The al Qaeda-linked group MUJAO has claimed responsibility for coordinated suicide attacks in Niger on Thursday targeting an army barracks and French-run uranium mine, killing at least 20 people and taking several trainee soldiers hostage.
The clash between Tunisia's ruling Islamist Ennahda party and the Salafist Ansar al-Sharia escalated over the weekend, when Prime Minister Ali Larayedh linked the Salafist group with terrorism. But what does this mean for Tunisia's security?
The city of Maiduguri and other northeastern areas remained under curfew on Sunday as Nigerian forces targeted Boko Haram strongholds. The defence ministry said 14 Islamists and three army soldiers had been killed since Saturday.
Algerian authorities have censored two newspapers for printing information about President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s “declining” health. Bouteflika has not been seen since he was admitted to a Paris hospital late April.
One person was killed on Sunday as Tunisian police clashed with supporters of Ansar al-Sharia in Kairouan and the suburbs of Tunis. Hundreds of followers of the hard-line Islamist group were protesting a government ban on their annual congress.
Members of an al Qaeda-linked cell detained by Egyptian authorities earlier this week were planning to commit suicide attacks on the French and US embassies in Cairo, the MENA state news agency quoted investigators as saying on Wednesday.
International donors pledged €3.25 billion to help rebuild conflict-hit Mali at an international conference in Brussels on Wednesday. The pledges vastly exceeded expectations, with Mali originally hoping to secure some €2 billion in funding.
Soldiers were being deployed in northeastern Nigeria for a planned offensive against Islamic extremists after Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday declared a state of emergency in three states under threat from Boko Haram.
A car bomb exploded on Tuesday in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi, with conflicting reports on the death toll. Libya's Deputy Interior Minister Abdullah Massoud has said that at 15 people were killed and another 30 wounded.