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Increasing terrorism in Africa

The rise of terrorism is a serious threat to international peace and security.

Terrorists and violent extremists from Da'esh and Al-Qaeda, and their affiliates, are taking advantage of the instability and conflicts in African states to increase their activities and intensify attacks across the continent. Over the past two years, Da'esh affiliates have increased their presence in Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger, as well as south to the Gulf of Guinea. Their senseless, terror-fuelled violence has killed and injured thousands of people, and many more continue to suffer (particularly women and children) from the actions of radical Islamist terrorist groups.

As UN representatives emphasise, the spread of terrorism and violent extremism is not exclusive to Africa. Combating international terrorism requires multilateral action by the international community (the so-called 'whole of society approach') and, above all, its effective prevention.


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