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Africa in Transition

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

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Soldiers take part in the funeral ceremony of the seven members of the security forces killed three days ago after their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in eastern Burkina Faso, on August 31, 2018, in Ouagadougou. STR/AFP/Getty Images

Islamist Violence in Burkina Faso Following Familiar Pattern

Islamist terrorist groups in northeast Burkina Faso are following a strategy of violence reminiscent in some ways of Boko Haram’s early days in Nigeria. The groups are attacking Protestant and Catholic churches, killing pastors, priests, and congregants, and also teachers in secular schools. Read More

May 16, 2019

Nigeria
Nigerian Government Accuses Jonathan of Accepting Bribes While President

In 2015, Muhammadu Buhari defeated incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan. Buhari ran on two major issues: improving the deteriorating security situation associated with the Islamist insurrection Boko Haram and cleaning up government corruption. In 2019, President Buhari was re-elected, again on an anti-corruption ticket. 

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May 15, 2019

Burkina Faso
French Forces Free Hostages in Burkina Faso With U.S. Help

French President Emmanuel Macron announced on May 10 that French military forces rescued four hostages in Burkina Faso held by Islamist militants. Two were French, one was American, and one was South Korean. The operation cost the lives of two French soldiers.

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May 14, 2019

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: May 4–10

Below is a visualization and description of some of the most significant incidents of political violence in Nigeria from May 4 to 10, 2019. 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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