Two Sahara-based jihadist groups merge

23 August 2013

US international broadcaster Voice of America features a report on the merging of two North African militant groups, formerly linked to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. Both have been responsible for taking hostages and launching suicide attacks. EFD Fellow Bakary Sambe contributes to the report.

Bakary notes that the name of this new group "Mourabitounes" comes from a thousand year old Islamist Berber dynasty, which was responsible for helping spread Islam in West Africa.

You can read the article by Anne Look here.