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Boko Haram Remains a Threat in Sub-Saharan Africa - ADA News - February 11th, 2020

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Boko Haram Remains a Threat in Sub-Saharan Africa

ADA News - February 11th, 2020

 

While Boko Haram has in recent months suffered a series of defeats in Nigeria, its presence in Sub-Saharan Africa has not diminished as much as some had hoped. It appears that the terrorist group has taken advantage of Islamic State’s setbacks in Afghanistan and Syria, offering the terrorists a safe haven and a promise of a renewed Caliphate. The leadership of Boko Haram has also switched tactics, embracing a more structured system of control in their occupied territories and focusing on securing weapons and funds.

 

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Pictured: Aftermath of the bank heist in Djibo 

 

In an apparent demonstration of that change in tactics on Monday, it was reported that the Coris Commonwealth Bank in the city of Djibo in northern Burkina Faso, was the victim of a coordinated raid by Boko Haram. The bank robbery, which left eight civilians and two police officers dead, is believed to have provided the terror group with approximately $700,000 USD, which has only raised the concern about the group’s ambitions. For comparison, it is estimated that the 9/11 attacks cost Al-Qaeda somewhere between $400,000 and $500,000 USD. Some, however, are doubtful that even with the influx of cash and fighters, the terror group will be able to maintain a long-term presence in the region.

 

By Alan Cunningham

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