Ramadan ended on June 3rd this year. I posted with the overview the following week. There has been no abatement of murder and destruction. In fact, the pace of killing seems to be increasing.
This will not be reported in American mass media. Conservative niche media will only take notice of the most horrifying crimes. The murders of hundreds of Africans is only noted by Christian niche media. Most of the victims are Christians, of course, though plenty of Pagans are murdered by Muslims as well. Every now and then Muslims are killed in reprisals, and that is ten times as likely to get reported in western mass media as other violence.
If you do a search of any mass media news site, or any Big Tech news aggregator, you discover some interesting results. The stuff I note below turns up on page three or four, or not at all. If you search for “Muslim” you get pro-Islam stories. If you search for these countries by name, you get stories about sports stars who come from these nations. You also get articles about western NGOs and their work in these countries. What you have to work really hard to find is reporting on jihad, which is a daily fact of life in much of Africa.
I determined to provide a snapshot of the ongoing death and destruction wrought by jihadis in Africa. This is an amazing tale that goes unreported. It should inform our understanding of the Islamic world, and the violence that accompanies Islam. The following is simply a review of recent events.
I mentioned Burkina Faso in my Ramadan Bombathon post. There was an attack on a church every Sunday in Ramadan this year.
More than 80 people were killed, including 16 Cameroonian soldiers, during an attack by suspected Boko Haram Islamists in the north of the country, the defense ministry said.
Eight civilians and 64 fighters also died in the pitched battle in the Darak locality of Cameroon’s Far North Region on June 9, while another eight fighters were taken prisoner, Defence Minister Joseph Beti Assomo said in statement handed to reporters in the capital, Yaounde.
Here is an interesting bit about Cameroon, which is getting spillover from Nigeria. Boko Haram fighters cross the border either to stir up trouble or as they flee from Nigerian government forces.
Since 2014, the Far North region of Cameroon has experienced several devastating attacks displacing a total of 262,831 Cameroonians as of May 2019. As the country struggles to deal with this unprecedented number of internally displaced citizens within its borders, it is simultaneously hosting over 136,000 Nigerian refugees who fled to Cameroon as a result of the same conflict.
Cameroon also has internal strife. The two large English-speaking provinces have a separatist movement going on, claiming that the government has been stealing elections, which of course they have been. The government arrested 350 peaceful protesters in an escalation over this confrontation.
Central African Republic
The “3R” Fulani Muslim militia used a supposed peace deal as a pretense to host a meeting, then murdered their guests. May, 2019.
More than 26 people were killed on Tuesday and many were wounded when an armed group attacked two villages in northwestern Central African Republic, the UN’s peacekeeping mission said.
At least four Chadian soldiers and a television reporter were killed when their vehicle hit a mine on a road in eastern Chad, security sources said Sunday.
The victims were in a convoy on Saturday, May 25 headed towards an army position that had been attacked by elements of the Boko Haram insurgent group overnight, the sources said.
The timeline of events is unclear.
“This delegation of the Chadian army was headed to N’Gounboua, where elements of Boko Haram had attacked an army position overnight, killing at least one on our side,” a security source told AFP.
Alwihda reported that 23 Boko Haram fighters were killed in Berkara, near N’Gouboua on Saturday night. N’Goubouais on the northeastern bank of Lake Chad, near the borders with Nigeria and Niger.
The Chadian Army cannot win every time, even with covert aid from America and France. Chad is about 44% Christian, but parts of Chad are 90% Muslim. The Christians of Kintchendi have a difficult choice to make:
On June 7, the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram kidnapped a Christian woman in the village of Kintchendi in the Diffa region in southeastern Niger. She was released yesterday with a letter to all the Christians living in that area to “leave the town within three days or be killed.”
A tourist bus was bombed near the Pyramids on May 20. 17 wounded.
This also happened in Egypt, but in Sinai near Gaza, so not technically in Africa:
Egyptian security personnel were killed Wednesday, June 5 in militant attacks on several security posts in the restive North Sinai region, according to media reports.
