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Sahel and Somalia drive rise in Africa’s militant Islamist group violence

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Militant Islamist violence in Africa has risen continuously over the past decade, doubling in just the past 3 years. A review of violence involving African...

With military victory elusive, West African nations quietly back talks with...

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Two years after local emir Djibril Diallo fled his home in northern Burkina Faso following death threats from Islamist militants, he received an unexpected...

At least 18 killed in attacks in Burkina Faso and Mali

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Suspected Islamists killed at least 18 people in attacks in northern Burkina Faso and central Mali on Wednesday and Thursday, government and security sources...

Suspected Islamists kill 16 in eastern Congo attack

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Suspected Islamists killed three soldiers and 13 civilians and burnt down a church in a raid on a village in Democratic Republic of Congo’s...

Suspected Islamists kill ten villagers in eastern Congo

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Attackers killed around ten people in an overnight raid on a village in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, local authorities and the army said...

Suspected Islamists kill ten in eastern Congo machete attack

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Suspected Islamists killed ten people in a raid on a village in eastern Democractic Republic of Congo and kidnapped several others, local authorities and...

Suspected Islamists kill 17 civilians in eastern Congo raid

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Assailants killed at least 17 people in a raid on a village in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo on Friday night,...

Villagers killed in eastern DR Congo, Islamist militants suspected

Suspected Islamist militants killed at least 53 villagers in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo’s Ituri province this week, a local official said. Authorities blamed the...

Niger targets Islamist militants

Niger will launch a new military offensive against Islamist militants after an attack on an army base killed at least 25 soldiers, the defence...

Suspected militants killed in Mombasa

Kenyan police shot and killed three men suspected of planning militant attacks in Mombasa, ahead of national day celebrations in the city this month,...

Nigerian soldiers killed by Islamists

Islamist militants killed nine Nigerian soldiers in an attack on a military base in the northeast of the country, soldiers and a security agency...

Islamist militants killed in Sinai shootout

Egyptian security forces killed 46 “dangerous” Islamist militants in shootouts in northern Sinai according to the military. The armed forces say several hundred militants have...

Sahel Islamist groups’ networking skills growing

A surge in violent attacks linked to Islamist groups in West Africa’s Sahel region reflects growing capabilities and networking abilities, according to an international...

Mali firefight leaves 30 dead

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French and Malian troops killed about 30 Islamist insurgents during a gun battle near the border with Niger, where Islamic State are...

New push to end Islamist resistance in Benghazi

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Eastern Libyan forces expelled Islamist fighters from one of their last strongholds in the country's second-largest city Benghazi, military officials said. The battle...

Killed Malian soldiers had joined Islamists – source

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Malian soldiers killed in a French military strike in northern Mali were deserters who joined an Islamist militant group, a French source...

Tunisian security forces kill senior militant in ambush

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Tunisian armed forces killed two Islamist militants including a senior commander in a mountain raid near the western border with Algeria late...

Twenty Mali Islamists killed by French soldiers

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French soldiers killed about 20 Islamic combatants in northern Mali last week in an operation to defend France's troops there, the defence...

Somali Islamists let drought-hit civilians roam in search of food

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Somali Islamists are letting civilians in drought-hit regions under their control move with relative freedom to find food, the group and a...

Algerian troops kill nine Islamist militants east of Algiers

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Algerian troops on Tuesday killed nine Islamist militants in an operation in a mountainous region east of the capital that was once...

Algerian army kills five Islamist militants

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Algerian troops ambushed and killed five armed Islamists in an ongoing operation in an eastern region known as a former stronghold for...

Algeria forces hunt militants after policeman assassinated

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Algerian counter-terrorism forces on Sunday searched around the eastern city of Constantine after a policeman was killed in a rare urban attack...

Algeria army kills five Islamist fighters – defence ministry

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Algerian troops killed five armed Islamist militants and seized weapons, munitions and food supplies on Thursday in an ongoing operation east of...

Mali leader warns UN: Qaeda, Islamic State gaining ground in country

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Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita warned the United Nations on Friday that the failure to fully implement a nationwide peace accord was...

Rwandan police say kill three suspected Islamist militants in raid

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Rwandan national police said they killed three suspected Islamist militants and arrested three others in the western district of Rusizi on Friday. A...

Islamist militants kill 17 soldiers in attack on Mali army base

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Islamist militants killed 17 Malian soldiers and wounded 35 when they attacked an army base in the center of the country, firing...

