West African leaders pledge $1 billion to fight jihadists
The leaders of West African nations have announced a plan to combat the growing problem of Islamist violence in the region. Jihadist groups have strengthened their presence across the arid Sahel region this year.
Attackers kill 12 civilians in northeast DR Congo
Twelve civilians, including two children, were killed during two attacks carried out by suspected members of the Islamist-rooted ADF militia group in northeast DR Congo.
Sri Lanka says militant leader killed in Easter bombings
Sri Lankan Islamist leader Zahran Hashim was apparently killed in one of the suicide attacks on Easter, President Maithripala Sirisena said. Police are now hunting for some 140 people with suspected "Islamic State" ties.
Insecurity throws Nigeria's election preparations into disarray
In northeast Nigeria, a surge in attacks by Boko Haram and the Islamist insurgency's offshoot, Islamic State West African Province, is throwing plans for the February 16 presidential election into chaos.
Suspected Boko Haram militants kill 15 in northeast Nigeria - residents
Suspected members of the Islamist Boko Haram insurgency killed at least 15 people in an attack on a group of villages in northeast Nigeria late on Wednesday, residents told Reuters.
Somalia: Famine fears in a failed state
Almost seven million Somalis, half the population, are dependent on food aid. But delivering this aid is difficult. Almost all state structures are missing, some regions are controlled by the Islamist al-Shabab militia and corruption is pervasive throughout the state.
Hostages held in Somalia's capital after a suicide bomb attack
At least 19 people have been killed after Islamist attackers launched a car bomb and gun attack on a busy hotel and adjacent restaurant in the Somali capital, police say.