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DANGER: Jihadists may be opening new front in Southern Africa

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According to a recent Institute for Security Studies report, SA has been linked to al-Shabaab, Al Qaeda and most recently Islamic State, with about a 100 South Africans estimated to have joined the group.


18 Aug 2020
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DANGER: Jihadists may be opening new front in Southern Africa

A mound of ashes is seen in the recently attacked village of Aldeia da Paz outside Macomia, Mozambique, on August 24, 2019. AFP/File/MARCO LONGARI

The advent of violent extremism in Mozambique and its implications for peace and security in southern Africa has security experts on tenterhooks, particularly since the region is beset with enabling factors. According to the Human Sciences Research Council’s Africa Institute of South Africa, the presence of violent extremists affiliated with Islamic State (IS) in northern Mozambique has raised the threat levels in the region. With the African Union peacekeeping force in Somalia and a clampdown on violent extremism in Kenya and Tanzania, the institute has interrogated whether the IS-affiliated extremists are opening up a new front in Mozambique. Outright poverty,...

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