One of the checkpoints near the city of Arish was run by Egypt’s Central Security Forces and two others by the military, according to the independent news website Mada Masr, which said 10 police officers had been killed.
The militants attempted to capture armored vehicles, according to reports on social media and AFP citing a security source. Police and Egyptian Armed Forces personnel were battling the attackers and killed a number of the militants, the reports said.
Egypt’s interior ministry later put the death toll at eight, including two officers, and said five militants were killed. The ministry said the attack targeted the Batal-14 checkpoint south of Arish, but did not confirm reports of two additional attacks.
At least eight Kenyan police officers were killed on Saturday, June 15 when their vehicle was struck by an IED while on patrol in Wajir County near the border with Somalia, police sources said. … Unnamed Kenyan officials earlier said those killed were among a group of officers who were pursuing gunmen who had kidnapped three police reservists in Konton centre in Wajir East, Al Jazeera reported. Those sources said at least 10 police officers had been killed in the explosion.
Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the kidnapping, saying they had temporarily taken control of Khorof Harar village.
At least 95 people were killed Sunday evening when armed men attacked an ethnic Dogon village in central Mali, a mayor told CNN on Monday.
The gunmen set fire to the village and fired shots, fleeing at around midnight, the mayor, Ali Dolo, said. The attack was carried out by Fulani men, he said.
CNN took pains to point out that 134 Fulani had been killed in reprisal attacks in March. They did not explain the massacres that the reprisals were for. The word “Muslim” did not appear in their two articles about jihad in Africa this month.
Mozambique has experienced an upsurge in Islamicist violence in recent years, though much less than some of the other countries in Africa. This past April, Mozambique was slammed by a cyclone. The storm, storm damage, storm cleanup, and related matters crowded everything else out of the news.
Boko Haram continues its killing. More jihadi murders happened in Nigeria last year than in any other country except Afghanistan and Syria. There was a little blip of notice in conservative niche media because two Nigerian women spoke to Heritage Foundation on Tuesday, June 11. One of them is the mother of a girl who was kidnapped along with 110 other schoolgirls in Dapchi, back in February of 2018. Five of the girls died, and all but two of the rest were either sprung or released. Boko Haram is still holding two girls, including this woman’s daughter, because they refused to renounce Jesus. The thing that made it newsworthy was that the woman made it to America to appeal to President Trump for help.
On May 26, Christians were attacked just as they were leaving Sunday morning worship. Reports vary with between 7 to 30 murdered in several locations. Twenty homes of Christians were burned. These attacks, along with many others, were not included in a Boko Haram timeline posted by CNN on June 9.
There is some good news from Nigeria. I don’t know if this means real progress towards peace:
A total of 894 children, including 106 girls, were released from the ranks of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) in Maiduguri, north-east Nigeria today, as part of its commitment to end and prevent the recruitment and use of children.
The CJTF is a local militia that helps the Nigerian security forces in the fight against insurgency in north-east Nigeria. It was formed in 2013, with the aim of protecting communities from attack.
It is good that the anti-Boko Haram fighters are giving up their child soldiers. The government of Nigeria pledged to do more to fight Boko Haram. Most of those kids will probably end up as refugees either elsewhere in Nigeria or perhaps in Cameroon.
You may well wonder why I have Niger on this list, since it is 99.5% Muslim. But jihadis believe that most Muslims are not sufficiently adhering to Sharia, and they fight the government that occasionally tries to stop the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP, a faction of Boko Haram) from crossing borders. You may also recall that a couple of Americans got killed while on a clandestine mission in Niger in 2017. Boss Mongo is a friend of a guy whose son was on that mission.
Not all military missions in Niger end in failure. The most recent one was a success.
Security forces in Niger foiled three weekend attacks in the capital Niamey and in the southeastern city of Diffa, the government said. … Five people including “two known terrorists” were arrested near Niamey’s international airport on Saturday, the defense ministry said in a statement read on state radio on Monday, June 3.
