A look at major extremist attacks in West Africa

Sunday, June 18, 2017|4 p.m.

DAKAR, Senegal– A take a look at significant attacks in West Africa by Islamic extremists over the last few years:

MARCH 2016: An assault along the beach in Ivory Coast’s resort town Grand Bassam left at least 19 dead. Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb declared obligation for the attack, determining the three aggressors as members of al-Mourabitoun and Sahara units.

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JANUARY 2016: Extremists assaulted a coffee shop near a hotel popular with foreigners in Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou, killing at least 30 individuals. Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb and al-Mourabitoun claimed obligation for the attack.

___ NOVEMBER 2015: Jihadists attacked the Radisson Blu hotel in Mali’s capital, Bamako, killing at least 20 people. Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb and al-Mourabitoun declared duty for that attack, stating it was their first joint attack since al-Mourabitoun signed up with al-Qaida’s North Africa branch in 2015.

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MARCH 2015: An attack at La Terrasse dining establishment in Bamako, Mali killed five individuals including a French resident and a Belgian nationwide. Al Mourabitoun, or The Sentinels, a northern Mali jihadist group allied with al-Qaida, rapidly claimed obligation. It was the first of its kind in Bamako.

A look at major extremist attacks in West Africa

By The Associated Press

DAKAR, Senegal (AP)– A look at significant attacks in West Africa by Islamic extremists recently:

MARCH 2016: An attack along the beach in Ivory Coast’s resort town Grand Bassam left a minimum of 19 dead. Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb declared responsibility for the attack, recognizing the 3 assailants as members of al-Mourabitoun and Sahara systems.

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JANUARY 2016: Extremists assaulted a cafe near a hotel popular with immigrants in Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou, eliminating at least 30 people. Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb and al-Mourabitoun declared obligation for the attack.

___ NOVEMBER 2015: Jihadists attacked the Radisson Blu hotel in Mali’s capital, Bamako, killing at least 20 individuals. Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb and al-Mourabitoun declared obligation for that attack, stating it was their first joint attack given that al-Mourabitoun joined al-Qaida’s North Africa branch in 2015.

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MARCH 2015: An attack at La Terrasse dining establishment in Bamako, Mali killed five people consisting of a French person and a Belgian national. Al Mourabitoun, or The Guards, a northern Mali jihadist group allied with al-Qaida, rapidly declared obligation. It was the first of its kind in Bamako.

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