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The African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT), in a bid to help build Counter Terrorism capacity of African Union Member States, and keep African Counter Terrorism Practitioners abreast with current trends of terrorism in Africa, released a bulletin containing relevant statistics and information on terrorism in Africa.

According to the bulletin, there were no terrorist attacks in Southern Africa for the period 1- 15 January, 2019. During this period, there were a total number of 19 terrorist incidents which led to 614 deaths on the African continent. Deaths of civilians and security forces were 26% and 4% respectively while the remaining 70% were members of the terrorist/insurgent groups. West Africa where terrorist activities of Boko Haram are rampant recorded the highest number of deaths with a total of 551, followed by East Africa with 40 deaths. Boko Haram terror group suffered the highest number of casualties followed by Al-Shabab, the Islamist terrorist group operating in East Africa. On 15 January, 2019, Al-Shabab attacked DusitD2 hotel in Nairobi, the Kenyan capital killing about 21 civilians. Six of the Terrorists were also killed during the attack.

The report concludes that to defeat terrorist and insurgent groups, neighbouring countries must step up efforts in counter terrorism, intelligence sharing and collaboration.

To read the full bulletin, click here

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