Africa in Transition

John Campbell and Michelle Gavin track political and security developments across sub-Saharan Africa.

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Paramedics carry a stretcher with a victim of a blast on it at the hospital in Maiduguri on June 17, 2018. Audu Marte/AFP/Getty Images

As Army Calls on Displaced Nigerians to Return Home, Terrorist Attacks Rock Damboa

According to various media outlets, a suicide bomb attack on June 16 in Damboa, Borno, left at least forty dead and an additional forty wounded. Observers suspect Boko Haram, but thus far, no group has claimed responsibility. Read More

June 18, 2018

Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: June 9–June 15

Below is a visualization and description of some of the most significant incidents of political violence in Nigeria from June 9 to June 15, 2018. This update also represents violence related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger. These incidents will be included in the Nigeria Security Tracker.    

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June 15, 2018

Nigeria's Fashionable Super Eagles Are an Important Symbol of National Identity

Nigerians are reveling in the international accolades the Super Eagles—their national football team—are receiving for their dress as they travel to their World Cup matches in Kaliningrad. London’s Daily Mail wrote, “First, it was the announcement of their tournament kits that sent football supporters crazy.

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June 14, 2018

West Africa
Notorious Algerian Terrorist Mokhtar Belmokhtar Could Still Be Alive

The London-based Saudi magazine, El Majalaa, is reporting that Mokhtar Belmokhtar is still alive, contrary to U.S. claims in 2013, 2015, and 2016 that he had been killed in Libya. The report, which cites correspondence with Libyan and Algerian intelligence services, states that he is operating in the largely ungoverned spaces between Chad, Niger, and Mali. 

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