OVERVIEW OF THE JANUARY
In January 2018 there were several terrorist attacks and counterinsurgency operations launched across West Africa. In the Period under review, Nigeria advanced its clearance operation of the enclaves of the Boko Haram insurgents. The Operation (Deep Punch II) advanced into the insurgents’ stronghold Camp Zero in Sambisa forest to dislodged remnants of the Sect.
The Niger Government, in a first of its kind since the beginning of the insurgency in 2009, conducted an open trial of Eighty-one suspected Boko Haram members. The accused persons are accused of fighting with the Boko Haram insurgents .In the period under review, a jihadist movement affiliated to the Islamic State (IS) armed groups in the Sahel “Adnan Abu Walid Sahraoui”, claimed responsibility for the attacks that resulted in the death of the French troops in January and the October 2017 ambush on US troops, that resulted in the deaths of four US Marines .
The jihadist group also claimed responsibility for the numerous attacks on Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger.
3.0 TRENDS AND PATTERNS OF COUNTER TERRORISM
The patterns of the attacks all point to being originated in Nigeria, and due to multi-national coalitions, the attacks have spilled over into neighbouring countries like Niger, Cameroon and Mali.
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