The ECOWAS Counter Terrorism Strategy Tracker (ECTS-Tracker) is an open data platform that provides practical analysis of operational policy framework for ECOWAS counter-terrorism, actions, supports, and serves as a knowledge base that promotes a common regional approach for counter terrorism by both state and non-state actors through the documentation and analysis of cases, activities, and incidences of extremist violence across the West African sub-region. This is done specifically by looking at the location, trends, and patterns of incidences of violent extremism within West Africa. The ECTS-tracker also serves as a tool in monitoring the efforts of states in implementing the ECOWAS Counter Terrorism Strategy (CTS).
2.0. OVERVIEW OF THE WEEK
In the period under review, Jihadist extremists across West Africa, Lake Chad, and the Sahel region, continued their assaults against civilians and military formations across the regions, especially through soft attacks using Improvised Explosive Devices (IED), and Kamikaze style attacks perpetrated by Female suicide bombers. Peace-keepers from the United States of America and Bangladesh lost their lives in Niger and Mali; the first military casualty of these two countries by Boko Haram and ISWA (ISIS-West Africa)..
The Nigerian Military Operation Deep Punch II”, which is a strategy aimed at neutralizing remnant of insurgents rampaging the North east region and the liberation of the remaining territories under the control of insurgents intensified its bombardment and clearance operation within the region.
3.0 TRENDS AND PATTERNS OF EXTREMIST VIOLENCE AND COUNTER TERRORISM
- PROGRESS/ DEVELOPMENT
During the period in review, The United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington, applauded the Nigerian Military for their efforts in restoring peace in the North East and the ongoing counter-terrorism fight against insurgents that are rampaging the North-east. Equally, the United Kingdom’s Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, disclosed that the United Kingdom will provide additional support to the Nigeria Military by training 28,000 Nigerian troops and sale military equipment and materials to counter improvised explosive device (IED) and helicopters.
Download Full Factsheet here in PDF >>ECPOWAS CTS FactSheet September to October(1) (1)