Although Reuters reported Monday night that one of the most prominent jihadist groups in the Sinai Peninsula region of Egypt has pledged its allegiance to the Islamic State caliphate, confusion remains as to the extent of the groups' connection as The Institute For the Study of War claims the reports of allegiance are false.
Reuters reported that the terrorist group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, or "Partisans of Jerusalem", issued a statement Monday night saying that the group is loyal to the Islamic State and also labeled ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as the caliph (Muslim prince) of all nations.
"After entrusting God we decided to swear allegiance to the emir of the faithful Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, caliph of the Muslims in Syria and Iraq and in other countries," the statement said. more >>
Thousands of people are breaking Ebola quarantines in order to search for food in Sierra Leone in spite of a rising infection rate in the West African country, international aid agencies have said.
Despite government programs, supported by the U.N.'s World Food Program, delivering food and other necessities to quarantined people, there are a number of areas in the country that have not been reached by the aid, forcing thousands to go out and search for food.
"We have to take the sick out and take the responsibility with firmness. We must end Ebola now," said President Ernest Bai Koroma, who urged ordinary citizens to do more to help with the crisis, The Associated Press reported on Tuesday. more >>
A suicide bomber launched an attack during a procession of Shiite Muslims killing 23 in Nigeria on Monday.
The Shiite procession was marking the ritual of Ashoura — which marks the death of Muhammad's grandson, Imam Hussein, in a battle more than 1,300 years ago — in northeast Nigeria's Yobe state.
Terror group Boko Haram has denied that it has a ceasefire agreement with the Nigerian government or is engaged in negotiation with it to release the over 200 Chibok schoolgirls abducted in April. The Islamist group claims the girls have been converted to Islam and married off.
"Don't you know the over 200 Chibok schoolgirls have converted to Islam?" Boko Haram's leader Abubakar Shekau says in a video released Saturday. "They have now memorized two chapters of the Quran."
Burkina Faso declared a state of emergency on Thursday and dissolved its government after protesters angry at President Blaise Compaore's 27-year rule stormed parliament buildings and set them ablaze.
Army chief General Honore Traore revealed that a new transitional government would be put in place, which will be "in consultation with all parties."
"A return to the constitutional order is expected in no more than 12 months," Traore added. more >>
Terror group Boko Haram has kidnapped at least 30 boys and girls in a village raid in northeast Nigeria over the weekend, reports have said. The Nigerian government has insisted that despite the ongoing attacks, negotiations to release over 200 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in April can continue.
"In the past two days Boko Haram insurgents stormed Mafa and abducted 30 boys aged 13 and above and girls aged 11 and above," Mafa local government chairman Shettima Maina said, according to CNN.
"They took them away to their base in the bush, and we believe they are going to use them as foot soldiers," he added. more >>