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The USA alerts Abuja of Al-Qaeda penetration in the northwest

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The United States has alerted the Nigerian government that the Al Qaeda group is entering the northwest of the country.

On Thursday, 6 August 20202 the Nigerian daily Vanguard reported that the commander of US special operations in Africa, Dagvin Anderson, said in his briefing that the group is also expanding to other parts of West Africa.

In his remarks, which The Cable, a local online publication, obtained from the US State Department, Anderson said the US will continue to partner with Nigeria in sharing intelligence.

“We have engaged with Nigeria and so continue with them in sharing intelligence and understanding what these violent extremists are doing. This intelligence sharing is therefore absolutely vital and we remain fully engaged with the government of Nigeria to enable them to understand what these terrorists are doing, what Boko Haram is doing, what ISIS and Al Qaeda are doing are seeking to expand further south into coastal areas,” he said.

According to the report, Anderson regretted that there had been a setback despite the successes recorded in previous years.

In recent times, there has been an upsurge in terrorist attacks in Kaduna, Katsina, Sokoto and other northwestern states.




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