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AFRICA RECORDED A TOTAL OF 112 TERRORIST ATTACKS RESULTING IN A TOTAL OF 265 DEATHS

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General Situation: The reporting period, 1st to 15th May 2019 recorded an escalation in the number of attacks by terrorist and violent extremist groups in all regions of Africa compared to 16th to 30th April. Whilst deaths from CT operations increased drastically, deaths from terrorists’ attacks remained almost at the same level.
Areas Most Affected. The five countries most affected by terrorism during the period are Nigeria, Niger, Somalia, Burkina Faso and Libya (In decreasing order).
Terrorist Attacks: A total of 112 terrorist attacks were recorded across Africa during the period.
Target of Terrorist Attacks: While 53 of 112 terrorist attacks were launched against Security forces, 40 were targeted at civilians. 12 targeted Government Institutions/Officials) and seven (7) targeted International Organizations. The attacks by al-Shabaab, ISWAP, ISGS and ISCAP were mainly against security forces whilst Boko Haram (Shekau faction) continued to attack civilian targets.
Weapons used: The terrorist groups used Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) in 75 out of the 112 attacks. Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) were used in 27 of the attacks. Two (2) attacks involved a combination of IEDs and SALW; and eight (8) others were cases of kidnapping.
Terrorism-related deaths/Casualties: 361 terrorism-related deaths were recorded during the period. Of the number, 265 resulted from terrorist attacks while 96 were from CT operations. The actual casualty figures for the period are 149 terrorist combatants killed, 111 civilians dead and 101 Military/Security forces killed.

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A Spanish delegation pays a visit to the ACSRT

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On Monday, 20 May 2019, AU Special Representative for Counter Terrorism Cooperation/Director of the ACSRT, H.E Larry GBEVLO-LARTEY Esq. received a delegation from the embassy of the Kingdom of Spain to the Democratic and Popular Republic of Algeria led by Minister Counsellor Tomas Lopez Vilarino, and counsellor Juan Manuel Calleja.

AU Special Representative for Counter-Terrorism Cooperation paid a courtesy call on the Ambassador of China

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16 May 2019, Algiers. H.E Larry GBEVLO-LARTEY Esq, AU Special Representative for Counter-Terrorism Cooperation and Director of the ACSRT paid a courtesy call on the Ambassador of People’s Republic of China to the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria, H.E Li Lianhe. The two dignitaries discussed the issues of cooperation and enhancing the Counter-Terrorism capabilities of AU Member States.

Africa recorded a total of 58 terrorist attacks resulting in a total of 297 deaths

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The reported period, 1st to 15th April experienced a slight decline in the number of attacks from terrorist and violent extremist groups across the length and breadth of Africa. The areas most affected by terrorism and violent extremism for the period include the Sahel Region, Lake Chad Basin Area, the East and Horn of Africa, the North Africa as well as the Central Africa Region. The situation in Southern Africa remained relatively stable for the period. Although collaborative efforts are delivering some effective preventative and countermeasure responses, terrorist and violent extremist organizations continue to hold considerable initiative. This is manifest in their capacity to continue to launch attacks and cause debilitating harm and destruction to security personnel, civilians and properties. Inter-communal violence, activities of armed bandits and militia groups also continued to destabilize safety, peace and security in a number of regions.

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