Abuja: It is being indicated that the terrorist organisation IS is becoming stronger in Africa. Two major terrorist attacks have been carried out, in the last five days, in Nigeria, one of the leading economies in Africa, killing a minimum of 50 people. It is suspected that the terrorist organisation IS has a hand in the attacks.
Last Thursday, the IS carried out a fierce attack on the Kareto military base, at Borno, in north-eastern Nigeria. 20 soldiers, including a commander, were killed in the attack. The terrorist organisation devastated the base, by torching even the tanks present at the base. This is the fourth major attack on the military, in the last two months. The IS published information regarding the attack. Following the attack on the military base, dreadful suicide explosive attacks were carried out outside the football stadium in Kondunga. Two women and one man carried out these blasts and more than 30 people were killed in the blasts. More than 40 people were injured in the blasts, and the number of dead may increase further.
These successive attacks put a question mark on the security systems of major African countries, including Nigerian and the counter-terrorism campaigns, initiated by the western countries. Comprehensive counter-terror campaigns have been undertaken by the United States and the European countries, in various African countries. The western countries are making liberal use of drones, fighter jets, helicopters, advanced armed vehicles, rockets and missiles during this campaign.
Thousand of the soldiers from the United States and European countries have been deployed in the African countries, and they are even training the local militaries. Despite all these initiatives, attacks by terrorist organisations like IS, Boko Haram, Al Shabab and Al Qaeda have been increasing. These increasing attacks only point to the failure of the African countries, as well as the campaigns undertaken by the western countries.
Nigeria is an oil-rich country and is among the leading economies in Africa. But the increasing domination of the terrorist organisations, ethnic violence and attacks by the criminal gangs shows that the security systems of the country have completely collapsed.
Meanwhile, Ibrahim Thiaw, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, has warned that the increasing violence in Nigeria is because of two factors, Water and land, and the intensifying conflict over this could become a trigger for the third world war.