- Three militants opened fire on a beach resort in Cote d'Ivoire this month, killing 18 people. Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) claimed responsibility for the attack, according to media reports.
- Three police officers and five-alleged Boko Haram suicide bombers were killed during clashes in Niger on Wednesday, Reuters reported.
Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) has gained a foothold in northern Mali, as well as Mauritania, Niger and Algeria to the north. The jihadist group aligns itself with the main Al Qaeda organization and is dedicated to destabilizing governments in the region and implementing shariah (Islamic) law.
In March, AQIM claimed responsibility, according to media reports, for an attack on a beach resort in Cote d'Ivoire that killed 18 people, including several foreigners.
"There is unquestionably a need to improve border security and intelligence-sharing across West Africa, but ultimately, even the most sophisticated defense apparatus will not be able to prevent such attacks 100 percent of the time," Sean Smith, Africa analyst at risk consultancy Verisk Maplecroft, said in a note after the attack.
Further south, Nigeria and surrounding countries continue to struggle with Boko Haram, an ISIS-aligned jihadist group. It has attempted to establish a "caliphate" or Islamic state in northern Nigeria, exploiting the government's weak control of the large area.
Last Wednesday, Reuters reported that three police officers and five alleged-Boko Haram suicide bombers were killed in Niger during armed clashes.