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Freedom Front Plus wants to restore safety and security and rebuild the defence force

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...such action.” With regard to farm attacks and murders, the FF+ believes this is a crisis “and the death rate clearly indicates that it is more dangerous to be a...

Democratic Alliance elections manifesto focuses on crime rather than defence

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...in farm attacks and farm murders.” Before presenting its solutions, the DA highlighted that the SAPS suffers from severe capacity constraints as evidenced by a reduction in its staff complement...

Defections alone won’t break ISWAP terror group

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...includes 10 senior commanders, about 200 former fighters stripped of combat status for various reasons, and roughly 300 active fighters. Some of those who lost their status became traders, farmers...

Boko Haram factional violence worries Islamic State

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...ISWAP carried out 96 attacks in January and February, resulting in 205 casualties. Although fewer attacks occurred in February than in January, the casualty rate increased because IEDs were used...

Border security issues highlighted in Free State and North West

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...include illegal grazing with its attendant ecological and biological risks, farm attacks, livestock and vehicle theft as well as drug trafficking. Other illegal activities are taxi violence and intimidation allegedly...

South African deaths in DR Congo laid at Ramaphosa’s door

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...stop with any military deployment until we are fit and proper,” he said. “Our army can’t look after cabbages. I can’t hire them at my farm to look after cabbages....

Looser gun laws could deepen Nigeria’s security crisis

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...led to an exasperated citizenry willing to do anything to protect their lives and livelihoods. The Christmas Eve bandit attacks on farming communities in north-central Nigeria that killed 195 people...

Ransom kidnappings challenge North Cameroon

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...fear among civilians, rendering them more vulnerable. They usually target farmers, cattle breeders, shopkeepers and humanitarian workers, chosen for their perceived ability to respond to the ransom demands due to...

Nigeria’s military mistakes cost the country its civilians

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...Bandits are a loose collection of different criminal groups involved in kidnapping for ransom, armed robbery, cattle rustling, sexual violence, pillage and attacks on traders, farmers, and travellers in ungoverned...

Ghana’s sophisticated artisanal firearms trade needs regulating

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...depending on their type and technology. Criminals use the guns in most of the country’s home robberies, as well as in banditry, trafficking and reprisal attacks. Demand for these illicit...

Coastal waters turning into ‘world’s biggest transnational crime scene’

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...the most dangerous region for seafarers globally. Pirate attacks in the region spiked in about 2019, when 62 of the 75 seafarers taken hostage onboard or kidnapped for ransom worldwide...

Banditry on the border needs joint Nigeria-Niger efforts

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...– people are denied access to their farmlands. During attacks, bandits take whatever food their victims have and steal their livestock. Severe hunger forces people to eat chaff, usually meant...

ISS: Time to resolve Cameroon’s persistent yet forgotten crisis

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...the country’s east, complicated by sporadic intercommunal clashes in the Far North and South. Farmer-herder tensions have also resurfaced between Nigerian pastoralists and Cameroonian farmers. The nation is also grappling...

Farm attacks and murders under the Parliamentary microscope

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Continuing attacks – and murders – of farmers and their workers was under the spotlight in the National Assembly (NA) this week with a motion for an ad hoc committee...

Farm attacks and murders brought to Mashatile’s attention

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...showing 18 attacks and two murders nationally in January, 15 attacks and two more murders in February, 17 attacks and for murders in March, eight attacks and six murders in...

The Sahel is the world’s terrorism epicentre

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...The Sahel has witnessed 22 074 fatalities in 6 408 terror attacks between 2007 and 2022. The GTI noted that the increase in terrorism in the Sahel has been dramatic,...

Bandits in Nigeria: how protection payments to militias escalate conflict in the north-west

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...2011 following disagreements between Hausa farmers and Fulani pastoralists over changes in land ownership and encroachment on grazing routes, primarily due to environmental and climatic factors. They were characterised by...

ISS: Why Nigeria’s bandits are recruiting women for gunrunning

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...north-central Nigeria and south-west Niger. A combination of factors makes Nigeria’s north-west susceptible to attacks. These include poorly managed security resources, conflicts between pastoralists and farmers, illegal gold mining, declining...

Nigerian airstrikes taking major toll on ISWAP

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...farmers of “aiding soldiers in identifying their positions for an airstrike.” ISWAP fighters also responded by banning farmers, fishermen and herders from large chunks of the lands on which they...

Winning talk doesn’t mean Mozambique’s insurgency is over

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...defeated, and that citizens and investors can return to the region, which has been the target of violent attacks since 2017. Many residents and investors have indeed returned – but...

SA Presidency acknowledges receipt of call for farm murder commission

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...attacks and deaths. “AfriForum urges farmers and rural residents to urgently become part of local neighbourhood or farm watches. The only way to curb these horrific attacks is for communities...

Nigeria’s security situation has got worse: what Tinubu’s administration needs to do about it

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...parts of north-west and north-east Nigeria. In Plateau State, Benue State and southern Kaduna, rural communities face attacks from ethnic militias identified by survivors as Fulani. Most of the attacks...

Terror groups prey on vulnerable, cost continent billions

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...economy. As of 2019, markets were closed in 16 of the state’s 27 local government areas, and about 80% of farmers did not have access to their preferred markets, according...

EU and US hold first joint naval exercise

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...following the September attacks on the Nord Stream pipelines, suspected to have been carried out by Russia. The EU outlined plans for an annual naval exercise from 2024 to co-ordinate...

ISS: Nigeria’s new president must prioritise the Boko Haram crisis

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...to fear of attacks. In some cases, communities are forced to pay bandits in order to be allowed to farm. The damage this causes to livelihoods has increased malnutrition among...

