsibility for a powerful explosion and a follow up attack in Kabul’s downtown area near the ministry of defence that has killed at least 10 people and sent dozens to the hospital. The bomb went off during morning rush hour in the capital when the streets were…

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EGYPTIAN BUS BLAST INJURES TOURISTS

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By Mike Burnard At least 16 people were injured in a blast targeting a bus near Egypt’s Giza pyramids on Sunday 19 May, security sources said.  There were no initial reports of deaths. Photographs posted to social media showed some people walking away from a bus whose side windows had been blown out. Ahram Online,…

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SRI LANKA TERROR ATTACKS AND THEIR AFTERMATH

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By Donnelly McCleland Sri Lankan police raided the headquarters of a hard-line Islamist group founded by the suspected ringleader behind the Easter suicide bombings of churches and hotels, a Reuters witness said, as Sunday mass [on 28 April] was cancelled due to fears of further attacks. Armed police in the town of Kattankudy searched the…

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EASTER TERROR ATTACKS TARGET CHURCHES AND HOTELS IN SRI LANKA

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21 APRIL 2019 (SOURCE: THE DAILY MAIL)  – At least 156 people are dead in an Easter Sunday terrorist attack targeting Christians in Sri Lanka after eight explosions ripped through high-end hotels and churches as suspected suicide bombers blew themselves up. The initial six explosions injured as many as 500 people, including Japanese and British citizens, and…

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KENYA ATTACK DEATH TOLL RISES TO 21; SIEGE OVER

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17 JANUARY 2019 (AL JAZEERA) – Kenyan security forces have killed all five attackers who stormed an upscale Nairobi hotel complex, taking at least 21 lives and causing hundreds to flee, according to authorities. At least 50 people believed to have been in the compound remained unaccounted for on Wednesday, the Kenya Red Cross said, raising…

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EGYPT’S COPTIC CHRISTIANS TARGETED AGAIN BY TERRORISTS

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By Donnelly McCleland Egyptian security forces killed 19 Islamist militants from a cell believed to be responsible for an attack on Christians in Minya province in central Egypt in which seven people died, the interior ministry said on Sunday [4 November]. Security forces killed the suspects in a firefight after a chase in a mountainous…

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