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Burkina Faso hit by terrorists, Jihadists widespread in West Africa, Liberia vulnerable

West Africa – Jihadist groups operating in Mali and North Africa are repositioning and diverting their focus from containment in one particular geographic location to attacking the entire West African sub region.

Several attempts to enter Ivory Coast have failed and multiple attempts to overrun Burkina Faso and establish a base have also failed.

Over the weekend, Jihadist sect launched a fierce attack on Burkina Faso but soldiers instituted an operation against the suspected jihadists in Burkina Faso on Sunday after the gunmen attacked a cafe in the capital Ouagadougou. At least two people including one foreigner were wounded in the Jihadist’s attack, government sources told international media group.

In another development, gunmen open fire on a restaurant on Monday, August 14, 2017 in the Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou, killing 18 people, including 8 foreign nations and seven locals.

The foreigners killed included a French man, one Canadian woman, a Turkish, a Lebanese, two Kuwaiti women, a male victim from Senegal and one person from Niger.

The advent and uncontrollable spree of the terrorists seem to put few vulnerable West African nations are risk. Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea are especially at risk if the leaders of these three nations do not establish a defined security framework to counter the plans and travels of potential terror cells.

Credible intelligence sources say terrorists are eying Liberia and may want to cause problems during the country’s election. Security experts are warning Liberia to tighten security and contain the movement of people crossing over from neighboring countries.

There are several unknown foreigners dwelling in the forest region of Liberia in Grand Gedeh County. Many of these people are said to be from Mali and Burkina Faso.  A top international security expert in New York says the presence of those people poses a grave security risk to Liberia.

Liberia has weak immigration and security system with non-Liberians from neighboring West African states, especially Guinea, Mali, Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Togo posing as Liberians and claiming Liberian citizenship without naturalization.

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Michael Harrington

Michael Harrington is a researcher and senior contributing reporter with Globe Afrique Media.

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