Who is Joseph Kony? The altar boy who became Africa’s most wanted man

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...1961 in Odek sub-county in northern Uganda. He was one of six children in the Acholi middle-class family of Luizi Obol and Nora Oting. Kony’s parents were farmers. His father...

Farm murders slightly down

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...report compares farm murders with suspects arrested and pointed out what was of concern was a suspect arrest rate of 33%. In 2021 AfriForum recorded 415 attacks and 55 murders....

Ituri is current DRC flashpoint

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...and rivalries between two communities – the Hema traditional herders and the farming Lendu”. She condemned widespread indiscriminate attacks allegedly conducted mainly by CODECO, but also the Zaïre armed group...

SA Special Forces celebrate 50th anniversary

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...the US Army Special Forces (Green Berets) in the same year; US Navy Sea Air Land (SEAL) special warfare units followed in 1962. The rise of terrorist attacks, notably the...

Jihadists and bandits are cooperating – why this is bad news for Nigeria

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...rustling or sexual violence by armed bandits in the troubled north-west region. Armed bandits have become so emboldened as to stage highway attacks and set ambushes against the country’s security...

Violent extremism could beckon in north-western Nigeria if local dynamics are ignored

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In January 2022, in a bid to stem a tide of violent attacks and kidnappings in north-western Nigeria, the government labelled the armed groups involved in the violence “terrorists”. The...

Kenya violence: 5 key drivers of the decades-long conflict in the north and what...

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Conflict and insecurity are prevalent in northern Kenya. In recent weeks, cases of bandit attacks in the region have left villages terrorised and led to several deaths. In October 2022,...

Farm attacks and murders raise concerns on food security in addition to personal safety

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...well as potential investors and farmers. President Cyril Ramaphosa and his government are “implored” to protect farmers and farm workers by four actions. They are providing rebates on farm security...

Eight farm murders in six weeks

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...song means white people”. Farmers, according to him, have been “massacred for decades” with government refusing to declare farm attacks and murders a priority crime, notwithstanding “constant pressure” from the...

What’s behind terrorist attacks on churches in Nigeria

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...the general deterioration of security in the country. Background to rise in attacks Attacks on churches took a new turn in 2019 when the terrorists started kidnapping worshippers. In 2019,...

Sahel-based violence ripples across borders into coastal countries

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Attacks by Islamic extremists in Burkina Faso, Niger and Mali are rippling out of the Sahel and across the borders of countries to the south as extremists exploit government neglect...

Violence in West Darfur echoes bloody past

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Attacks in West Darfur are awakening fears that the region could return to the violence of its darkest period. Humanitarian groups and international organizations are calling for an intervention as...

ISS: Ansaru’s comeback in Nigeria deepens the terror threat

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...group is believed to have provided weapons and other support to bandits behind attacks in the North-West. This claim is supported by accounts of police raids on a bandit camp...

Study urges more investment in Lake Chad basin to undercut extremists

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...boat, it was to rescue villagers from Boko Haram raids. Now, the boat sits idle, waiting for the day it will return to duty. Like thousands of farmers, fishermen and...

ISS: Rebuilding local economies can help defeat Boko Haram

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...state and government services enabled Boko Haram to appropriate economic activities for its benefit. Violent extremists came in and destroyed farms, killing or displacing farmers. Fishing areas became no-go zones...

Mozambique: Thousands continue to flee violence in Cabo Delgado

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One year after brutal attacks by suspected Al Shabab militants began in northern Mozambique, thousands continue to flee ongoing violence in Cabo Delgado province, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said...

Feature: Trajectories of violence against civilians by Africa’s militant Islamist groups

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...2021, a quarter of all militant Islamist-linked attacks were on civilians. This compares to 14 percent in 2016. The frequency of attacks against civilians has varied in Africa’s five major...

Safety intervention units to deal with traditional leaders’ attacks

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...increase in violent attacks on Amakhosi and Izinduna, as well as the general citizens. Zikalala said the new safety units will play a significant role in complementing the work of...

ISS: No easy answers to Lake Chad Basin’s security dilemmas

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...Chibok and Damboa. They also ramped up attacks on security forces. Maiduguri, considered one of the most secure cities in the LCB region, faces increasing attacks. Multiple blasts were apparently...

Coups, COVID-19 and a cease-fire: Africa’s top stories of 2021

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...bombings in the capital, Kampala. The group has carried out dozens of attacks in the eastern DRC. The terrorist group has killed about 6,000 civilians since 2013. CABO DELGADO CRISIS...

Two Chinese nationals killed, others kidnapped in eastern Congo – army

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...be reached. The United Nations says repeated attacks by CODECO have killed hundreds of civilians in Djugu territory since 2017 and forced thousands to flee their homes. About 20 people...

Militiamen kill at least 20 in eastern Congo attack

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...the national government, later said on Twitter that the death toll stood at around 20. Repeated attacks by CODECO have killed hundreds of civilians in Ituri province’s Djugu territory since...

ISS: Somalia’s democracy by instalments

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...Farmajo leads the stallers. The longer the delay, the longer Farmajo remains in office, and although he is entitled to run for a second term, victory is far from certain....

Hundreds call on Burkina Faso president to resign after deadly attacks

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...Faso and neighbouring Mali and Niger as a lightning rod for attacks. Burkina Faso had for years been spared the jihadist violence seen across the border in Mali. Former president...

ISS: Firepower won’t restore trust among Kenya’s warring Laikipia communities

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...relations between farmers and herders. In the recent incident, which was driven by drought and a lack of grazing, the pastoralist communities forcefully invaded farms, private ranches and community conservancies...