The Contagion of Violent Extremism in West African coastal states: a joint Report by the ACSRT and NATO by STRATEGIC DIRECTION-SOUTH HUB

The findings of this joint project have pointed out that violent extremist activities have been growing in recent years in West African coastal states, radiating there from the Sahel. Although the security More »


ACSRT Participates in Programme Support Visit as part of Component Four of the CEPOL CT INFLOW Project

The African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT) represented by Mr. Elias BENYU-Training Specialist, participated in the inaugural programme support visit workshop under the auspices of Component four (4) More »


Mid-Year Africa Terrorism Trend Analysis – 2022

General Situation. The period between the 1st of January 2022 to 30th of June 2022 recorded 699 terrorist attacks that resulted in 5,412 deaths across Africa. In terms of monthly trend, the More »


First Senior Level Regional Course for the Prevention of Violent Extremism (PVE) for the West Africa region

As part of their joint Framework Programme for the Prevention of Violent Extremism (2020-2023) the African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism (CAERT/ACSRT) of the African Union and the Peace More »


THE QUARTERLY AFRICA TERRORISM BULLETIN. Period of 1st January – 31st March 2022

General Situation. 1st January 2022 to 31st March 2022 recorded 379 terrorist attacks that resulted in over 2,824 deaths across Africa. In terms of monthly trend, March recorded the highest number of More »


Elevating the Role of African Cities in Preventing Extremism and Hate: Mapping City Needs and Priorities – Dakar

Workshop | 31 May – 1 June 2022 Novotel Hotel, Dakar, Senegal From 31 May to 1 June 2022, the Strong Cities Network (SCN), in cooperation with the African Centre for the More »

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his second four-monthly joint report,1 based on the statistical information drawn from terrorist attacks which occurred in G-5 area,2 adds two new periods of study, 1 May – 31 August 2019 and 1 May – 31 Aug 2020, to our previous report.
By lengthening the period from 8 to 16 months, a broader and more nuanced understanding of the dynamics of terrorism over time has been achieved, demonstrating new TVEO3 trends, capacity building and strategies in the G-5 Sahel region. Consequently, the deductions and conclusions will be more comprehensive and precise.…more

First Regional Senior Course on the Prevention of Violent Extremism (PVE) for Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) Member States
August 6-9, 2019 Yaounde, Cameroon

Violent extremism knows no borders. In one way or another and at different times and degrees, all African Regional Economic Communities (RECs) experience this phenomenon. The links which unite the various armed groups which come under the banner of Violent Extremist, national or transnational, are, for many, known. What is less so is the geographical dynamic of its development, particularly in Central Africa where nearly half of ECCAS member countries are directly affected, in different forms.…more
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UGANDA: Twin Explosions in Kampala

On 16 November 2021, two-separate but seemingly coordinated attacks were carried out by three suicide bombers in Kampala. One attack took place outside the central police station by the first suicide bomber who was on foot while the other two attackers, riding a motorbike blew themselves up near the parliamentary building. All the three attackers were Ugandan nationals. …more

NIGERIA: Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Confirms Death of ISWAP leader Abu Musab Al-Barnawi

On Thursday 14th October 2021, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) of the Nigerian Armed Forces, General Lucky Irabor, confirmed earlier speculations that the leader of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), Abu Musab Al-Barnawi was dead. …more


Transcript of an audio tape obtained by Humangle, a local Nigerian news website with proven strong contacts among insurgents and counter-terrorist agencies and published on Sunday 6th June, 2021, appeared to confirm the killing of the leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, which was first reported by media sources on 19th May, 2021. …more


On Friday 5th June, 2021 unidentified armed men stormed the village of Solhan in Yagha province of the Sahel region in Northern Burkina Faso and killed over 160 civilians including 20 children. The attackers who launched the offensive in an overnight raid also burned down houses and the village market. The number of fatalities makes the incident the deadliest assault in Burkina Faso since the outbreak of terrorist activities in the West African country in 2015. …more


On Tuesday 20th April, 2021, a statement released by the Chadian military informed that President Idriss Deby Itno succumbed to injuries he sustained “on the battlefield” while fighting rebels. The statement read, “Marshal Idriss Deby Itno, as he did each time that the institutions of the republic were gravely threatened, took control of operations during the heroic combat led against the terrorists from Libya. …more

Studens Abducted in Kankara, Katsina State in Nigeria Released

On Thursday, 17th December, 2020, Katsina state Governor, Aminu Bello Masari, in a televised interview with state channel NTA announced that 344 students who were
abducted on 11th December at the Boys School in Kankara had been freed. According to the Governor, the students were held in the Rugu Forest in neighbouring Zamfara state before their rescue. …more

Mass Abductions in Kankara, Katsina State, Nigeria

On Friday, 11th December, 2020, gunmen on motorcycles estimated to be over 100 stormed an all-male Government Science School in Kankara, Katsina State and abducted more than 300 students. The victims were captured, split into groups and taken away. The gunmen engaged security forces that responded to the attack in a fierce gun battle for several hours before retreating. Several other students flee to nearby bushes for safety. …more


UNODC Builds Partnerships in Africa to Promote Women’s Perspectives and Voices to Prevent Violent Extremism

Africa is a continent deeply affected by the threat of terrorism and violent extremism. In Africa and globally, the menace of terrorism impacts and involves women and men in different ways, with women as perpetrators as well as victims of terrorism. Women also play an important role in preventing and combating terrorism, as leaders at the national and community level and as mothers and wives.


The African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT) was established as a structure of the African Union in 2004. The decision to establish the Centre was taken in 2002 as part of the AU Plan of Action to Prevent and Combat of Terrorism. Its primary role is to assist AU member States build their Counter-Terrorism capacities. Its mandate includes the conduct of research, analysis and studies on the terrorism situation and terrorist groups in Africa, maintaining a terrorism database, centralizing information on terrorism and sharing this with AU Member States. The Centre conducts assessment missions to various AU Member States in order to ascertain their Counter-Terrorism capability and compliance with International Legal instruments and then provide advice on what needs to be done.

ACSRT Twitter Conversation (#AUTerrorTrend)

This question and answer session was carried out on the African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism’s (ACSRT) twitter page, hosted by the ACSRT Social Media Team with Ms. Emmaculate Asige Liaga, Doctoral Candidate at the Pretoria University, South Africa as the Guest. The chat took place on the Monday, 8th October 2018 at 1000GMT. The questions from ACSRT and the corresponding answers from the Guest are produced below.

ACSRT: In your opinion, what are the push and pull factors of violent extremism in Africa? What could be the similarities and differences with other geographical areas?

1. To begin with, violent extremism in Africa is met by a combination of structural push factors, which indirectly fuel radicalization, and individual pull factors, that directly impact radicalization, and create an appeal for violent extremism.

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Djihadists Attacks During Ramadan

Ramadan is the most sacred month in Islam guarded by pillars in which Muslims have to adhere to fasting, praying, recital of faith, charity and pilgrimage. It is a period in which Muslims tend to cultivate a sense of inner peace and spiritual devotion to Allah. “…more

Allégéance de Boko Haram à l’Organisation de l’Etat Islamique

Le 07 Mars 2015, Abubakar Shekau, chef du groupe Boko Haram, s’exprimant en arabe dans un message audio de 8 minutes et 26 secondes, sous-titré en anglais et en français, annonce :
– annonce son allégeance au calife des musulmans, Ibrahim ibn Awad ibn Ibrahim al-Husseini al-Qurashi, alias Abou Baqr al-Baghdadi, Chef de
l’Organisation de l’Etat Islamique.(Listen) “…more