Saudi Arabia’s new jihadists: poorly trained but hard to stop

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Technical hitches limited the death tolls in three suicide attacks in Saudi Arabia but the apparent coordination of the blasts suggests jihadis...

Islamists killed near Algiers

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Algerian troops killed eight Islamist armed fighters and captured weapons on Sunday in an operation south of the capital, the ministry of...

War on Islamist militants tests Tunisia’s young democracy

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Four days after Islamist militants shot dead 21 tourists in Tunisia's Bardo museum last year, police rounded up dozens of people suspected...

Algerian army kills seven Islamist fighters east of capital

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Algerian troops on Wednesday killed seven armed Islamist fighters and captured weapons during a search operation in a mountainous area of Bouira...

Mali captures militant Islamist leader on Mauritanian border

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Authorities in Mali have arrested a man considered to be one of the main Islamist insurgent leaders operating in the south of...

At least 13 Egyptian policemen killed in Sinai attack

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At least 13 Egyptian policemen were killed in the Sinai Peninsula when Islamist militants fired a mortar round at a security checkpoint...

Algerian army kills three suspected militants, seizes anti-aircraft missiles

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Algeria's army said on Friday it had killed three Islamist militants near the eastern city of El Oued and seized a large...

Suspected Islamist militants kill three at Mali customs post

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Suspected Islamist militants killed two civilians and a customs officer and burned a car in an attack on a customs post in...

Tunisia forces seize bomb cache, arrest militants

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Tunisian security forces have arrested two Islamist militants accused in last week's bombing in Tunis and seized a cache of weapons and...

Egypt locks up lawyers in Islamist fight

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As Egypt cracks down on its Islamist dissidents, many of the country's lawyers are finding themselves on the wrong side of the...

Three militants, one soldier killed in Tunisia clashes

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At least three Islamist militants and a Tunisian soldier were killed on Sunday in clashes in the central Kasserine province, near the...

Militants behead Tunisian teen accused of spying

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Islamist militants beheaded a Tunisian teenager in a rural central province and sent his head to his family after accusing him of...

Two Tunisian soldiers killed in clashes with militants

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Islamists militants killed two Tunisian soldiers who were seeking to free a man kidnapped on Monday in a mountainous area near the...

Spain, Morocco arrest 14 suspected of recruiting for Islamic State

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Spain and Morocco arrested 14 people on Tuesday suspected of recruiting fighters to join Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, Spain's Interior...

Militants attack Tunisian customs officers near Algerian border, one killed

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Islamist militant gunmen opened fire on a Tunisian customs team near the Algerian border, killing one customs agent and wounding three more,...

Libyan government offensive in Benghazi stalls as Islamists dig in

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First a suicide bomber kills three Libyan soldiers at a checkpoint in the eastern city of Benghazi. When the army sends in...

Algeria says nine soldiers killed in attack claimed by al Qaeda

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At least nine Algerian soldiers were killed when Islamist militants ambushed their patrol west of the capital Algiers last week in one...

Mali detains 20 suspected Islamists, including 2 French

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Police in Mali have detained about 20 suspected Islamist militants in recent days, including at least two French citizens and the organiser...

Libyan tribes meet in Cairo as Egypt seeks allies against militants

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Hundreds of Libyan tribal leaders met in Cairo on Monday with Egyptian authorities hoping to enlist their help in preventing Islamist violence...

Wounded Egyptian soldier kidnapped and killed in Sinai – sources

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Suspected Islamist militants kidnapped a wounded Egyptian soldier then killed him in the restive North Sinai province on Friday, security sources said. Gunmen...

Bomb in north Egypt kills 2 military academy students

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Two students from an Egyptian military academy were killed and six were wounded on Wednesday when a bomb targeting a minibus exploded...

Algerian army kills four militants east of Algiers

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The Algerian army has killed four suspected Islamist militants east of the capital Algiers, the defence ministry said on Thursday, in an...

Insight – In Egypt, ex-military men fire up Islamist insurgency

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A small but highly dangerous succession of former Egyptian army officers are joining Islamist militant groups, complicating President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's efforts...

Tunisia arrests more suspected militants for Bardo attack

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Tunisian security forces have arrested 23 more suspected Islamist militants as part of a crackdown after last month's Bardo museum attack in...

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