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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