W.Africa suffered 700 terror attacks, 2,000 deaths since 2020

West Africa has suffered a total of 700 terrorist attacks resulting in 2,000 civilian and military deaths from 2020 to now, said an Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) official.

Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, the president of ECOWAS Commission, said on Saturday that insecurity was still a major concern for the region as violent extremism threatened the stability of the region, reports Xinhua news agency.

“Despite the significant efforts made by member states, particularly those on the frontline, terrorist attacks doubled between the first five months of 2020 and 2021.

“These attacks occur largely in Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, and Nigeria, spreading to coastal countries, and increasing the number of displaced persons in the West African sub-region.

“The implementation of the Regional Plan of Action to Combat Terrorism, which you adopted in September 2019, has commenced and should complement the significant efforts made by each member state to combat the menace,” he added.

The official urged that the planned mobilisation of funds for the implementation be done early to accelerate the process.