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A View from the CT Foxhole: Idriss Mounir Lallali, Deputy Director, ACSRT

Idriss Mounir Lallali is the Deputy Director and Acting (Interim) Director of the African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT) and was part of the multidisciplinary team designated by More »

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AFRICA RECORDED A TOTAL OF 156 TERRORIST ATTACKS RESULTING IN A TOTAL OF 575 DEATHS

General Situation. The reporting period, 1st to 30th November 2020 recorded a decrease of terrorist attacks compared to the period 1st to 31st October 2020. At the end of November 2020 there More »

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Regional Webinar for Southern African Development Community States Members on Human Rights and Rule of Law in the Prevention and Countering of Terrorism, Violent Extremism and Transnational Organized Crime (PCT and TOC)

The African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT/CAERT) held a Regional webinar on Human Rights and Rule of Law in the Prevention and Countering of Terrorism, Violent Extremism and More »

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Regional Webinar for Economic Community of Central Africa States Members on Human Rights and Rule of Law in the Prevention and Countering of Terrorism, Violent Extremism and Transnational Organized Crime (PCT and TOC)

The African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT/CAERT) held a Regional webinar on Human Rights and Rule of Law in the Prevention and Countering of Terrorism, Violent Extremism and More »

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REGIONAL WEBINARS ON COUNTERING FINANCING OF TERRORISM/ ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING (CFT/AML) AND TRANSNATIONAL ORGANIZED CRIME (TOC)

The African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT/CAERT) organized a Regional Webinars on Countering Financing of Terrorism, Money Laundering and Transnational Organized Crime (TOC) for Member States of The More »

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REGIONAL BORDER SECURITY MANAGEMENT WEBINAR FOR AU MS SHARING BORDERS WITH LIBYA

25 February 2021: The African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT) held the second workshop on “Border Security Management for Libya and its Neighbors” from 25th to 26th February More »

Message of condolences

The African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT) has been sadly informed of the passing on of its esteemed former Director, Ambassador Boubacar Gaoussou DIARRA on 23 April 2021. The Centre would like to share, in these difficult times, this immense pain with the biological family, the Malian people, and all those who knew ideals he stood for and/or collaborated with him. …more
Reports

When Foreign Forces and Mercenaries Leave Libya:
New Hope, Caution for the Continent


The presence of external fighters has exacerbated the Libyan crisis and made it difficult for the North African nation to seek a peaceful solution to the conflict. The withdrawal of foreign forces,1 fighters and mercenaries has been a part of the country’s security agenda for a long time, yet very little has been done to achieve this. Now, initial signs of withdrawal could pave the way for a more lasting solution to the crisis that has bedevilled Libya for a decade. The proposed withdrawal should not, however, be construed as a panacea for the conflict in Libya, as numerous local armed groups are still competing for control and influence in any future government. The proposed withdrawal of foreign troops and mercenaries also has important implications for the rest of the continent – particularly in the SaheloSaharan and North Africa regions. …more

TERRORISM IN THE SAHEL: FACTS AND FIGURES


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

NIGERIA: ISWAP CLAIMS ABUBAKAR SHEKAU WAS KILLED ON DIRECT ORDERS OF ISIS

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

BURKINA FASO: ARMED RAID IN SOLHAN CLAIMS OVER 160 LIVES

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

CHAD: VETERAN PRESIDENT OF CHAD IDRISS DEBY DIES IN BATTLEFIELD

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

Articles

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.
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POVERTY, MARGINALISATION AND EXCLUSION FUEL VIOLENT EXTREMISM

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.
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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?

GUEST’S RESPONSE:
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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Trend Alert

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