West Africa region is experiencing an upward trend in infections with coronavirus (COVID-19) since the first infection was announced in the region in March 2020. This comes at a time when terrorist organizations have intensified their attacks to benefit from the preoccupation by governments with combating the epidemic. This raises questions about the risks of the epidemic spread for counter-terrorism efforts and the likely scenarios.
The countries of the Gulf of Guinea (which includes several countries in West and Central Africa, most notably Angola, Benin, Togo, Cameroon, Nigeria, and Côte d'Ivoire) face a growing expansion of terrorist organizations, especially with the escalation of attacks on these countries' borders with Burkina Faso.
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