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Déclaration du Président de la Commission de l’Union Africaine S.E. M. Moussa Faki Mahamat, sur les attaques au Niger et les enlèvements au Nigeria


Addis Abeba, le 14 décembre 2020 : Le Président de la Commission de l’Union africaine, SEM Moussa Faki Mahamat, s’est indigné de l’attaque barbare perpétrée par la secte Boko Haram dans la région de Diffa au sud du Niger ayant fait plus de 27 morts et de nombreux blessés.


General Situation. The reporting period, 1st to 30th September 2020 recorded an increase of terrorist attacks compared to the period 1st to 31st August 2020. At the end of September 2020 there were 189 terrorist attacks compared to 183 for August2020, representing a 03% increase. With respect to casualties, there was a decrease in the number of deaths from terrorist attacks. While there were 763 deaths recorded in August 2020, 678 deaths were recorded in September 2020, representing 11% decrease.

Countries Most Affected. The five countries most affected by terrorist and violent extremist attacks during the period were: DRC, Somalia, Mozambique, Nigeria and Mali. (In decreasing order).

Targets of Terrorist and VE Attacks. While 117 out of the 189 terrorist attacks were launched against Civilians, 64 targeted Military/Security Forces. Five attacks targeted Governmental Institutions/Officials and three attacks targeted International Organisations. The attacks by Mai-Mai groups and ADF were mainly against Civilians, whilst Al-Shabaab mostly targeted Military/Security Forces.
Weapons Used. The terrorist groups used Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALWs) in 155 out of the 189 attacks. Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) were used in 14 of the attacks and Mixed (SALW & IED) were used in two of the attacks.
Deaths from Terrorists and VE Attacks. 678 deaths were recorded during the period: 320 civilians, 198 terrorists and 160 Military/Security personnel.

Casualties Inflicted by Terrorist and Violent Extremist Groups.
ADF killed 97 persons, all civilians; Al-Shabaab killed 78 persons (52 civilians, 26 Military/Security Forces); ISWAP killed 41 persons (13 civilians and 28 Military/Security Forces); Boko Haram killed 72 persons (29 civilians and 43 Military/Security Forces); ASWJ killed 12 persons (10 civilians and 02 Military/Security Forces); ISGS killed 03 persons, all civilians; JNIM killed one civilian; Mai-Mai groups killed 38 persons (25 civilians and 13 Military/Security Forces); Other VE groups killed 11 persons (03 civilians and 08 Military/Security Forces); Unknown groups killed 127 persons (88 civilians, 39 Military/Security Forces).

Casualties Sustained by Terrorist Groups. Al-Shabaab, Mai-Mai groups, Boko Haram and ISWAP suffered highest number of casualties during the period.
Military/Security forces killed 113 Al-Shabaab, 69 of Mai-Mai group members, 52 members of Boko Haram and 20 of ISWAP fighters. Other IS affiliates suffered 07 deaths and ASWJ suffered 06 deaths. 40 members of other VE groups and 127 members from unknown groups were also killed.
Kidnapping. 18 cases of kidnappings were recorded.
A total of 52 persons were taken hostage in DRC, Nigeria, Kenya and Burkina Faso while 156 captives were released during the same period.

Focus on Epicentres. Out of the 189 terrorist attacks, the Great Lakes region recorded 97 attacks with 251 deaths, the Horn of Africa recorded 31 attacks with 127 deaths, the Sahel region accounted for 22 attacks and 100 deaths and Lake Chad Basin accounted for 14 attacks with 124 deaths during the period.

High Profile Attacks.
04 September, Galmudug, Somalia. 30 people, including 16 militants, died following clashes between villagers and Al-Shabaab fighters. 04 September, Guire Town, Mali. An attack by armed men using an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and automatic weapons on a military convoy led to the deaths of 10 soldiers and four damaged military vehicles. A counter attack by the Malian Armed Forces (FAMa) led to the deaths of 20 attackers. 25 September, Borno State, Nigeria. Suspected members of Boko Haram terrorists’ group attacked a convoy of the State Governor. Five soldiers, 12 police men, and 13 civilians were killed. They also took away one police armoured car, one gun truck belonging to the military and six utility vehicles. 01 September, Borno State, Nigeria. An attack by the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) on a military post led to the deaths of nine soldiers and the burning of three vehicles. A counter-attack by the military led to the deaths of 20 insurgents. 24 September, Touldeni village, Burkina Faso. An attack by suspected armed terrorists led to the deaths of six Volunteers for the Defence of the Fatherland (VDP) and injury to two others. A counter-attack by VDP led to the deaths of 20 assailants. 10 September, South Kivu, DRC. A clash between the YAKUTUMBA-BILOZE BISHAMBUKE coalition and militiamen from the MAKANIKA armed group resulted in: 24 dead (20 on the MAKANIKA side and 04 on the YAKUTUMBA) and 45 injured (38 on the MAKANIKA side and 07 on the YAKUTUMBA side). 12 September, Pundanhar, Cabo Delgado, Mozambique. Three vehicles traveling through Pundanhar were attacked by suspected terrorists, 24 civilians were killed.

Counter-Terrorism Response. CT operations resulted in neutralizing 237 terrorists. Five Military/Security Forces died during those operations.

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