“These terrorists intended to perpetrate attacks in the city of Niamey or its environs,” the statement said. On Sunday, two attacks were thwarted in the Diffa area, according to the ministry.
Overnight, four would-be suicide bombers were “neutralized,” one near a fuel depot and three at the Diffa airport, the ministry said. Local officials had earlier said all four militants were killed near the depot, which stores oil and gas for the region.
Also in Diffa, an attack on a church was averted on Sunday morning, the defense ministry said. “The suicide bomber and his guide were arrested outside the church. They had an explosives belt and its detonator” as well as a firearm and ammunition, it said.
On June 7, the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram kidnapped a Christian woman in the village of Kintchendi in the Diffa region in southeastern Niger. She was released yesterday [June 10] with a letter to all the Christians living in that area to “leave the town within three days or be killed.”
Somalia has been torn by war for over 25 years.
…a car bomb exploded near the Somalia parliament on Saturday, killing eight people, emergency workers said, hours after militia executed nine civilians from a clan with suspected links to al-Shabaab.
“We have confirmed eight people killed and 16 others wounded in the blast,” the private Aamin Ambulance service said. A second blast on a key road leading to the airport of the Somali capital Mogadishu did not cause any casualties.
Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attacks saying they were “they were targeting two checkpoints, one of them along the airport road and (the other) along the road that leads to house of legislators.”
According to security sources the second explosives-laden car a Toyota Noah, was spotted by security forces at a checkpoint. They opened fire and killed a man in the car, which then exploded. …
Earlier Saturday, police said local militia executed nine civilians after Al-Shabaab killed a police officer.
The revenge attack Friday just outside Galkayo – one of the most developed cities in the centre of the country – targeted the Rahanweyn clan, several of whose members are suspected to be Shabaab fighters.
“This was a horrible incident, a gruesome killing against nine unarmed innocent civilians in southern Galkayo. All of the civilians belong to one clan and the gunmen shot them dead in one location a few minutes after suspected Shabaab gunmen killed” a policeman, said local police official Mohamed Abdirahman.
“This is an unacceptable act and we will bring those perpetrators to justice,” said Hussein Dini, a traditional elder.
“Their killing cannot be justified. It seems that the merciless gunmen were retaliating for the security official who they believe was killed by Al-Shabaab gunmen belonging to the clan of the victims.”
Street protests that started in late 2018 led to a coup this past April. The generals removed Omar al-Bashir from power. The street protests continued, however, with protesters saying, essentially, “we wanted the generals to take over, but not these generals.” The guys in power are al-Bashir’s old cronies. Things turned really ugly when police fired on protesters at the end of Ramadan:
Hopes of a peaceful transition of power took a fatal blow on June 3, when soldiers and paramilitary groups opened fire on a pro-democracy sit-in in Khartoum, according to witnesses, killing dozens of people and injuring hundreds. About 40 bodies were found to have been dumped in the River Nile after the attack.
In this case the protesters are all Muslims, so this is not jihad; it is just a military junta oppressing their own people. Beatings, political imprisonment, rape and murder have all been charged. This is a story that has appeared a little bit in some American media outlets. Less than one percent of Sudan’s population is not Muslim, and the non-Muslims are keeping their heads down as best they can.
South Sudan was torn by a very long civil war that culminated in independence from Sudan in 2011. At the end of 2013 a power struggle plunged South Sudan into a new civil war. Sudan is divided seven ways, primarily tribally. In the midst of this chaos Sudan has occupied large portions of South Sudan’s oil fields. Cross border incursions have led to friction with Uganda. There has been violence, but I did not see anything there that could be attributed to jihad.
I counted 247 persons killed since the end of Ramadan two weeks ago in jihadi attacks in Africa. The summary above adds up to more than that because I included murders that occurred back in May.
Media silence. American mass media is failing to inform us. We have to inform each other.