Burkina Faso: Ansaroul Islam prêtera-t-il allégeance à l’État islamique?

Un compte télégramme proche du groupe AQMI et un compte twitter proche de l’État islamique ont rapporté le 13 avril, qu’un groupe jihadiste burkinabè pourrait prêter allégeance (bay’ah) au soi-disant État islamique (EI). Bien que ce groupe n’ait pas été nommé, des informations (considérées comme rumeurs) font référence au groupe Ansaroul Islam dirigé par Boureïma Dicko, …

Jihadist Groups In The Sahel Region Formalize Merger

Leading figures gathered for the announcement of the merger into Jama’at Nusrat ul-Islam wal-Muslimin (screen capture from the video released by al-Zaleqa Foundation for Media Productions) By Héni Nsaibia In the midst of a faltering peace process in Mali that are characterized by quarrels and cleavages between the Malian government and signatory armed groups, they are increasingly …

Burkina Faso: The jihadist threat continuously rising in the far north – A new Ansar Dine branch in gestation, Ansaroul Islam?

From targeted killings to complex attack – The Irchad network Recent months have seen a significant increase in incidents of suspected jihadist activity in the Soum Province of Burkina Faso’s far north. Spillover from the Mali conflict in the border areas is nothing new, but the current trend shows very negative tendencies. Various attacks have …

MENASTREAM – Sahel Report for October 2016

Security-related incidents and key developments October has been a violent month in northern and central Mali on a similar level as previous month, although there was a notable increase in more complex attacks, with attacks and activity recorded in zones pertaining to AQIM, Ansar Dine and MUJAO or in respective group’s main area of operations. Most …

Mali: Suicide attack targeted Swedish peacekeepers in Timbuktu

Approximate location of the attack On the evening of October 10, around 20h00 local time, a suicide bomber targeted a Swedish MINUSMA patrol in the town of Timbuktu. While the patrol was conducting a routine mission an unidentified man approached the patrol and detonated an explosive device attached to his body, probably a explosive belt, …