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French President Macron declares end of Barkhane Operation In Sahel

French President Macron declares end of Barkhane Operation In Sahel

AFRICA, African Union, CRIME, CRISIS, France, MALI, PRESIDENT, TERROR, TERRORISM, WAR, West Africa
A "profound transformation" of the presence in the Sahel of the French military Barkhane forces. This will include the closure of French army bases and the establishing of the international anti-jihadist alliance, as announced on Thursday by the president of France Emmanuel Macron. "We will initiate a profound transformation of our military presence in the Sahel, the modalities and timetable of which will be specified in the coming weeks, I will do so by the end of June, and I will initiate this work in the coming days. "It will involve the transition to a new framework, that is to say, the end of the operation Barkhane, as an external operation for the implementation of an operation of support. "Support of cooperation to the arms of the countries of the region that wish it, a...
Canada anti-Muslim attack: ‘It could have been any one of us’

Canada anti-Muslim attack: ‘It could have been any one of us’

CANADA, CRIME, CRISIS, FAMILY, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, ISLAM, PEOPLE, Religion, TERROR, WORLD
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau calls the killing of four members of a Muslim family in Ontario a ‘terrorist attack’. Montreal, Canada – Like so many others have done during the coronavirus pandemic, the Afzaal family was out for an evening walk. But on Sunday, as they waited to cross a street in London, Ontario, they were run down by a driver police say was motivated by anti-Muslim hate. For members of Muslim communities across the country, the Islamophobic attack that killed four people, including a teenage girl, and seriously injured a nine-year-old boy, harkens back to painful memories of a deadly assault on a Quebec mosque more than four years ago. It is also a sign that something is terribly wrong. “The sentiment that I’m hearing across the board, and I think everybody...
Nigerians react to reports of Abubakar Shekau’s death

Nigerians react to reports of Abubakar Shekau’s death

AFRICA, CRIME, CRISIS, Nigeria, TERROR, West Africa
Maiduguri, capital of Borno state in Nigeria's northeast. Borno is a Boko Haram stronghold. From here, the group launched deadly raids on civilian and military installations alike. News of Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau's death was welcomed in the city, where people said they hoped to live more peaceful lives. Abubakar Ibrahim Askira, an activist said Shekau's death marked "a new beginning". "It is news that a lot of Nigerians or a lot of African (countries) are waiting to hear," he said. "I am calling on youths to be more vigilant and security conscious. Let's help the security authorities with all the relevant information to vanquish the remaining terrorists now that Shekau is dead," said Muhammed Mustapha, a resident of Maiduguri. The Islamic State West Africa Pro...
88 victims of northwest Nigeria attack laid to rest

88 victims of northwest Nigeria attack laid to rest

AFRICA, CRIME, CRISIS, Nigeria, TERROR, West Africa
Villagers bury the victims of an attack by a gang of cattle thieves on seven villages in northwest Nigeria's Kebbi state. The horrific attack left at least 88 people dead, police said. Kebbi state police spokesman Nafiu Abubakar said, dozens of assailants on motorcycles attacked seven neighboring villages in Danko-Wasagu district on Thursday. The gunmen targeted the villages of Koro, Kimpi, Gaya, Dimi, Zutu, Rafin Gora and Iguenge. Many people were still unaccounted for Sunday after fleeing the attacks. The police spokesman said the search is underway and more bodies could be found. ‘’So, the toll is not conclusive yet’’, Abubakar added. Northwest and central Nigeria are a hub of criminal gangs known locally as bandits, who raid villages, harass residents and burn...
UN ‘outraged’ as death toll in Burkina Faso attack rises to 132

UN ‘outraged’ as death toll in Burkina Faso attack rises to 132

AFRICA, CRIME, CRISIS, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, Security, TERROR, West Africa
Burkina Faso mourns as UN chief calls on countries to redouble efforts to fight ‘violent extremism and its unacceptable human toll’. Gunmen have killed at least 132 people in Burkina Faso’s volatile north, the government said, as the United Nations chief condemned “the heinous attack” and called on countries to step up the fight against “violent extremism”. The assailants struck during the night on Friday, killing residents of the village of Solhan in Yagha province, which borders Niger. They also burned homes and the village market, according to a government statement on Saturday. The victims included seven children. Another 40 residents were also wounded, government spokesman Ousseni Tamboura told reporters. President Roch Marc Christian Kabore called the killings “ba...