"Data from the latest global terrorism index indicates that the Sahel and West African regions have now become the epicentre of terrorism and violent extremism with four countries in the regions in the top 10 countries in the world most impacted by terrorism"
“The 1st quarter of 2022 saw 346 terrorist attacks in Africa. 45 percent of that occurred in West Africa. In August 2022 alone West Africa recorded 76 terrorist attacks and it resulted in 187 deaths and 22 injuries,” he said.
Terrorism, Political Instability Affecting Mining Investment In West Africa - Australian High Commissioner
According to Owen-Jones, investors are getting wind of information on how terrorist and jihadist groups are spreading in the sub-region, particularly to coastal areas which is deterring them from putting money in the region.
“We are acutely aware of the growing security and political challenges faced by mining companies operating in West Africa-particularly in the Sahel region, where terrorist groups affiliated with Islamic State and Al Qaeda continue to expand their footprint.
“Political instability and coups in the region during the past three years have also created challenges for mining sector investment,” she said.
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